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?
After reading the extremely tempting blurb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of An Eye for an Eye and, just as I suspected, I loved the main character and really fell for the writing style as it really lured me in to DI Kate Young’s world. It’s a difficult genre to create memorable characters in and I really felt that Kate and her two Detective Sergeants, Morgan Meredith and Emma Donaldson sprang to life straight off the page and I immediately believed in them and their determination to crack this case.
When Kate is set on solving the murder of a high powered businessman in his own home, we are intrigued alomg with her about the significance and possible symbolism of one of his eyes being taen away from the scene and soon feel just as determined as Kate and her team to solve this twisty and very satisfying read. It must be so difficult for crime writers to keep coming up with fresh and exciting ‘cases to crack’ and I think that this is one of the aspects of Carol Wyer’s writing that is gathering the most acclaim. You really feel like you get a deep dive into the case with Kate and her somewhat unorthodox way of proceeding with things really sets her apart as a protagonist.
I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to dwell too long on the plot of An Eye for an Eye as I want you to be able to experience all the twists and turns for yourself – suffice to say that the skilful way that Wyer weaves the many and disparate elements of this case into the narrative is superbly done and remains convincing throughout. I know at times it can feel like the fictional world is saturated with detectives with complicated back stories but the comparisons with Broadchurch are absolutely deserved and I defy you to get beyond the fourth page and not be locked in for the ride!
I loved the way that this novel wove many threads together – a convincing detective story, a look at what it means to be a woman in a man’s world, an examination of the way that small town life is never as idyllic and safe as you might imagine. An Eye for an Eye is definitely one of those novels that stays with you long after closing its final page and one that I will definitely be recommending to my friends – it packs a powerful punch and never lets up in terms of maintaining its cracking pace until you close the final page. I can’t wait to see what Carol Wyver does next. I’m a sucker for a fantastically written crime read and Kate is one of my favourite new crime writing creations. I can’t wait to see where this series goes and heartily recommend it for anyone who is bored of generic crime novels and thirsting for something really different .
Away and treat yourself – You’ll thank me for it.
But you don’t just have to take my word for it, have a look at the praise it has gathered already and enjoy!
“This was one thrilling ride full of tension and twists.” —Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series
“A grisly killer, a ticking clock, and an investigator whose career is on the line: An Eye for an Eye kept me hooked and wanting more.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series
“WOW! Gritty and tense. DI Kate Young is an exciting new lead character I can’t wait to see more of in this compelling series.” —K. L. Slater, bestselling author of Little Whispers and The Apartment
“An Eye for an Eye is a fascinating whodunit loaded with secrets and suspense and guided by a lead detective who refuses to be pushed around.” —T.R. Ragan, New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sawyer Brooks series
“An Eye for an Eye is a refreshing, gripping read that will keep you guessing until its shattering conclusion.” —Lisa Regan, bestselling author of the Josie Quinn series
“An Eye for an Eye is a taut and emotional thriller that delivers on the promises set in the first, gripping scene.” —Danielle Girard, USA Today bestselling author
“A compelling story—emotive, addictive, and harrowing at times. Watch out for this one!” —Noelle Holten, author of the DC Maggie Jamieson series
“A riveting mystery with an unforgettable protagonist, An Eye for an Eye reads as if Broadchurch was written by Ian Rankin.” —Jason Pinter, bestselling author of A Stranger at the Door
“A turbo-charged page-turner with a ton of emotion, An Eye for an Eye will have you trusting no-one, suspecting everyone, and guessing right up until the final twist. Brilliant.” —Chris Merritt, author of the Lockhart & Green series
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.
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Published in paperback, digital and audio formats by Thomas & Mercer on 1st February 2021