Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Review: An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer (audio)

Title: An Eye for an Eye
Author: Carol Wyer
Series: Detective Kate Young, #1
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Published: February 2021, Brilliance Audio
Length: 11 hours 49 minutes
Source: Publisher

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?


My thoughts:  This is the first book in Carol Wyer's Detective Kate Young series, but not my first time reading Carol Wyer. She has written two fantastic series - the DI Robyn Carter series and the Detective Natalie Ward series - and while I have hated to see each of them come to an end, I am so excited to see her create this new series that has another strong female lead.

I think this is a great start to a new series. Detective Kate Young is a dynamic character, one that is flawed with many issues in her personal life. She is currently on leave due to a traumatic incident and as the book progresses, we the reader start to clue in on what that incident is. I started to put the pieces together and had an inkling but it wasn't until about a third of the way through that I finally figured it out. I really liked that we aren't told upfront what happens but rather are slowly fed clues until at last it all comes out at the end. This also ties in to the case that Kate is called back to work on...and this will set us up for the next book.

While the murders themselves were a grisly and awful, they didn't take place on the pages of the book, for which I am so thankful. Rather, the focus is on the aftermath and trying to figure out why the murders are taking place. The team that Kate has assembled was small and I am looking forward to getting to know them in future books - I hope they continue to work together!

I loved how quick this book moved. It is non-stop and between the flash-backs that Kate has from the traumatic event to the twists and turns that this book takes, I could not put this one down. While I did put a few things together, I was still shocked at some other developments.  This is going to be a great series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!!!

Audio thoughts: This was such a great book and I think it lent itself naturally to audio. The narrator was new to me and I think Henrietta Meire did a great job with the voices and the pacing. As this is a series, I do hope she will continue to be the one to narrate for the sake of consistency.

Books in this series:

  1. An Eye for an Eye
  2. A Cut for a Cut - due out June 2021


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