A Life for A Life by Carol Wyer

4 Stars from me

DI Kate Young does worry me! She hovers constantly on the edge of her sanity although in A Life for A Life she seems to be veering back towards the more stable side of the path.

Here she is faced with an apparently random series of crimes – albeit all sharing the same MO – yet with no other obvious connections.

I loved the addition of fruity mcfruitloop the profiler! He was a brilliantly unsettling character to drop into the mix.

I also enjoyed hearing the killer’s voice throughout and witnessing first hand what was going on with them and how/why they were choosing their victims.

DI Kate Young, although tenacious and determined to catch the killer – and quickly before the Superintendent (who she suspects had a hand in her husband’s death) takes great delight in passing the case over to a bigger team – is dangerously focused on revenge for her husband’s death. Will this be her downfall?

Battling a variety of demons, including the slurs against her father’s good name, Kate fights to keep hold of her mind and her focus to catch the killer before it is too late. But has just jeopardised the safety of the team in the process?

Blurb: 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?


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