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A Life for a Life by Carol Wyer
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Published by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer on March 15, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 5 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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.
A Life for a Life might be the end of the Detective Kate Young series, but I hope not. The plot gives us some layers with a serial killer, Kate’s personal grief and career aspirations and her investigation into her husband’s death and department corruption. The ending is a bit vague so I’d like more to see what happens.
Kate is smart but still burdened by the death of her husband. She has shut herself off a bit with still trying to feel her husband with her. She talks to her sister Tilly but otherwise keeps isolated so others don’t know she is still investigating. It’s dangerous to her and potential witnesses if the corrupted realize her efforts. Her father’s best friend, William, is retiring and encourages her to try for a promotion.
The serial killer is taking out another person daily. It takes a few days and a profiler and Kate’s intuition to grasp that the killer suffered a tragedy and is grieving. It takes a lot of good police work to narrow down and find the killer.
Kate continues to collect evidence and witnesses, to finish the story her husband was killed to stop, into police corruption. She argues with herself about how to safeguard witnesses because all of them she has found have been murdered, including an officer who caught on to the corruption. Kate can’t trust people she knows well and expects to be on her side. She learns her father and his best friend, William, might have known or been in on it. She finally makes some real progress which is exciting!
This narrator was new to me with this series. I have settled into her performance and am enjoying the voices for the different characters. Kate is the primary character and her voice fits well. Both male and female voices sound appropriate for the region. The voices were differentiated for other characters. I listened a bit slower at 1.25x speed this time.
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