Carol Wyer: A Life For A Life

Today I am delighted to be wishing Carol Wyer a happy publication day by joining the blog tour for A Life For A Life. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer—except an unpredictable detective.

When a young man is found lying on a station platform with a hole in his head, DI Kate Young is called in to investigate the grisly murder. But the killing is no one-off. As bodies start to pile up, she is faced with what might be an impossible task—to hunt down a ruthless killer on a seemingly random rampage.

Meanwhile, Kate has her own demons to battle as she struggles to come to terms with her husband’s death. And she is hell-bent on exposing corruption within the force and bringing Superintendent John Dickson to justice. But with the trail of deception running deeper—and closer to home—than she could ever have imagined, she no longer knows who she can trust.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?


If you’ve read my reviews before, you will know that I am a huge fan of Carol Wyer and her writing just gets better with every book. In the Kate Young series especially, there are multiple plots which are often overlapping and complex as well as some wonderful symbolism. I am a sucker for stories like this and I was pulled into the action immediately, not wanting to let go. 

I love Wyer’s characterisation and Kate’s back story highlights her humanity and makes me root for her the whole way through, whatever she is doing. There is an arc that has run through the whole series (which I won’t describe in case there are people who are yet to read the preceding books) which adds an interesting dimension to her character and gets more and more exciting as the series progresses. I also enjoyed delving deeper into the lives of her team, especially Emma and Jamie, and I love seeing them all work together so closely. 

The investigation that forms the main plot of A Life For A Life is absolutely fascinating and it has everything I would ask for in a novel in this genre. It is less about who did it than why they did it and if/how Kate and her team are able to catch them and the chase gives us a particularly thrilling ride. The novel is full of intrigue and tension that kept me hooked until the end. 

The last few chapters of A Life For A Life are absolutely breathtaking and I cannot wait for Kate’s journey to continue. 

A Life For A Life is available from Amazon.

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2 thoughts on “Carol Wyer: A Life For A Life

  1. Ah, Kate, *sighs in delight*
    A very genuine thank you for this amazing review. I am almost hugging myself in glee! Thank you too for taking part in the tour and for shouting out about the book. I am thrilled to bits that you enjoyed it and hope you will join Kate Young again in A Truth for a Truth after that cliffhanger of an ending! XOXO


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