I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed Will To Live (Book 2 in the Detective Kay Hunter mystery series). Having read, and loved, Scared To Death (Book 1) last year I am sad that’s it’s taken me this long to read this, but all good things come to those who wait as they say.
I love Rachel Amphlett’s writing style. She has a way of drawing you in from the very first page and this book is as gripping as the first. I know I am going to love the rest of this series.
Kay and her team find themselves facing an horrific crime scene which, at first, appears to be a suicide on the railway, until evidence of foul play is spotted amongst what little is left of the poor victim. I can’t even imagine witnessing anything so horrendous and hope I never have to. Thankfully (not for her, of course) in this case there was a witness who saw this poor soul lose his life and although she was unable to save him she was able to confirm that he was crying for help before the train hit him which casts further doubt about his death being a suicide. Who could be sick enough to murder someone in such an evil way (not that there’s a nice way!) and is it even their first time?
Will To Live is an excellent police procedural. The end of each chapter is written in a way that made me want to read on as I NEEDED to find out what was going to happen next. I think the short chapters help to create the tension that builds during this investigation. I thought I had it sussed on more than one occasion, but the twists and turns kept me guessing right until the very end. I was holding my breath at one point, panicking along with Kay! A fast-paced and at times an emotional read.
Kay has a back story, unknown to the reader, which I am still intrigued about. We are drip fed snippets of info throughout this book, but I’m still non the wiser, so I’m keen to find out more.
Kay is a likeable character and one I am looking forward to catching up with again soon. She’s professional and very real. I like that we have an insight in to her personal life.
I love that the pregnant Molly is featured in this story! There has to be some happiness in a world of tragedy and heartache.
Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my kindle copy of Will To Live. I am more than happy to recommend!
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About the author…..
Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.
Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.
A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance, usually with a crime fiction festival tacked on for good measure! You can stay in touch with Rachel via her Reader’s Group at http://www.rachelamphlett.com.