A Life for a Life by Carol Wyer #BookReview #BlogTour #ALifeForALife #CrimeThriller #Series #NetGalley @carolewyer @AmazonPub @ZooloosBT #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing A Life for a Life by Carol Wyer. This was released on the 15th of March, published by Thomas & Mercer.


Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer—except an unpredictable detective.

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.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?

A Life for a Life is the third book in the DI Kate Young series and is another sensational read. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I do suggest you read from the beginning as you would be missing out on two fabulous reads.

Duel cases make up the story in this instalment. One professional when a spate of murders occur where the team remain unaware as to the why and how these murders are connected and one personal for our lead in her own investigation into the murder of her husband and a corrupt police force. Gripping from start to finish and highly addictive, I couldn’t tear myself away and this was a one sitting read for me.

As is always the case with Wyer’s books, A Life for a Life has been masterfully plotted and executed. I really love Kate’s character more and more with each book and she has become one of my all time favourite DI’s. Wyer always does a fantastic job with her characters, good and bad, and really brings them all to life.

I love to ask authors if they could be the author of any books what would they be. For me if I was an author, this series (and her others) are mine. Wyer is a fantastic storyteller, these books tick all the boxes I look for in a crime thriller and each instalment just keeps getting better and better. A brilliant series, I look forward to hopefully many more books to come.

Thank you to Carol Wyer, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of A Life for a Life, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts on A Life for a Life.


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.



My thanks to Zoe from Zooloo’s Book Tours for my spot on The Life for a Life blog tour and for the promotional materials.

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4 thoughts on “A Life for a Life by Carol Wyer #BookReview #BlogTour #ALifeForALife #CrimeThriller #Series #NetGalley @carolewyer @AmazonPub @ZooloosBT #onceuponatimebookreviews”

  1. Marnie! What can I say? If you were here, I’d hug you. I have loved reading your review. My cheeks are glowing like hot colas and I feel I can take on the world (well, Mr Grumpy at least!) I am overwhelmed by your praise and delighted you have enjoyed reading the book so much. I really can’t thank you enough for being part of the tour and for this outstanding review. Hugest of thanks xx


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