Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Cut for a Cut - by Carol Wyer

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Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

damppebbles Blog Tour Review

“A Cut for a Cut” was an all immersing read from start to finish - a serial rapist and murderer on the hunt, with his first love always on his mind. 

DI Kate Young and the team are alerted to the new case while Kate was supposed to be enjoying a few days off to reconnect with her sister and mourn the loss of her husband from book one. But, as the saying goes, there's no rest for the wicked. 

The storyline moves along at a steady pace, progressing increasingly with each chapter. While mostly told from Kate’s point of view - regarding the serial case, her private inquiries into her husband's death, her superior’s dirty dealings, and her conversations with said late husband - Wyer also provides readers with intermittent pieces of the killer’s narrative, a style that I tend to find particularly compelling. 

Kate's character progression is also worth mentioning. While, yes, she continues to converse with her dead husband, she appears to be notably more aware of this fact. She knows these conversations are happening inside her head, manifestations of her memories and familiarity with his mannerisms - yet it brings her comfort. She misses him; can she honestly be faulted for wanting to keep him ‘alive’ in some fashion? 

Wyer’s police procedurals are consistently penned with such finesse that it's not always the who but also the how and the why that is equally enthralling. I guessed a few twists early on, but I don't feel it detracted from the overall storyline. The final 10% made all the difference as it anxiously sets readers up for book three.

I would recommend this to all crime thriller fans, whether you are a long-time Carol Wyer fan or reading this author's work for the first time. I do suggest reading book one first, mainly for the running corruption theme.

A very special thank you to Carol Wyer, the publishers at Thomas & Mercer / Amazon Publishing UK, and NetGalley for this riveting advanced copy of "A Cut for a Cut"! I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title.

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Title:
A Cut for a Cut
Author: Carol Wyer
US Publication Day: June 21, 2021
Pages: 365

Book Blurb:
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?

About the Author, Carol Wyer:

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Winner of The People's Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is a best-selling 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 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed, and to date, her novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech, and Polish.

Next year sees the arrival of the much anticipated DI Kate Young series, with AN EYE FOR AN EYE out in February 2021.

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!

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