Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Cut For A Cut by Carol Wyer, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all. It is also the books publication day!
DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.
In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.
DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?
When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?
I read An Eye For An Eye (book 1 of the Detective Kate Young series) by Carol Wyer at the beginning of the year, and loved it (review here). So when Emma @ damppebbles sent out the email that she would be hosting a blog tour for A Cut For A Cut (the next book in the series), I jumped at the chance to be a part of it, and I can honestly say that it lived up to all of my expectations.
Things pick up right from where they left off in An Eye For An Eye, and you dive straight back in to the world of Detective Kate Young. The story starts with a follow on from the events in the previous book, and a reminder of the difficulties Kate is still having to deal with. Alongside the continuation of the story, we also get a brand new case, which is the main story of A Cut For A Cut. Women are being brutally raped, murdered, and branded, and Kate needs to find out who is behind these horrific attacks.
One of the things I most enjoy about Carol Wyer’s writing, is that she doesn’t shy away from the brutal details. She really paints a picture with her words, and it truly draws you in to her stories. The story is told from multiple POV, including the victims, the killer, and of course Kate and her team. The killer’s chapters are at times a little difficult to read, but they certainly pack a punch, and bring a whole other feel to the story.
I love Kate and her team, they’re all such fantastic characters. I see a lot of myself in Emma in particular, because she’s emotional, and she’s not afraid to show it, but she can also take care of herself (we’re both trained in martial arts). Kate’s mental struggle with the grief of losing her husband is so raw, and realistic, and has been written extremely well. You’re constantly routing for her, desperately wanting her to find some closure, and some happiness.
I really enjoyed watching this story unfold, and the investigation side of it was so interesting. I always love piecing together the pieces of an investigation while reading, and this one was particularly enjoyable because there were so many aspects to it. Everything came together in an explosive climax that has you totally hooked. There were a few parts and questions that still require answers, but it sets you up perfectly for a 3rd book in the series.
A Cut For A Cut is as fantastic as I had hoped it would be. It is exciting, gripping, at times completely heart-wrenching, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. I can not wait for the next book in the series, and for Kate and her team to continue their story.
I give A Cut For A Cut a 5 star rating!
About The Author:
USA 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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