Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Review - A Soul for a Soul

Title:   A Soul for a Soul
Author:  Carol Wyer
Series:  Detective Kate Young #5
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   381
Date of Publication:   January 30, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars

The syndicate have taken everything from her. It’s time to take them down―or die trying. DCI Kate Young never meant to shoot Superintendent John Dickson at the reservoir that night―even if, as a scheming corrupt cop and head of the shady syndicate, he probably had it coming. But now Kate has photographic evidence that someone else knows her terrible secret… 

Tormented by guilt and the voices of the dead, Kate is desperate to unmask the rest of the corrupt officers before her own sins catch up with her. When DI Harriet Khatri, awaiting trial for the murder of Kate’s mentor, claims she was framed by Dickson’s syndicate, Kate reluctantly agrees to help in the hope of finding answers. 

Meanwhile, DI Emma Donaldson finds herself on the hunt for a double murderer―a man who incapacitates his victims with a powerful narcotic called Devil’s Breath. Desperate to measure up to her role-model boss, Emma finds herself hurled into the deep end in more ways than one… While Kate’s grip on reality wavers and the syndicate closes in, and with the mystery killer taking a special interest in Emma, could this be the case that defeats both detectives?


DCI Kate Young has long been on the trail of discovering her husband Chris’s murderer, but now  she is avidly covering up the death of Superintendent John Dickson. While it is true that she shot Dickson but has reasons for covering it up. His voice is constantly ringing in her ears. Meanwhile, Kate has a new promotion due to the death of DCI William Chase. Losing William has left a huge void in Kate’s life. Feeling bereft, her workplace brings her great sadness. His voice is also in her head, leading her to imagined conversations.  

Operation Moonbeam is afoot. Can Kate and her team expose the corruption in the police force, while also trying to stop a group of human traffickers? With DI Harriet Khartri having been charged with William’s murder, Kate could possibly move on. Awaiting trial for those charges, Harriet appeals to Kate for help. Kate doesn’t like or even trust Harriet much, her rival, but she digs deep into the case. 

Beyond helping Harriet, Kate’s real goal to go expose the corrupt syndicate in the police department. Kate is desperate to find the ever elusive Digger, a man who witnessed Dickson’s death. With everything going on, Kate hardly knows who to trust she knows that someone who works with her is part of the syndicate. Could it be someone closer than she imagined?

One of Kate’s team members, Emma, is experiencing her own drama. Aside from being in a relationship with Morgan, a fellow police officer, she is on the hunt for a double murderer. For Emma and Morgan, there is trouble in their relationship. Then, the killer has a perspective in this novel, someone who is driven by emotional blindness. 

With intense drama, palpable tension, and an intriguing storyline, this latest book in the Detective Kate Young series was yet another compelling read by Carol Wyer. Every book is just as good as the all the others, and Ms. Wyer’s writing shows incredible talent. But...the cliffhanger?! I certainly hope we have not seen the last of Kate. 

Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People's Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer's crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages. 

A move from humour to the 'dark side' in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche.


February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. 


Carol has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly', featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and the Huffington Post. She's also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ''Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television.


She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy... who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.


To learn more, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on Twitter: @carolewyer

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