• Title: An Eye For An Eye
  • Author: Carol Wyer
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer on February 1, 2021
  • Genre: Crime Procedural
  • Pages: 426
  • Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook, & Digital
  • Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Graphic Violence, Pedophilia, S&M, Torture

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An Eye For An Eye Blurb

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

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My Review

Carol Wyer’s An Eye For An Eye is a gritty, psychological thrill. This read had me captivated. Kate Young is my new hero. She is strong. She overcomes the horrors that have befallen her despite forces working against her. I can’t wait to follow Kate further in the next installment.

I am angry on Kate’s behalf. Superiors who know how emotionally fragile she is. Then force her into something she isn’t ready to face. Yet, she performs with flying colors. And comes out with another mystery that will be great fodder for the next book. I hope that Kate has a long and full life with many sequels to follow.

Though, this novel is spectacular. The energy is great, and the action is quite well-done. I felt as though I were on a 10-hour roller coaster ride. The emotional ties are there, making you root for Kate against all odds. Wyer’s way of writing even has you feeling a bit sorry for the bad guys…just a bit. The mystery drags a tiny bit at first, but when it gets going, you are in for a heckuva ride!

There is one thing that I don’t understand and is the only reason I am marking off a star. The book starts in June 2021 and is present-day in the book. This detail offers nothing to the plot. I thought it was a mistake, so I watched for dates all through the novel. It seems to be intentional, though I have no idea why. Unfortunately, this one thing kept my head from being completely in the story.

I am happy to award An Eye For An Eye 4 out of 5 stars. This novel is one of the best crime procedurals that I have read. Carol Wyer has a gift, and I can’t wait to look into her other crime novels. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good detective story with lots of thrills and pills.

About the Author – Carol Wyer

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.

Author’s Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | LinkedIn | Goodreads | YouTube

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  1. Kimberley, a huge and very sincere thank you for this fantastic (and erudite) review for An Eye For An Eye. I am thrilled to pieces that you enjoyed it so much and rooted for Kate. She’s definitely one of my favourite characters to work with.
    Ah, the date. It was a real problem as the book was written in 2019 and originally set in 2020 with the full dates at the top of each chapter… then Covid happened and we were already at the copyedit stage and knew we couldn’t set it in 2020 not given lockdown and all the things that were happening so we so we moved the story to 2021 (when the book was due for release to keep it current) in the hope Covid would be over! By proof edit time, one of the editors decided it would be wise to give the book some context and set the first chapter in 2021 so readers wouldn’t wonder when the action took place, but remove all other references. I can assure you we don’t have an issue in the following books as I’ve removed all references to dates and years and kept chapter heading to Day One etc. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, for putting a wide smile on my face with your kind praise and for taking part in the book tour. I hope you’ll join Kate and me again in June when we return with A Cut For A Cut.

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