Review: A Cut for a Cut (Detective Kate Young #2) by Carol Wyer

DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?


There is a serial rapist and murderer in Blithfield Reservoir. The unsub stalks women before attacking them. It is up to Detective Kate and her team to stop him. However, as in the previous case, Kate is working with very limited resources and a small team. In addition, she suspects that her superiors are corrupt and involved in the murder of her husband, Chris. Its clear that her suspicions do not go unnoticed as someone is trying to frustrate her investigation to show that she is incompetent hence get her to lose her job. All in all, this was a complex case. The work environment made it even more difficult to solve.

I enjoyed Kate and her team of investigators and the meticulous way that they conducted the investigation. I have to admit though that the pace of the investigation slowed down the entire narrative for me. I usually don’t mind the lack of leads and suspects as this is a realistic representation of how real investigations go. However, in this case, I was getting just as frustrated as Kate and her team as I wondered whether the case would ever get solved.

The parallel investigation into Chris’ death had my attention as more progress was made. I am curious to see how Kate will handle this case especially as the book ends with more twists and new evidence.

This was another great addition to the series. I can’t wait to catch up with Detective Kate in the next book and see how her unofficial investigation on the police corruption will go. I recommend reading this series in the order in which the books were released. This mainly because the corruption case is ongoing from the first book.


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