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I strongly believe nobody could do police procedural as author Carol Wyer. Before starting the book, I had a wish that some writer in this genre would use the thought I had for the killer. And Carol did it!! It was my dream come true. And yes, some days I have evil ones too.
This book had many things going for it, a strong yet slightly broken protagonist, Kate Young, intriguing yet gruesome murders, and a killer who was intelligent and stayed one step ahead. That got my interest peaking.
The team assisting Kate was small yet determined, and I loved how forensics played a good part in the story. Swiftly paced, the prose had the investigation of the present and the history of Kate’s past intertwined. This worked as a teaser for my mind to wonder where the author would go. They were well linked.
Kate’s PTSD was sensitively shown. I too was scared if the visions would affect her investigation. Sheer determination was the vibe I was left with.
Slightly longer than my usual books, at 422 pages, I was eager to get to the end and was delighted to see the twists. There were three major ones which brought a gasp. Oh my. Wicked author.
Many suspects, a daring plotline which flowed seamlessly, an atmosphere of race against time slowly gaining its pitch, the book was a complete showcase of the author’s prowess. She is rightfully the queen of this genre.
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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?
Publication Date: February 2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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