ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
Here is the start of another very engaging series by author Carol Wyer. One thing that I love straight away about this author’s books, is that they take place around where I live. It makes it all so much more visual.
DI Kate Young has had it rough when you meet her and is on leave after being involved in a traumatic event where a lot of people lost their lives. It has left her with PTSD and flashbacks that interfere with her everyday life, but a vicious murder has taken place and her boss needs her back on the job.
It is clear, whatever is going on, is very personal between the murderer and the victim. The planning is detailed and the staging unique and baffling. Then a second victim is found. The men had been murdered in the same manner. Both respected within their circles of friends and colleagues. The pressure is on Kate as she struggles with what is real, and what is in her mind.
Kate’s husband, a dedicated reporter that seeks the truth as much as her, is never far from her thoughts. The closeness and dedication of the pair without question. Kate realises that she must clear her mind if she is to solve the murders. Then what a story unfolds. I was speechless and numb as this jigsaw that didn’t have all the pieces, begins to form another picture that makes sense.
It is a first-class read that had me fascinated by its historical side of the investigation, the why? The who? and the what is still to come, because the fat lady has still to sing an encore and it will be one hell of a performance when she does! I am looking forward to the second book in this series.
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.