Secrets of the Dead – Carol Wyer

20 June 2017
Secrets of the Dead Book Cover Secrets of the Dead
Carol Wyer
Fiction
Bookouture
30 May 2017

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.

My review of Carol Wyer’s Secrets of the Dead

Carol Wyer’s second DI Robyn Carter novel is zoom, zoom, zoom… Carol Wyer gives us a roller coaster in the dark, where you don’t see what’s coming next. Twisty, turny, stomach dropping. Yep, that’s Secrets of the Dead.

To be honest, at 10%, I restarted the book. Why? Because I began reading this book within seconds of finishing Wyer’s Little Girl Lost.  Handling one roller coaster so soon after another without feeling woozy is quite a difficult task for me.  I took a day off of reading and started over. Whew. But after the wonderfulness that is Little Girl Lost, I couldn’t wait.
 
First of all, if you have not read Little Girl Lost, run out and get it NOW. Oh, I mean… where I was going with that was – if you haven’t read Little Girl Lost, that’s OK because Secrets of the Dead can be consumed as a stand alone as well.
 
Like many crime novels, Secrets of the Dead begins with a few murders. The first murder appears disconnected from the others, but the next two murders are definitely connected. On each person, there is an invoice for 250,000 pounds. Paid for with their lives.
 
DI Robyn Carter is on the case, enlisting the help of her sweet dear cousin Ross, detective turned PI. I love Ross. But everywhere Robyn turns she hits walls. And then the press scared the public, her boss was frustrated, and Robyn and her team were bone-weary. My eyeballs soaked up this book in a ferocious manner after restarting it.
I did notice a few reviews mention that there were too many characters to keep track of. A tip for kindle readers.  Highlight the name of each character at first mention so you can easily refer back if you need a refresher.
DI Robyn Carter is not my favorite character in the book. Of course, I like her, especially her unconventional devious ways of solving crime. But Ross, Mitz, and Anna are who I most enjoy and connect with. They are such a big part of the story, that I’m not feeling any lacking by connecting to the adjunct characters.
 
This was yet another definite 5-star book for me. Go read it. 🙂

Just a note

As an aside, there was a scene where Robyn was racing toward another murder passing Aldi and Tesco, turning right onto X street. (The street name escapes me).
 
I shop at Aldi here in the states and chuckled at the mention of Aldi. So, I googled Aldi and the street name mentioned. Low and behold I found a street view of that Aldi on Google Maps. It was very cool to meander around the streets of Litchfield from my iPad in the very same locations mentioned in Secrets of the Dead. Does that make me a dirty stalker of fictional characters?
Thank you to netgalley, bookouture, and Carol Wyer for an advanced copy of this book. My review is honest and unbiased.
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