I would like to thank Emma of #damppebblesblogtours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, also thanks to @carolwyer for an ARC of the book for me to take part in the tour, all opinions are my own and in my own words.
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?
There’s always one good thing when you find a writer you like it’s very rare they let you down. Carol Wyer has certainly lived up to her previous record of writing good books. This is the start of a new series which is always exciting, I love getting to know characters do you? Or do characters not matter to you? I have found over the last 18 months of blogging that for me I have to be rooting for at least one character, hopefully in some cases more. If I don’t like any of the characters it just puts me off the book completely and I find myself picking up the phone checking Twitter etc.
However this was not the case with DI Kate Young, as we are introduced to her we know that things aren’t great in her life, gradually learning she is suffering from PTSD brought on from a previous case she had worked on, where people had been shot on a train. Snippets of what happened are interspersed within the story. She is taking pills to help her deal with it, but when she has flashbacks it’s tough going for her. Unfortunately she had a attack in front of her superior Superintendent John Dickson, who had managed to pull her to one side and snap her out of it, two months had passed since the traumatic incident had happened and Kate hadn’t wanted to take time off, but Dickson ordered her to take time off. She was having counselling and trying to recover from the trauma. But was relying on the pills too much. Then out of the blue a couple of months later she has a visit from DCI William Chase, telling her the Superintendent Dickson wants her back now, on a new case. To head a small team, just her and two other officers, Kate is wary, she knows she’s not really ready to return, but DCI Chase is convincing. So ready or not she agrees to return to work on a sensitive case.
The case turns out to be pretty gruesome, the murder of a wealthy businessman Alex Corby . What Kate doesn’t understand is why Dickson wants her back on this case, she feels there is something not quite right here. She has two colleagues working with her DS Morgan Meredith and DS Emma Donaldson. But is Kate ready for this type of pressure? All eyes are on her watching to see if she can hold it together, is she able to do the job? It’s up to Kate to prove whether she can or not.
As the investigation begins, things get tougher when a second body turns up with the same MO who is killing these people? And why? Can the team figure things out before more people die?
I like Kate yes she is flawed, she is struggling, addicted to the pills popping them like they are smarties in order to cope. But she tries to focus on the job and doing everything by the book with the help of her journalist husband Chris. But several things start to bother Kate as the case develops, there are people she doesn’t know if she can trust, is the killer closer to home than she originally believed. Kate needs her wits about her to solve this one.
Ms Wyer handles the PTSD in a sensitive well balanced delicate way, Kate is strong willed, feisty and determined to show the bosses she is capable of doing her job. There are some gruesome murders, the plot has a number of twists in it, one I did think I had picked up early on in the book but that didn’t detract from the rest of the story as I wasn’t sure if I was correct or not. Some great characters, I can’t wait to see how this team will grow.
An absolutely gripping start to a new police procedural series, if that’s what you are looking for then I very highly recommend this. A definite 5⭐️ read for me. with a gripping plot, and characters that will grow on you.
I would like to thank #CarolWyer for an ARC of this book for me to read to do the blogtour and thank you to Emma of #Damppebblesblogtours for my spot. All opinions and words are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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