Today Ellen is one of two stops on the blog tour for Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett and you can catch her review in a bit. Regular readers will know that Ellen read and loved the first book in the Kay Hunter series, and you can read that review by clicking the link below:
About the book:
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…
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…
About the author:
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller 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.
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 keep in touch with Rachel by signing up to her mailing list via her website (http://www.rachelamphlett.com), or via Facebook and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett
I was delighted to be asked to review Will to Live, the second book in the Kay Hunter series as I had loved Scared to Death and couldn’t wait to catch up with Kay, her team and the guests that her veterinarian hubby brings home from work!
Will to Live certainly starts with a bang and then the tension gathers momentum as we try to work out who the killer is and what the next stop will be on their murderous journey. The murders are unique in that the killer is disguising them as suicides. The cold and calculating way in which the victims are dispatched is truly chilling; how would you feel if you came around from a drugged stupor to see a train barrelling towards you and there was no way of escape!?
Mental health and depression are a running theme throughout and dealt with very sensitively.
I enjoy these books as they are simple yet effective and engrossing. The cast of characters is minimal and there are no long, drawn out scenes which you find in some police procedurals/crime novels. There is a personal touch in this series; slowly we are getting to know Kay, her marriage, difficult relationship with her family, personal heartache and professional problems. More is revealed about the case that Kay was involved in previously and the backlash that she is still suffering from the events and accusations. As a reader we are still unsure over who she can trust and see that her own private investigations into the case result in consequences for Kay and her colleagues.
I can’t wait for the next in the series, Kay Hunter is a fab lead. She is caring and tenacious and I would love her as my BFF!
Five stars *****
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