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A Life for a Life (Detective Kate Young Book 3) Kindle Edition
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?
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USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages. A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, with the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost, 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 and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.
Carol 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’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.
To learn more, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on Twitter: @carolewyer.
- ASIN : B09BCPR894
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (15 March 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2980 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542021073
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,164 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This third book continues to pack a punch in conjunction with the first two as it opens with a devastating prologue with only one possible outcome. The result is crime that falls on DI Kate Young's patch as she juggles her personal and professional investigations. This time, to the reader, the crime is not really a whodunnit as it is pretty obvious from early on who is behind the random attacks. The question is WHY? I mean really WHY?!
Kate is heading the investigation into what appears to be random attacks on random people at random places, killing them with a captive bolt gun (the kind of stun gun that is often used in abattoirs). The deaths have nothing in common, the victims have nothing in common leaving Kate and her team stumped. The only commonality is that the killer strikes in the early evening during the same window of time in public places that are winding down for the day, leaving them virtually empty and ripe for the picking.
Then a witness comes forward from the site of the third murder, little realising how narrowly she herself escaped the attentions of the killer, with her observations of someone she thought was the victim. Kate's antennae went up. Could this be their killer? Or could it be another witness? Either way, the team needed to track them down...and fast, before anymore innocent people died. But when a profiler is called in sharing his thoughts on the perpetrator, Kate starts to realise that she might have something in common with this killer, uniting them grief.
It's been over a year since Kate's husband Chris was killed and ever since she has been determined to seek justice for him and the many others who have died as a result of this domino effect. Her determination to unmask those behind the underage sex ring, and the deaths that followed, lead her to a corruption that extended high into a senior officer under whom she works - Superintendent John Dickson, who she believes was behind the death of her husband as well as many others. But if the corruption has gone that high, who knows how much higher is has reached...and will Kate be safe to go after those responsible? She must tread carefully and proceed with the utmost caution if she is to come out of this unscathed.
Parallel to her day job at hand, Kate has also been stealthily collating information to unmask Dickson and the corruption that has followed him. Her secret investigations have alienated her from everyone as she is unable to know who she trust. To date, her only ally upon whom she relies for the covert operation is a former SAS officer who has his own axe to grind in seeking justice for his friend who was murdered upon orders from Dickson. But is this a step too far for Kate? Has she crossed a line in taking the law into her own hands to garner information and find the witnesses she needs before it's too late? Is this why she no longer hears Chris' soothing voice? For so long he has been her voice of reason, her conscience, but for months now he has grown silent and Kate yearns to hear his voice once again.
Kate's behaviour has not gone unnoticed by her team. DS Emma Donaldson, who has her own demons to battle, watches her and understands her grief but is concerned she may be in over her head. DS Morgan Meredith follows her lead but is quietly observant. Young DC Jamie Webster, the newest member of her small team, sees and hears all and Kate suspects that he is a mole planted by Dickson and reporting back to her senior officer, therefore she watches everything she says and does around him ensuring nothing untoward could be communicated in any event. But is it enough? Dickson has eyes and ears everywhere...therefore, Kate can trust no one.
The case at hand challenges the team as they try to figure out who is killing innocent people and why. It is clear to the reader his identity but is there something else we're missing? This riveting installment delivers plenty of shocks and a few twists along the way filled with just the right amount of tension. But it's the ending that delivers the final shock...which I certainly did not see coming! And I eagerly await the fourth book to see what happens next.
While I had barely begun the Robyn Carter series and grew to enjoy Natalie Ward, Kate Young is a different kettle of fish altogether and the issues she finds herself up against are a whole other ball game. I can't compare this book to the previous two as they each offer something different to the story and give us yet another piece of the puzzle that Kate has worked hard to piece together. I barely have the words to express the flood of emotions I feel when reading Kate's journey. But I do know each story, as well as A LIFE FOR A LIFE, is addictive reading from beginning to end.
Carol Wyer's expert writing and skillful storytelling weaves together a tale that draws us in from the beginning and leaves us wanting more by the end. It's engaging, enthralling and completely absorbing. Bring on book 4!
Unfortunately this is not a whodunit or even a whydunit as it is pretty obvious from very early in the book. Of course the police, specifically DI Kate Young’s small team, don’t know these things so you have to watch them flounder around trying to find a link between the victims when there really isn’t one!
A random series of people are being killed by a captive bolt stun gun like the ones often used in abattoirs. The deaths seem to have nothing in common except that they all occur in the early evening in kind of public places (but at this time these places are not very crowded). Soon a profiler is called in and eventually Kate starts to realise that maybe the killer is feeling a similar grief to her own.
Luckily this story had another plot line. Since Kate’s husband, Chris, died around a year ago she has been determined to seek justice for him and unmask the people behind a sex trafficking ring. Unfortunately she suspects that a senior officer, Superintendent John Dickson, is behind Chris’s death and a number of others. She suspects Dickson of being very corrupt and of killing anyone who gets close to exposing him. So of course she must proceed with the utmost caution. By now she is pretty strung out - trying to do her day job while secretly collecting information to unmask Dickson and his cronies. She doesn’t know who she can trust.
She has also been relying on Chris’s ‘voice’ to guide her actions but he has been silent of late. Is this because she is close to crossing a line she may not be able to uncross? Even though Kate is becoming slightly unhinged, the members of her small team are just delightful characters and try to look out for her. DS Morgan Meredith is a gentle giant and DS Emma Donaldson has her own demons so she understands grief. But it is young DC Jamie Webster that Kate suspects is reporting to Dickson so she must be careful around him.
Kate’s constant imploring Chris to ‘speak’ to her got a bit tiring. What saved the book for me was Wyer’s excellent writing, the cohesiveness of the plot and the excellent pacing. The characters also behaved logically and there were none of the silly heroics we see in some crime thrillers. It will be interesting to see where the author takes DI Young from here - if, indeed, the series is continued. Many thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
Duel cases make up the story in this instalment. One professional when a spate of murders occur where the team remain unaware as to the why and how these murders are connected and one personal for our lead in her own investigation into the murder of her husband and a corrupt police force. Gripping from start to finish and highly addictive, I couldn’t tear myself away and this was a one sitting read for me.
As is always the case with Wyer’s books, A Life for a Life has been masterfully plotted and executed. I really love Kate’s character more and more with each book and she has become one of my all time favourite DI’s. Wyer always does a fantastic job with her characters, good and bad, and really brings them all to life.
I love to ask authors if they could be the author of any books what would they be. For me if I was an author, this series (and her others) are mine. Wyer is a fantastic storyteller, these books tick all the boxes I look for in a crime thriller and each instalment just keeps getting better and better. A brilliant series, I look forward to hopefully many more books to come.
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A new investigation begins when a young man is found dead on a small deserted railway station unfortunately with no witnesses or apparent reason for his demise. Someone must know something though, right? A second killing happens far too quickly for anyone's liking doubling the team's problems and Kate juggles the current workload alongside her obsessive determination to find proof of corruption at the heart of her own police department.
With her mental health issues becoming more apparent once more Kate knows time is running out on all fronts. Does she have any chance of catching a seemingly random killer or will they and those defending the indefensible finally beat her down?
This is the third book in the series and once again Carol Wyer puts her main protagonist through the wringer! The murder investigation is Columbo-esque with the perpetrator and their reasons for killing clear to the reader from the start. The clues to understanding for the team are complex but expertly revealed and keep the pages turning long into night.
Kate and her team work. They are strong together as well as apart and I enjoyed seeing things from their pov alongside Kate's. Her sister is also here once again and showing a different side to Kate which I found lessened the tension for a short whenever she appeared. I hope there will be more from Kate and her team in the not too distant future, especially as once again the author left the reader with a cliffhanger to ponder in the meantime!
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is an excellent addition to a very good series but the previous two books do need to be read first.
Won't bother explaining about what the book ia about because you can read this yourself buy what i will say is this book will have you totally gripped from the first page to the last.
It had my head spinning with the case Kate is working on and there is also something massive that she is desperately working on.
Having just lost her Husband not long ago will Kate be up to finding the killer before there is any more murders and will she be able to see through to the end of what she's desperate to find out
WHO MURDERED HER HUSBAND!!
You need to read it to find out.
A big fat 5 stars 🌟 Carol Wyer you've done it again.
The ending was brilliant. It’s a series, each book runs on from the next, not sure why some of the reviewers expect an ending/ everything answered half way through a series.
The ending finished the story of this book perfectly and left the wonderfully detailed, complex characters stories waiting to be continued. PERFECT.
Very much looking forward to book 4 and tbh I usually get fed up of series before I get to the end.
The cliff hanger endings make me desperate for the next one.
Really engrossing read.
I think Kate trying to bring the Superintendent down felt a bit repetitive and seemed she wasn't getting anywhere; then all of a sudden its all over.
The ending of this book is now going down the Line Of Duty route. I would still recommend this book and series.
Sadly I did not like the voice of the narrator for this audiobook. Sorry it almost stopped me listening. Great story and full of suspense, I loved loved it.