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An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young #1) by Carol Wyer


A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiraling 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?


This is a first in a police-procedural series and my first Carol Wyer book. When a vulnerable and dedicated detective with PTSD is pulled out of medical leave to solve the murder of a well-known businessman, she finds she cannot trust anyone including those close to her.

DI Kate Young has gone through a traumatic event that almost cost her her career. The nightmares, hallucinations, and panic attacks are always around the corner, but she manages to keep it together and with dogged determination track down a cool and calculating murderer. 

This solid whodunit has a long list of suspects and some interesting symbolic murders. Although it took me some time to figure out all of the necessary characters, the story had some shockingly clever surprises and an ending worth picking up the next book in the series.

I recommend this engaging police procedural with an unreliable narrator and psychological twists and turns where not everyone and everything is as they seem.

Thank you to Ms. Wyer for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Carol WyerUSA 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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