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An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young Book 1) Kindle Edition
"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--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Winner of The People's Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is a bestselling author and stand-up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction. A move to the 'dark side' in 2017 saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost, the #2 bestselling book on Amazon, #9 bestselling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today bestseller. A second series, featuring DI Natalie Ward, quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish. Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully', and on BBC Breakfast television. She has written for Woman's Weekly, Take A Break, Choice, Yours, Woman's Own and HuffPost. She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband, Mr Grumpy...who is very, very grumpy.
To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B087Q1DKMR
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 February 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2239 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,168 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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DI Kate Young is a determined, tough but broken woman. She is on leave after a massively traumatic experience that we learn about throughout the book. However, when a prominent business man is murdered in his home, he superiors ask her to come back to Head the team to find the killer. It is a particularly gruesome murder and Kate has her work cut out for her. While still nowhere near finding their culprit another body is found, who has suffered a similar fate. And that is not all they have in common. The further they dig, the more this case twists and finds links to other cases.
I love that Kate was. It perfect, far from it. She is suffering, taking pills to get through the days. She makes mistakes, she works her butt off and I cannot wait to learn more about her.
I received this book as an Amazon First Reads for April 2021.
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The market for police procedurals is a crowded one, so to have any chance of standing out from the crowd and being successful, the author needs to establish a lead protagonist with a backstory and character traits that are sufficiently different and engaging.
In "An Eye for an Eye" author, Carol Wyer, goes a long way towards achieving that. However, there are other aspects of this book that I found quite grating and they prevent me from being able to class this as more than a 3-star read overall.
DI Kate Young is on leave after having been exposed to a very traumatic situation while on duty some months earlier. Following a recent murder on her patch in Staffordshire, Kate is persuaded to come back to work and lead a team investigating the crime. Will her troubled mental state allow her to perform the task to the best of her ability and what disturbing truths might she uncover along the way?
I liked the premise of this story, which at times put me in mind of Abi Morgan's "River", which was screened on the BBC a few years ago. I also enjoyed the Staffordshire setting, as it is a part of the country that I am very familiar with.
The big downside for me was the dialogue, which frequently grated. Carol Wyer is clearly an intelligent lady and an accomplished wordsmith, but there were numerous occasions when the characters were inappropriately speaking words that were clearly the author's, rather than the content being consistent with the character in question. Consequently, this undermined the credibility of the scenario.
Overall, it was still an enjoyable novel and serves its purpose of setting up a new series.
Note to publisher: A reference is made in the book to "Wednesday 2nd January 2021" , but 2nd January 2021 actually fell on a Saturday. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future editions.
Now as this is a Carol Wyer novel, I already knew coming into it that I was going to be faced with a complex and multi-faceted storyline and I wasn't disappointed. When we meet Kate, you can tell that she is going through some kind of breakdown, the reasons for which are not immediately clear but are drip fed to readers throughout the course of the novel. This means that when she is called back from sick-leave to investigate a complicated and high profile murder, we know that we are faced with a tortured soul. Just how tortured remains to be seen, but she is forced to face her demons, both real and of the emotional kind. As she is almost always on edge, it put me, as a reader, on edge to, wondering whether her position would be compromised by her mental state and whether she could overcome her troubles long enough to see the case more clearly.
And what a case this is. A high profile businessman murdered in his own home, his eye removed and taken from the scene. The murder weapon is somewhat innocuous in reality, the method of deployment less so, and all of it left me completely intrigued as to why the killer might go to such lengths when there had to be far easier ways in which to despatch their victims. And I say victims as it becomes clear quite early on that they have more than one target in mind. Whilst the murders are a bit grizzly, it is not played out on the page the focus more on the who whilst at the scene, the puzzling nature of the mess left behind taking a little longer to uncover.
I really did grow to like Kate and her small team. And for a murder squad it really is a small team - just two Detective Sergeants, Morgan Meredith and Emma Donaldson - the powers that be intent on keeping the investigation low key and out of the spotlight of the media. The two Sergeants back Kate up to the nth degree, even when it is clear that they have some concerns over how the case is progressing. They are all determined and focused and I feel like we have much more to come from all of them over the course of the series so I'm intrigued to see where the author takes us.
The pacing in the book is just right, the narrative moving back and forth between the current investigation and the inciting incident which led to Kate's sick leave. The past is slowly revealed, as are the dark motives of the present. The author keeps the killer well and truly hidden until the end, the reveal coming as both a surprise and, with the benefit of hindsight, completely fitting. There is an underlying tension throughout that peaks and troughs as the story dictates, the edginess and threat building at just the right moment, and the author uses that slow build to good effect, contrasting the patience of the killer with the urgency of the investigation.
As you can probably deduce from the title, this is a tale of vengeance, but the biggest surprise is revealed about two thirds of the way through the book giving readers a promise of what is yet to come, not just for this story, but for the series as a whole. With a myriad of suspects, but no. clear motives, the book kept me hooked and I am looking forward to the follow up this summer.
I would like to begin by saying that I grew up in Cornwall and having moved away, I pine for the real Cornish Pasties that are found at any good bakery in the county however, now when the craving strikes, I am often left with no choice but to pick up a Ginsters from my local supermarket. It’s no comparison to the real thing but it’ll do and sometimes (and please don’t tell my Cornish compadres!) it actually hits the spot. This is the best analogy I can use for the books by this author - not the greatest but easily devoured ! I have read all the books in both the Natalie Ward and Robyn Carter series and have to say that of the two, I prefer the Robyn Carter set. I was looking forward to reading the first book in a new series but was left rather disappointed. Whilst the main crime in the book is enough to hold your interest the ridiculous “twist” that’s revealed 3/4 of the way through the book was utterly predictable from Chapter 1. So much so that I presumed that the twist was going to be that he was still alive. Found that this considerably brought down the entire story and annoyed me so much that I couldn’t warm to Kate at all. Real shame as the premise of the main crime that she was solving was good albeit predictable too and I guessed the perpetrator and motive long before it was revealed although that doesn’t necessarily diminish the joy of the read as much as incessant “flashbacks “ and conversations with Chris - so dull, frustrating (because you’d have to be daft not to know from the outset that he’s died) and grating. It’s like the author doesn’t have much regard for her readers intelligence. Some of the writing is a little clunky too and the constant beating us around the head with how Kate is the only one who is capable of solving this crime (the perpetrator at one point muses to herself that Kate has a sixth sense for murderers and is on to her but she had only just moved to the area and met her!) is a frustrating trope overused by crime writers.
D.I. Kate Young has just returned to work after the trauma of an incident where several members of the public were gunned down. Despite being on quite strong medication and suffering from PTSD her bosses,somewhat unbelievably, have summoned her back to work on a murder case,and the more that's revealed about that case the more unbelievable it gets.
The book is quite entertaining but there were too many coincidences and I didn't really go for the backstory .There is quite a neat twist and something that had me fearing one of my pet hates turned out to be something else entirely.
An Eye For An Eye left me in 2 minds really,it was quite an easy read and while I didn't consider it a few hours of my life wasted I won't be buying the next in the series. If you're a fan of gritty,realistic police dramas you won't enjoy this. If you're prepared to suspend belief ,don't mind a touch of explicit gore thrown in and don't expect too much it's a harmless way to kill a few hours........but Katerina Diamond does this kind of thing so much better.
Some ppl seem to like it but I just can't with this.