Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer today. A big thank you to the author for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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?
An Eye for an Eye is the first book in a brand new series from Carol Wyer and what a brilliant start it was! In this book we are introduced to DI Kate Young. Kate is summoned back to work after a period of absence due to a traumatic event. Is Kate ready though?
I thought Kate was a perfect combination of flawed and determined. For me the fact that she didn’t have a perfect personal life and had a kind of dark edge worked really well. Throughout the story you can see how Kate wrestles with both the case and her personal life. I think this definitely helped to connect the reader to her character. You see Kate struggling but also see how determined she is to get to the bottom of things.
The plot itself was well crafted with a good balance between showing Kate’s personal issues and the troubling case that she has been tasked to solve. No spoilers from me but I also enjoyed a certain thread that ran through the story. This added a different feel and made the story stand out even more for me. Although this part of the story may not have come as a huge surprise to me I still thought it played out very well. A few other shocks along the way really helped to keep things interesting. As Kate found the case even more complex with every new reveal.
An Eye for an Eye is dark at times especially when the crime scenes and the victims injuries are described. I loved trying to figure it out although at first I couldn’t quite seem to line up all the clues. It was great to be kept on my toes at times but also great to just sit back and enjoy the journey wondering how it would all end.
An Eye for an Eye was a wonderful start to the Detective Kate Young series and I am already looking forward to book two!