Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer—except an unpredictable detective.

When a young man is found lying on a station platform with a hole in his head, DI Kate Young is called in to investigate the grisly murder. But the killing is no one-off. As bodies start to pile up, she is faced with what might be an impossible task—to hunt down a ruthless killer on a seemingly random rampage.

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Meanwhile, Kate has her own demons to battle as she struggles to come to terms with her husband’s death. And she is hell-bent on exposing corruption within the force and bringing Superintendent John Dickson to justice. But with the trail of deception running deeper—and closer to home—than she could ever have imagined, she no longer knows who she can trust.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?

My Review

I couldn’t wait to read on each night to find out what happened. However, as this is the third book in the series, there is one story that is ongoing, but the other is totally standalone and exciting.

The book opens with a horrific car crash on the motorway. The driver, his pregnant wife, his sister and her four children are all involved. Then we jump to a body found on the station platform, a hole in the dead man’s head. It looks like an execution. But this is only the first body and the method of despatch is the same in all of them. So what connects the victims and what links them to what has now become the work of a serial killer? For DI Kate Young this is her most baffling case yet.

Kate’s team is made up of some great characters: tall, broad-shouldered, handsome DS Morgan Meredith, DS Emma Donaldson, whose childhood was very traumatic and recently added DC Jamie Webster who Kate doesn’t yet trust. When the team are no further forward enter eccentric profiler Samuel Links. What can he tell them about the killer? A great deal it would appear.

Turn the clock back one year exactly and Kate’s journalist husband Chris met an untimely death. It comforts her to ‘talk’ to him and get his advice. Was he silenced as part of Kate’s covert investigation into Superintendent John Dickson? It all revolves around child sex trafficking and prostitution and Kate believes Dickson is involved. All she needs is proof and to find two girls called Rosa and Stanka. But everyone is scared and rightly so.

For about 12 years a pair of swans named George and Zelda lived together happily on the lake in Pittville Park near my home. They were inseparable and many cygnets were the result. Some of you may even recall that George was shot through the eye with a crossbow – it made the national news – but he made a full recovery. Then last year Zelda died and George has been lonely ever since. Why am I telling you this? You’ll find out later on in the book.

Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages. A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche. February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. 

Carol 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’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome and Ageing Disgracefully‘and on BBC Breakfast television.

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.

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2 Comments on “A Life For a Life by Carol Wyer

  1. Veronika, a huge thank you for your truly fabulous review which put such a smile on my face (I have a soft spot for that hunk Morgan and Emma- might there be something special going on there?) but poor George and Zelda! (heart-breaking!) Thank you for taking part in the book tour and for sharing your thoughts on the book. I appreciate it enormously xoxo

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