‘Reputation is everything’
Following on from the success of Scared To Death (Review HERE), Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…
I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour with the lovely Rachel and would like to thank Emma Mitchell for inviting me on the tour.
Please continue reading for my unbiased and voluntary review…
From the Cover:
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.
As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.
With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…
‘Help! Please – somebody help me!’
These are the words Elsa Flanagan hears as she walks her dog one evening near the train tracks close to her home. With a pounding heart and on unsteady legs, Elsa soon finds herself a witness to the most horrific and traumatic event.
On the scene immediately is Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter. A suspected suicide soon develops into something much more, as the evidence at the scene alludes to a very violent and cold-blooded murder.
With the assistance of her colleagues, Kay Hunter discovers that this is a case with the potential of exploding into something a lot bigger. As the team delve into a few more recent and apparent suicides, it soon transpires that this may be the work of a serial killer.
The strategy changes as the team grasp the extent of the challenge ahead of them.
Kay Hunter is fighting on all sides.
Having being embroiled in a case that nearly cost her her career and did result in a personal loss, Kay is convinced there is still a personal vendetta against her. Remaining vigilant at all times, Kay is concerned that this hostility against her could potentially affect the lives of people close to her. She has to deal with a number of unpleasant colleagues and in addition a number of unexplained incidents arise, causing Kay great unease.
As the murder investigation moves up a notch, Kay and her team, are trying to keep one step ahead of a killer. There is something quite personal about the killers choice of victim. This is no random act and Kay is fearful of their ability of stopping the perpetrator before the next move is made.
Will to Live is a race against time.
It is fast and furious with no indication given as to who, what and how until you turn the last few pages.
What I love about the Kay Hunter series from Rachel Amphlett is that these books are not just crime fiction.
The reader gets a peak into the personal life of Kay. We see her interaction with her husband Adam and the intimate secrets they share. We also are introduced to the somewhat fraught relationship she has with her mother and sister. Kay Hunter suffers from the insecurities in life that we all have but yet she is a detective that always strives for justice for the victim and for herself.
I mentioned in my previous review of Scared To Death that this series would transfer very well to film or TV and I still believe that to be the case. Kay Hunter is the perfect protagonist. She is tough. She is fair. She has a heart…..
Purchase Link ~ Will To Live
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.
She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.
You can find out more about Rachel at http://www.rachelamphlett.com/