Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on The Secrets Of The Dead by Carol Wyer blog tour. Although this is the second book in the DI Robyn Carter series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
The Secrets Of The Dead is published by one of my favourite publishers Bookouture and it’s already been published so you don’t even have to wait to get your hands on a copy just pop over to Amazon and “click” but don’t forget to read my review first 😂
Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.
When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.
With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.
Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.
The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?
Carol Wyer is fast becoming one one of my “go to” crime authors when I need my crime fiction fix. Ever since I read her debut crime thriller Little Girl Lost I’ve been eager to see what she would produce next, and I’m thrilled to report Secrets Of The Dead is even better than the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter series. This book can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend you read both books in the series just because they are both so damn good.
Secrets Of The Dead reminded me very much of a classic whodunnit where the body count rises at an alarming rate and you are never quite sure who the next victims going to be. I’m not going to go into plot details as everything you need to know is in the book description, but I will say this book makes for a heart pounding read.
Detective Robyn Carter Is back she’s dogmatic, doesn’t listen to reason, she’s ballsy, daring and resourceful all the things you would expect from a fictional detective. As the case becomes more complex, and Robyn doesn’t appear to be getting any closer to catching the killer she begins to doubt her own ability to solve the case, which highlights the more sensitive side to her character.
As to the Killer I did feel some sympathy towards them, talk about damaged! They really did have major issues, especially as you learnt more about their reasons for killing, and how it all began. The author depicts how stalking and obsession can begin, an innocent comment, a chance meeting can soon become something very dark and sinister. By dedicating chapters to the killer the author shows how an innocent first meeting can become an all consuming obsession, which made for a spine chilling read.
I do love Carol Wyer’s style of writing it’s sharp and to the point so from the opening chapter she grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you out her clutches until the “heart in the mouth” last thrilling chapter. Although I wouldn’t consider Secrets Of The Dead to be a complex plot, there are enough thrills and chills to keep the most hardened crime thriller reading late in to the night.
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Bookouture 30th May 2017
As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.
Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.