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.
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?
I find it hard to believe sometimes that Carol Wyer started off writing light and humorous books as her style has certainly gone quite far over to the dark side since then! But I’ve been thoroughly enjoying her chance in genre and the Kate Young series in particular has been a real favourite of mine! So I was delighted to be invited onto the blog tour for A Life for a Life and today I will be sharing my review over on Instagram as well as on my blog. If you don’t follow me already then check out @my_chestnut_reading_tree and give me a follow!
I will start by saying that A Life for a Life is a series so obviously you may have missed out on character and small plot developments from the previous 2 books-this doesn’t mean you can’t read it as a stand-alone as you certainly can, but you may not get the best of Kates person life if you come straight in at book 3. This means if you have read the previous books you are going to love book 3 and if you haven’t then it’s a good excuse to go on a spending spree!
The opening pages were incredibly harrowing as a family event comes to a very dramatic conclusion. But it isn’t immediately clear how and why this relates to what happens later. DI Kate Young has been struggling with her personal difficulties but she needs to put them to one side when she’s called to the discovery of a body. This and the murders that follow are very gruesome and I found myself really struggling with some of the victims too as, without saying too much, it was heartbreaking to watch them going about their normal lives right up until the second they realised their time was up. This case is devastating for those left behind due to the manner in which the victims are killed. Who could be responsible for such heinous crimes and why? Kate has the unenviable task of find out…
A Life for a Life is a gripping read that’s not for the faint hearted! It’s a dark, nightmare of a book that made me feel uncomfortable throughout but unable to put it down! Kate is a great character creation and so well developed but written in such a way as to leave you feeling you still don’t really know her at times! This left me unsure sometimes of how she would react during certain situations adding an added thrill to the storyline. This series still has lots of give!
Although disturbing at times I absolutely loved A Life for a Life and can’t wait until the next time we meet Kate Young! Such a good read!
Carol Wyer is a USA Today bestselling author and winner of the People’s Book Prize Award. Her 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.
In 2021, An Eye For An Eye, the first in the DI Kate Young series, was chosen as a Kindle First Reads. It became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Australia. The third, A Life For A Life, is due out March 15th, 2022, but is available to preorder.
Carol has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and written for the Huffington Post. She’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows and on Sky and BBC Breakfast television.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband, Mr. Grumpy . . . who is very, very grumpy.
When not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.
To learn more, go to http://www.carolwyer.co.uk, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on Twitter @carolewyer