Friday, March 4, 2022

Life for a Life

Life for a Life by Carol Wyer
3/15/22; 364 pages
Thomas & Mercer
Kate Young Series #3

A Life for a Life by Carol Wyer is a highly recommended procedural/crime thriller.

The novel opens with a family group heading to the airport when a horrible accident occurs, which will immediately capture your attention. Then we switch to DI Kate Young who is in the midst of an investigation into the death of Tobias Abrahams who was shot in the head at the train station. While she and her team are investigating this murder and other connected murders, she is also trying to bring  a case against corrupt superintendent John Dickson for the death of her husband Chris, who was working a case against Dickson. As the murders increase, the pressure is on the team to solve the murders.

This is book three in the Kate Young series and it is set in the Stoke-on Trent area and also on Blithfield reservoir. It is an exciting thriller and an engaging investigation as the tension rises as does the concern and dread, however, you need to know that there is a rather slow start before things really take off.  Although it works as a stand alone, I feel like it might have been best if I read the first two books before book three. I felt like I had been left out of receiving some important information that I needed to know to fully appreciate the novel. Nevertheless, it is a page turner with excellent writing that will hold your attention throughout. The ending is a cliff hanger which will have you waiting for the next installment.
Kate is a flawed character which makes her very relatable and sympathetic, but she is also an intelligent, determined, and astute woman. You know she is dedicated to her job in spite of her obsessions and mourning the death of her husband but to counter that she is also smart and clever. Emma and Morgan add to the story. They work well together and are loyal to Kate.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Thomas & Mercer via NetGalley.

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