A CUT FOR A CUT (Detective Kate Young #2) by Carol WyerACutForACut #DetectiveKateYoung @carolewyer @AmazonPub @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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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?


Carol Wyer has become one of those writers that you know whatever she writes it is going to be good. So no pressure for the second book in this series. I had thoroughly enjoyed reading book one where readers were introduced to DI Kate Young. Kate is still trying to solve the murder of her husband Chris, who as a journalist had been secretly investigating a conspiracy, involving a number of police officials and a sex trafficking ring, who are also responsible for the deaths and disappearances of other people who were getting too close to the truth. Kate’s superior is one of those officials Chris was investigating.

A predator is stalking, attacking and raping women, whispering in their ears “you are mine” before leaving. That is if they survive the attack. The first woman, Laura, had been found dead her body dumped in an industrial bin, branded on her right shoulder the word MINE, the next woman’s body attacked is an officer, making it personal for the team. Is there more to come? The team must act quick to try and find and stop this man. The only problem is there is very little to go on, no CCTV footage, or witnesses. So it’s back to basic policing.

This is a tense, suspenseful, gritty, well paced thriller read, the subject matter is dark but very well handled, the emotional reaction to rape is dealt with sensitively, different reactions shown from different characters. I felt compelled to keep reading, as Kate was trying to investigate not just the rape’s but also still trying to keep her eye on the people she believes responsible for her husbands death. She is totally invested in both.

Kate’s sister Tilly is over from Australia visiting with her young son, her marriage has been on the rocks and she is considering moving back to the UK. But Tilly has a secret that she has kept buried which may help Kate to solve the case she is working on.

The story is told mostly through Kate’s viewpoint, but then also some chapters from the viewpoint of the killer. Kate’s mental health is well done, as she is still struggling to deal with her husbands death, but as the time goes on he is gradually fading, which bothers Kate, she feels comfort talking to him, but is she gradually dealing with his death? Will he eventually not be sitting next to her? As time moves on.

The characters are all well written, you are kept guessing as to who the Perpetrator is, it could be any of the male characters introduced into the story, I was trying to guess which one it was going to be, eventually I had an idea which way it was going to go. Kate and her team are all believable and three dimensional, they work well together despite them not all getting on, it being a relatively small team. Another great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read from Carol Wyer. Thank you for my ARC of this book. All views and opinions are my own and in no way influenced.

I look forward to the next book in this series to see where the team goes next


Carol Wyer: 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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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3pCnXyX

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2TXmOGn

Publishing Information:

Published by Thomas & Mercer in paperback, audio and digital formats on 29th June 2021

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