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An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young Book 1)



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Editorial Reviews


“This was one thrilling ride full of tension and twists.” —Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series

“A grisly killer, a ticking clock, and an investigator whose career is on the line: An Eye for an Eye kept me hooked and wanting more.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series

“WOW! Gritty and tense. DI Kate Young is an exciting new lead character I can’t wait to see more of in this compelling series.” —K. L. Slater, bestselling author of Little Whispers and The Apartment

An Eye for an Eye is a fascinating whodunit loaded with secrets and suspense and guided by a lead detective who refuses to be pushed around.” —T.R. Ragan, New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sawyer Brooks series

An Eye for an Eye is a refreshing, gripping read that will keep you guessing until its shattering conclusion.” —Lisa Regan, bestselling author of the Josie Quinn series

An Eye for an Eye is a taut and emotional thriller that delivers on the promises set in the first, gripping scene.” —Danielle Girard, USA Today bestselling author

“A compelling story—emotive, addictive, and harrowing at times. Watch out for this one!” —Noelle Holten, author of the DC Maggie Jamieson series

“A riveting mystery with an unforgettable protagonist, An Eye for an Eye reads as if Broadchurch was written by Ian Rankin.” —Jason Pinter, bestselling author of A Stranger at the Door

“A turbo-charged page-turner with a ton of emotion, An Eye for an Eye will have you trusting no-one, suspecting everyone, and guessing right up until the final twist. Brilliant.” —Chris Merritt, author of the Lockhart & Green series

About the Author

Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is a bestselling author and stand-up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction. A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost, the #2 bestselling book on Amazon, #9 bestselling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today bestseller. A second series, featuring DI Natalie Ward, quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish. Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’, and on BBC Breakfast television. She has written for Woman’s Weekly, Take A Break, Choice, Yours, Woman’s Own and HuffPost. She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband, Mr Grumpy…who is very, very grumpy.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.

Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

Additional information




Thomas & Mercer February 1 2021

Publication date

February 1 2021



File size

2350 KB



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Print length

430 pages


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10 reviews for An Eye for an Eye (Detective Kate Young Book 1)

  1. Linda S. Dimezza

    Another winner from Carol WyerJust finished the new book An Eye for an Eye, the first in the Detective Kate Young series. I found the beginning somewhat tedious but since I love this author I kept reading. Oh boy, am I glad I did. This is an amazing book with a wonderful new character. Kate Young, a once and promising police officer, is confronted with a horrible tragedy. Her time off is mixed with nightmares and the drugs she takes to get her through the day. When she is asked to return to work by the Superintendent to investigate a very sensitive case, she agrees. Her and her team are investigating the murder of a prominent man and it has to be kept under wraps. The book has so many twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Kate is a fine detective and knows that she must see this case through and get justice for the victims. When she realizes her efforts are being scrutinized and even thwarted, she soon uncovers a truly devious and evil plot. The excitement builds and then, towards the end, the revelation of what is actually happening made my jaw drop. then comes the shocking cliff hanger! Thankfully, the next one in the series, A Cut for a Cut, is coming in June! Thank you Carol Wyer for a fantastic book and the time spent enjoying it!

  2. johnverp

    A very cleverly constructed taleI almost threw this one in early as I tired of the repeat messages about the ‘train incident’ and how emotionally burdened our protagonist was. I was just waiting for a plot to emerge. The drawn-out introduction probably explains why the novel is longer than it should have been.That said, I’m very glad I persevered as there is a well-constructed story within and one which is cleverly populated with a number of lies, all delivered plausibly. There is an early, small clue as to the identity of the type of killer, but you need to be watchful, rather than lucky as I was, to pick it up.On the flip side, there is quite a bit of licence used, there are occasional issues with tense (but no typos) and some smaller story inconsistencies. I wasn’t thrilled about some elements of the close either, but there was definitely enough there for me to proceed with the sequel, which I have pre-ordered. 4+ stars

  3. Susie

    New Series Alert!Nothing compares to reading the first book in a new series by a favorite author. Well, maybe realizing just how much you loved it! I can’t wait to read more about Kate and her colleagues. I love how well Carol Wyer weaves her story. Her major twists at the end totally blindsided me. Excellent writing! If you love Thrillers and Crime novels, you have to read this one.!Highly recommend! 5 Stars!

  4. Kindle Customer

    Slow.going,.until the end!I really like the concept of this book and the plotline. It was original to say the least. I enjoyed the characters at the end. But, from the beginning until about halfway through it was fairly slow. I think the whole hallucinations and pills were drug put a wee bit too long. I had also figured out the truth about her husband Chris at right about that same point. But not the who, where and why. But after the slow beginning, it took off and it was great. I stuck with it due to.all.of the great reviews of this series, and her previous series. I also believe the first book of every series is the worst of the lot because of all the background put into it. So I will be reading the next one.

  5. Michael James Wells

    RevengeThis is quite an interesting book. Kate is a police detective who is suffering from trauma do you through the killing she’s saw it on the train. The plan is very good and revolves around, keep trying to get back to her normal self and how she was assigned to another murder needs to figure out who did it and why. The book has been a twist interns in it and makes for a very suspenseful story. I am assuming there’s a sequel to this book because somethings left unfinished. I recommend this book from readers oh thrillers.

  6. MGS

    Starting DI Kate Young Book 2 immediatelyI’ve always been a fan of mysteries, detective/police crime solvers, and books with a great story. This book was every one of those things, I couldn’t put it down. Carol Wyer’s plot is deliciously complex, with multiple groups of characters, each set with serious problems to solve, different locations and time frames, a little bit of corruption, some politics, and a murder to solve. DI Kate Young is easy enough to like because she struggles just like the rest of us.Thank you!!Times up; I’ve got to start reading her next one!


    Mystery and intrigue from start to finish!I will definitely add this author to my must-read more list. Ms. Wyer has put together all the elements necessary to keep the reader totally engrossed. The characters are well developed and their personalities lend credence to the storyline. Chris is a stroke of genius with his weaving in and out of Kate’s world. I think most mystery readers would find this author quite interesting. Pick up this book and prepare to get wrapped up in it. Once it grabs you, you’re hooked to the last page!

  8. MeWriter

    One of the Best!Wow! I couldn’t put this down yet I didn’t want it to end either. Carol Wyer has outdone herself with her latest, An Eye for an Eye. There’s a new detective on the scene and she is as interesting and tenacious as any we’ve met before. Bring on another DI Kate Young!

  9. The Cookster

    Promising series opener – with some shortcomings.Rating: 2.8/5The market for police procedurals is a crowded one, so to have any chance of standing out from the crowd and being successful, the author needs to establish a lead protagonist with a backstory and character traits that are sufficiently different and engaging.In “An Eye for an Eye” author, Carol Wyer, goes a long way towards achieving that. However, there are other aspects of this book that I found quite grating and they prevent me from being able to class this as more than a 3-star read overall.DI Kate Young is on leave after having been exposed to a very traumatic situation while on duty some months earlier. Following a recent murder on her patch in Staffordshire, Kate is persuaded to come back to work and lead a team investigating the crime. Will her troubled mental state allow her to perform the task to the best of her ability and what disturbing truths might she uncover along the way?I liked the premise of this story, which at times put me in mind of Abi Morgan’s “River”, which was screened on the BBC a few years ago. I also enjoyed the Staffordshire setting, as it is a part of the country that I am very familiar with.The big downside for me was the dialogue, which frequently grated. Carol Wyer is clearly an intelligent lady and an accomplished wordsmith, but there were numerous occasions when the characters were inappropriately speaking words that were clearly the author’s, rather than the content being consistent with the character in question. Consequently, this undermined the credibility of the scenario.Overall, it was still an enjoyable novel and serves its purpose of setting up a new series.p.s.Note to publisher: A reference is made in the book to “Wednesday 2nd January 2021” , but 2nd January 2021 actually fell on a Saturday. Hopefully, this will be corrected in future editions.

  10. Spicewalker

    Brilliant start to the seriesWell, flipping heck. For book one in a series this is certainly one that gets the adrenaline flowing, the mind whirring and the heart thumping. We may have only just met Kate Young but I can already tell that she is going to be one heck of a character to get to know. This tale will leave you reeling and thinking long and hard about just who you can trust.Now as this is a Carol Wyer novel, I already knew coming into it that I was going to be faced with a complex and multi-faceted storyline and I wasn’t disappointed. When we meet Kate, you can tell that she is going through some kind of breakdown, the reasons for which are not immediately clear but are drip fed to readers throughout the course of the novel. This means that when she is called back from sick-leave to investigate a complicated and high profile murder, we know that we are faced with a tortured soul. Just how tortured remains to be seen, but she is forced to face her demons, both real and of the emotional kind. As she is almost always on edge, it put me, as a reader, on edge to, wondering whether her position would be compromised by her mental state and whether she could overcome her troubles long enough to see the case more clearly.And what a case this is. A high profile businessman murdered in his own home, his eye removed and taken from the scene. The murder weapon is somewhat innocuous in reality, the method of deployment less so, and all of it left me completely intrigued as to why the killer might go to such lengths when there had to be far easier ways in which to despatch their victims. And I say victims as it becomes clear quite early on that they have more than one target in mind. Whilst the murders are a bit grizzly, it is not played out on the page the focus more on the who whilst at the scene, the puzzling nature of the mess left behind taking a little longer to uncover.I really did grow to like Kate and her small team. And for a murder squad it really is a small team – just two Detective Sergeants, Morgan Meredith and Emma Donaldson – the powers that be intent on keeping the investigation low key and out of the spotlight of the media. The two Sergeants back Kate up to the nth degree, even when it is clear that they have some concerns over how the case is progressing. They are all determined and focused and I feel like we have much more to come from all of them over the course of the series so I’m intrigued to see where the author takes us.The pacing in the book is just right, the narrative moving back and forth between the current investigation and the inciting incident which led to Kate’s sick leave. The past is slowly revealed, as are the dark motives of the present. The author keeps the killer well and truly hidden until the end, the reveal coming as both a surprise and, with the benefit of hindsight, completely fitting. There is an underlying tension throughout that peaks and troughs as the story dictates, the edginess and threat building at just the right moment, and the author uses that slow build to good effect, contrasting the patience of the killer with the urgency of the investigation.As you can probably deduce from the title, this is a tale of vengeance, but the biggest surprise is revealed about two thirds of the way through the book giving readers a promise of what is yet to come, not just for this story, but for the series as a whole. With a myriad of suspects, but no. clear motives, the book kept me hooked and I am looking forward to the follow up this summer.

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