Secrets of the Dead: A gripping thriller you won’t be able to put down

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36 reviews

About this ebook

‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn't want to put it down – it’s one of the best I've read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!Donna’s Book Blog


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?


A heart-pounding, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.


What readers are saying about the Secrets of the Dead:

‘Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! ... Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! ... kept me hooked from page one ... genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5*

‘I loved every page ... captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages ... 5-shining stars ... I loved it!’ Write Escape


Thrilling, suspenseful and nail-biting ... will keep you up on edge and not wanting to stop reading. Carol has definitely succeeded in keeping her fans enthralled!’ A Jersey Girl 5*


‘Carol Wyer  IS. ON. FIRE. ... I LOVED it ... The creep factor and suspense run high throughout the pages ... excellent.’ Prose and Palate 5*


‘Gave you that 'just one more page' feeling.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Carol Wyer has hit another home-run ... really drew me in from the start. This killer displays a whole other level of creepy crazy ... Gripping and engrossing, this series is quickly becoming another firm favourite for me and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next one.’ Novel Deelights 5*


‘Wow ... awesome ... kept me gripped right from the start through to the last page.  It was a real page turner that I couldn't put down ... a solid 5 stars.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk 5*

‘I felt I was working on the case myself! ... had me gripped and I took every opportunity to read just one more chapter.’ Stef Loz Book Blog

Chilling crime novel ... I love DI Robyn Carter and really feel for her ... instantly hooked at the beginning the tension kept me enthralled throughout.’ Sincerely Book Angels


‘Read in 2 sittings couldn't put it down.’ Best Crime Books and More


Opens at ‘Break-Neck Speed’ ... will take you on a thrilling ride that you won’t want to get off ... a fast-paced, intriguing ‘OMG I NEED TO READ MORE’ type of plotline, once started there is no going back. I couldn’t put the book down I needed to read it all, definitely a one-sitting read. I Dare You To Ignore Secrets of the Dead.’ Sweet Little Book Blog 5*

Ratings and reviews

36 reviews
Midge Odonnell
February 26, 2018
I found this to be a wonderfully crafted Crime Thriller and one that is managing to step away from the so familiar tropes prevalent in the genre. Rather than being all about a maverick detective, in this case Robyn Carter, it is about the team work of Robyn, Mitz and Anna in trying to join the dots between a series of murders and narrow in on the culprit. There are the usual red herrings but these are laid in such a way that they seem entirely plausible and based off leads given by the public rather than an interior hunch. To be honest it was a refreshingly straight forward police procedural where the reader gets the information at the same time as the police. We do follow the standard of having segments told by the killer. Whilst they give us the understanding of who he is targetting and why the author has managed to steer clear of giving us so much information that we know who the killer is. We know some of his family situation and that he works but not where; we know his sister and that he lives alone. Beyond this his identity only becomes clear to us about 3 pages before Anna figures it out. Thats right, the real discovery that leads to his naming and capture is not the detective but her subordinate. I will admit to being hesitant about purchasing any further books in the Robyn Carter series as the first one I found a bit too patchy in its telling. I am very glad that I decided to persevere as I thoroughly enjoyed this second book. You don't need to read the first to engage with the characters and no mention is made of the first crime so my recommendation would be skip Little Girl Lost and jump straight to this one as Carol Wyer has honed her talent for telling a story and weaving a believable plot.
6 people found this review helpful
April Harrison
February 13, 2019
I could not put the book down! Keeps you guessing till the very end. Brilliantly written and suspenseful.
Shirley Funk
August 26, 2017
Spell-bounding!!! Read in one day. Couldn,t put it down.
4 people found this review helpful

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