I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the first book in the DI Kate Young series by Carol Wyer, An Eye For An Eye, on my blog today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Emma Welton from Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part.
A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.
DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.
But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.
As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?
Wow, what a brilliant start to a new series. Having been a fan of Carol Wyer’s previous crime novels, I was really looking forward to seeing what she would come up with in, An Eye For An Eye. This is the first novel to feature DI Kate Young, and I can’t wait to see what Carol has install for Kate and the series next.
When we first meet Kate, she is just returning to work having recently gone through a traumatic event. Thoughts about that day still plague her mind, but she is determined to get back to work. And she is thrown headfirst into a gruesome new case. The body of a man, a wealthy businessman, who has also been tortured, has been found by his secretary. The part I found the most gruesome about this case was that the victim’s eye had been removed. This shows that whoever is carrying out the murders is doing this for revenge. This also becomes quickly apparent to Kate and her team.
There were so many intriguing characters and potential suspects in this book. It’s certainly fair to say that the first man to end up dead could have attracted a lot of enemies. Soon Kate finds herself in a race against time as more people are killed. But what is the motive here? When Kate finds a connection between the men who have been targeted, she uncovers an unnerving, dark secret. I really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening here, and I was invested in the plot.
I really felt for Kate as I was reading this book. I could feel her grief as she attempted to come to terms with what has happened in her recent history. She is trying to push on with things, but she is struggling, and there are some heartbreaking scenes, which I think will make readers really connect with Kate.
Carol Wyer tells a devastating story here. It makes you feel for all of those who are involved, especially the people who are left behind. There is a very powerful scene right towards the end of the book, which even makes Kate stop and think, and I thought it was very well done.
An Eye For An Eye is very well plotted, and the different avenues which Carol explored hid the real motives and the killer really well. Some of the twists which came towards the end of the book knocked me for six.
I was gripped right the way through, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. DI Kate Young is a character who, I am sure, will become a firm favourite of mine in the crime fiction genre. If you’re a fan of Carol’s books, then you are in for a treat. I can’t wait to read more!
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication date: 1st February 2021
Print length: 426 pages
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