DI Kate Young is a brilliant detective. She gets investigations solved. She gets on well with her team, in the main. But she’s flawed, and I mean really flawed.
Her husband was murdered and she was one of the first cops on the scene.
Now she’s having trouble letting him go, in fact she’s talking to him, and she’s beginning to get caught by others and the excuses are running out.
Is she up to carrying out a major investigation. She’s about to find out.
The first body is found dumped by a reservoir. Killed, raped and has MINE carved into her back.
The method of killing is very specific and would require training in martial arts.
When a second body turns up with the same method used to kill them, and the same message carved into them, it is obvious that they have a serial killer in the area.
Kate starts to see links to a previous case, but is that just what she wants to see, is the voice in her head influencing her decisions.
The links she wants to see will implicate a Senior Officer in the death off an underage boy at a sex party.
Her husband was investigating corruption within the Police, and connections to sex parties.
Is reality blurring with whatever Kate has going on in her own mind.
There are connections but if Kate doesn’t get things right people are going to get away with hideous crimes.
The main investigation in this book is the series of murder rapes from which the book takes its title.
The running story of Police corruption bubbles along really nicely adding a great second dimension to the book.
But it’s the third dimension that lifts this book to the levels of must be read, best seller.
Kate Young is brilliant. She is battling demons in her mind. Carol Wyer has really got into her thoughts. At times you would swear Young is talking to a person that is in the land of the living, and then you realise she’s talking to her dead husband.
At times it’s like she’s trying to reason something out, but she’s using her husbands voice as the prompt or counter argument.
That gives this book a real edge.
At times I was concerned for Kates sanity, at other times I was impressed with her deductive reasoning, all the time she is on the very edge of sanity.
Her team are brilliant. They support her throughout but even they are beginning to have concerns.
I love Carol Wyer’s writing. Her books always hold me from page one, and that in itself brings me concerns. Every time I start one of her books I wonder if it’s going to be the one to disappoint. It’s never happened yet. She is the very definition of raising the bar with each story.
This series, is her best series yet. Her best characters, her best crimes, her best stories.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
But be warned, not all of Carol’s books have a happy ending, or an easy ride for all of the characters.
Pages: 365. Publisher: Thomas & Mercer. Available now