Secrets of the Dead - Carol Wyer

Reading Challenge Category: Wanted to read author’s back catalogue

Official Blurb:

Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and 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 a second victim with a receipt confirms her worst fears.
There are no witnesses. The victims had no debts. With the body count rising and the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime in record time. But her team can’t find a link between the victims, and the cracks are starting to show.
Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers photographs in two of the victims’ houses, which she thinks could unlock the case. But as she hones in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.
Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

My Thoughts:

I'm delighted I found the time to read the DI Robyn Carter series by Carol Wyer. They seem to be getting better and better.
We now know Robyn and her past, so this didn’t need to be belaboured in the 2nd book, and it wasn’t. We simply get character development which is precisely what was required. You really feel as if you are getting to know her and how she works.
This story is particularly gruesome; I do wonder about the mind of Wyer for coming up with some of the murders. Scarily, she sort of explains herself in the ‘Author’s Note’ at the end. I’m not sure if knowing how she comes up with her ideas is a good or bad thing.
The book really keeps you in suspense the whole way through. You have no idea who the killer is until the author is ready to reveal it. I was hooked to the page waiting to find out.
This book was a lot more structured than the first and was better put together. I really could just settle down and immerse myself in the story.
I’m really enjoying this series and am chomping at the bit to start reading book three.

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Secrets of the Dead
by Carol Wyer
Date Started
14th September 2020
Date Finished
17th September 2020
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