A serial killer murdering for kicks.
A detective seeking revenge.
When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.
But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.
When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.
With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.
For the killer, the game has only just begun…
Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…
What I Thought:
Scared to Death is a really solid series opener, featuring Detective Kay Hunter. There is a trend at the moment for fantastic women writers, writing equally fantastic female detectives and police officers, and Rachel Amphlett definitely makes an excellent contribution to this.
From the first page, the action is piled on as we see Yvonne and Tony racing to rescue thier daughter, who has been kidnapped for ransom – their nervous energy and the drama of their situation leaps right off the page in a scene which could easily be transferred to a TV or movie screen.
The novel is well paced, with plenty of room to slowly flesh out Kay Hunter and her supporting characters in further novels – even at the closing stages of the book, personal secrets are revealed among the team.
As a premise, the idea of victims being literally scared to death is fascinating, what makes us scared and how does that physically affect us? The thought of the victims’ last moments is unnerving to say the least!!
I really look forward to more from the Kay Hunter series, she’s definitely keeping the strong female detective fresh and alive!
Scared to Death is published on 6th December 2016.