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An Eye For An Eye By Carol Wyer – Book Review

If you are a crime fiction buff, nothing quite beats coming across a new crime author and a new series that can take you back into the drama and adventure.

However, not every crime author is for everyone, and not every crime novel will tickle every crime friction buff’s fancy. 

So, how can you know that a book like ‘An Eye For An Eye’ is the kind of book for you? Well, that is why we are here. We are here to introduce you to Carol Wyer and her novel ‘An Eye For An Eye’. 

Today, we will introduce you to Carol Wyer, the story, her characters, and what we and other reader’s make of this awesome crime fiction novel.

We will look at reviews and provide you with a synopsis of the book, so you do not need to go looking anywhere other than here! 

An Eye For An Eye' By Carol Wyer - Book Review

Overview

‘An Eye For An Eye’ is the first book in Carol Wyer’s series ‘Detective Kate Young’. It is a fairly hefty 428 pages, which is a decent size for a book, but still not too long. 

It is also a new release, with it only being released on February 1st in 2021, and with the series continuing, if you get hooked, you will likely need to wait for a release of one of the sequels.

This book is available as an ebook, audio book, and in paperback form. We have heard plenty of good things about the audiobook version as well.

Synopsis (The Blurb)

Usually, before you pick up and read a book, you take a look at the blurb on the back cover of the book. However, you are here, and to save you the trouble of having to look elsewhere. Find the synopsis of ‘An Eye For An Eye’ right here: 

“A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiraling out of control”. 

“DI Kate Young is on leave. Yet, she is the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she is under a lot of pressure, being on medication and overcoming trauma. After a bad judgment call leads to a very narrowly averted public disaster, all she needs is a rest. 

However, when Staffordshire police summon her back to work on a murder, a much harder more suspicious Kate Young returns.

Newly ruthless, she tracks down a clinical and calculating serial killer who is torturing their victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. She is spurred on by her husband, but she starts suspecting the killer is closer than she thought. 

As she works to find the truth, she unravels a complex network of lies and secrets, with even the people closest to her hiding something.

With her competence and a hard grip on reality, both called into question, will she be able to unmask the murderer, before they kill again?”

What Do We Think?

‘An Eye For An Eye’ is the first book in Carol Wyer’s new Detective Kate Young series. If you have never read anything by Carol Wyer before, she has some excellent detective series including both: 

  • The Di Robyn Carter series.
  • The Detective Natalie Ward series. 

This new series is something quite exciting for her fans as it brings new promise of a new literary addiction. 

This book proves to be a great start to a new series by the author. It is headed by a dynamic protagonist, who has plenty of flaws in her personal life that most people can relate to on one level or another. 

Currently, on leave as the result of trauma, the book eventually clues us in on what happened. The book wants you to figure out what happened for yourself.

Most readers seem to enjoy that as a reader you are not outright told what happens, but instead you are fed clues, forced to figure it out yourself, until at the end you find out. 

In a sense it puts you in the shoes of the detective, making you feel like Young herself. 

While the book is filled with some gruesome stuff in the awful and grotesque murders, they do not actually take place in ink and paper, instead there is more of a focus on what happens after, and Young trying to figure out why this is happening. 

Kate Young assembles her own team of very interesting characters, of whom we are certain will follow her into the rest of the series, allowing the readers to get to know them even better. 

The book itself actually moves quite quickly, progressing you forwards continuously. It is continuous, but also paired with traumatic flashbacks suffered by our protagonist that really lump you into her shoes, feeling the experience. 

It is a pretty hard book to put down. You may guess some of the endings, perhaps putting together the pieces of what happened, but Carole Wyer’s writing is genius, and you will surely be shocked by some of the developments that end up being revealed.

An Eye For An Eye' By Carol Wyer - Book Review

We love writing. It balances out perfectly with a healthy rise and fall in excitement, that then peaks and stays peaked as you reach the halfway marker in the book. The protagonist is far from perfect, without a level-head at all times, making her feel really human. 

It has an excellent ending which leads you off into the second book, with no need for a tedious cliff-hanger, but more of a waiting revelation. 

It is brilliant for fans of her work, old and new, for this to be a series, and this book provides it with an excellent start that sucks the reader in from the get-go. 

If you love crime drama, and a good detective story, we are sure you will love this as much as we did!  

About Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer is hardly an unknown or new author, she is the USA Today bestselling author and has won the ‘People’s Book Prize Award’. Her crime novels have managed to sell an overwhelming 800,000 copies in 9 languages. 

She moved from comedy to the darker side of things in 2017, and it was then we saw the popular Di Robyn Carter series head her career, and show us she had found her niche in writing. 

She has had articles published in magazines such as ‘Take A Break’, ‘Yours’, ‘Woman’s Weekly’ and so on. She has also been interviewed on many radio shows in the UK as well. 

She does still touch on her humor though, as when she is not writing devious plots she performs her comedy routine “Smile While You Still Have Teeth”. 

What Are Reader’s Saying?

Want to know what other reader’s think of ‘An Eye For An Eye’, before you buy? Good idea! But remember, we all enjoy different things, so do not take too much stock into it, and make your own decision! 

Amazon.com Review

“A new author and series for me. Great start with a gruesome murder. Then it got a bit strange with flashbacks to a traumatic event. I was disappointed with the absence of humor, considering the writer’s background.

I was beginning to find the investigation a bit tedious. However, the climate of the book almost made up for the dull middle section.” – M. Harris, 3 out of 5 Stars.

“This was my first book by this author, and I look forward to reading more. There was plenty going on this one, and a few things do not become obvious immediately.

The main crime was intriguing, and I found myself wanting to see what would happen. I look forward to reading more crime mysteries from this world” – Megan Chambers, 4 out of 5 Stars.

Goodreads.com Reviews

“An absolutely stellar book!” – Robin Loves Reading, 5 out of 5 Stars.

Another brilliant offering and first book in a new series from Carol Wyer” – Michelle, 5 out of 5 Stars. 

“I was hooked by this book, even though the protagonist’s marriage was not all it seemed, the crimes were overly complicated and there was an uncomfortable old gay stereotype.

I was disappointed to find that vital information was under the DI’s nose the whole time, but was prepared to overlook this. I can’t overlook the overused plot of leaving a novel unresolved to get us to buy the next in the series” – Marina, 3 out of 5 Stars.

Overview

‘An Eye For An Eye’ is a great book with an interesting concept, and one that can hit close to home for some. The protagonist feels more real, but there are plenty of clichés in there that keep us feeling familiar. 

It is not a book for everyone, but do not get bogged down in the author’s background, do not expect humor from this new series. Enjoy this gripping thriller (If you like Thriller Books, check out the works of Jack Carr and how to read them) for what it is, intense, wild, and jaw-dropping!

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