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An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Series: Detective Kate Young #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 1, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
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?
I’ve really been preferring to read police procedurals lately but you never know exactly what you will get when you try a new (to me) author. I have had some good luck with this genre in Kindle Unlimited titles. So I read the start of the new Detective Kate Young series. I’ll definitely be reading more and trying the author’s backlist, too.
An Eye for an Eye was layered with all sorts of interesting aspects. Even though it is a murder investigation, there is quite a theme of love, which I noticed because of the upcoming holiday. There is no romance. Kate Young shares in her thoughts the dearest moments of her husband from their meeting, to his love of cereal, and his support of her and her career. Their connection flows throughout the story. But with her own trauma, she is a bit of an unreliable narrator which normally isn’t my favorite thing. Somehow the intrepid Kate makes it appealing.
There is also the uncompromising love of family. The killer is dedicated to revenging wrongs to family. The efforts are enormous and unswerving. The mystery is complex enough to not be figured out quickly. Although I don’t usually try to figure it out and just let the story be told. The politics, personalities and people all seemed believable and were well developed enough to not be cliche.
I enjoyed the progression of Kate through her past trauma and to gather the evidence to solve the case. She perseveres even with those who don’t believe she can do it, or are actively preventing her from getting what she needs to find the killer. I got more than I expected here; it was a fantastic read and I really recommend it. I look forward to the ongoing story arcs as the series continues.
This narrator is new to me but Robin has enjoyed her before. I was comfortable with her voices right away, with both male and female voices sounding appropriate. I enjoyed her voice for Kate. There were differentiated voices for other main characters but some of the lesser characters I didn’t hear enough to notice. I listened a little slower than usual at 1.25x speed.
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