Today I am honoured to be joining the blog tour for An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer. Thanks to Emma at https://damppebbles.com/damppebbles-blog-tours/ for organising this tour and to Carol Wyer and Amazon Publishing for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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?
’m so excited and proud to be part of Kate Young’s world from the beginning and I cannot wait for more.
The opening is dramatic and breath taking and introduces Kate really well. She’s suffered trauma and is struggling to function in everyday life. Fast forward a few months and Kate is called from sick leave and begged to assist in a new murder case. A wealthy businessman has been tortured and killed inside his home and Kate is the best at what she does. It isn’t long before there is a second murder and the team are racing against the clock with very limited information.
In the opening chapters Dwyer portrays Kate in such a vulnerable way – really giving the reader insight into her mental state and taking them along for the ride. Things are foggy, disjointed and blurred and as a reader I really felt this with her. As the narrative progresses this never fully leaves her – it’s not like she has a miraculous recovery (which is unrealistic) but she does begin to find her old self again and becomes stronger and healthier throughout but always struggling. There is a strong emotional pull with this novel as there are themes of grief, loss and PTSD running throughout and from different perspectives. Kate has been really well developed in this first instalment and I cannot wait to see where her path leads in the future.
The investigation is cleverly plotted and intense. As threads begin to unravel, things become more complicated. Everyone seems to have something to hide, including those closest to Kate, and this makes for a more intense read. With every new reveal of a clue, shadow of doubts were thrown across more characters, creating a tangled web for Kate to work through. This is a dark thriller, and I loved getting into the medical details a little (not too intense but fascinating) as I have always enjoyed that side of investigations. This is an intense read which is difficult to put down once you begin.
This is a brilliant start to a new series with a character who already feels familiar and I feel a connection to as a reader. I cannot wait to read more.
Autor Bio – Carol Wyer
USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.
A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST and demonstrated that stand-up comedian Carol had found her true niche.
To date, her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.
When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2LdJpdV
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35y4g2j
Published in paperback, digital and audio formats by Thomas & Mercer on 1st February 2021