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Scared to Death

Book 1, Kay Hunter - Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller Series

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Praise for Scared to Death

Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thriller Robert Bryndza, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl In The Ice

"Moves along at breakneck speed with twists and turns" ~ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully."

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 the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter James' Roy Grace series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett’s new detective novels today.

What people are saying about Scared to Death:

A fast-paced, deeply disturbing thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish” Books Of All Kinds

“Oohhh what a FANTASTIC beginning to a new series! This is dark and gritty, with surprises that I didn’t see coming.” Novel Gossip

“A dead body, a psychotic killer and an honest dependable detective ... If you like your crime fiction uncomplicated, fast-paced and real Scared to Death is the PERFECT read for you…” Swirl and Thread

“Extremely well-plotted, this really is a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!” Jo’s Book Blog

“In this novel, I actually believed the reason for the killings. It was new, interesting, and made a refreshing amount of sense … reminded me at times of Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch series” The Crime Review

“A really solid series opener, featuring Detective Kay Hunter … she’s definitely keeping the strong female detective fresh and alive!” It Takes A Woman

“A fast paced thriller of a story that draws you in from the start and will make your heart quicken!” The Great British Book Off

“A gutsy, fast and dark book that is packed full with unsuspecting twists. Moves at a relentless pace, with an intensely dark plot, featuring a top notch female protagonist.” Mrs B’s Book Reviews

“The murders shock, and the plot is pacey, twisting with action … with more than one surprise within it pages, Scared to Death will satisfy any lover of serial killer fiction” Postcard Reviews

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend

Enjoyed this book very much. Have already finished the 2nd book and bought the third. Highly recommend this series!!!

Enjoyed the Read

Started reading this and couldn’t put it down. Very nice story line. Chapters move to different characters point of views which can be confusing but the author does a good job of transitioning into the different characters. Glad this was on the free book list.

Interesting twists and a sadistic bad guy

I voluntarily received an ARC of Scared to Death for a blog tour. This is the second novel I’ve read by Amphlett and it did not disappoint.  The story starts off fast with a set of parents trying to save their daughter from a kidnapper.  It was extremely thrilling and got the blood pumping. It was the perfect opening to draw the reader into the story.  Enter our main protagonist Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter, and all the inner politics and workings of the British Police. 

For those of you who don’t read my blog, I am an American so I always find it interesting to read books from the other side of the “pond”.  I found myself highlighting phrases to go back and check later or was using Wikipedia.  For example making someone redundant, we call that being laid off.  Or take the Mickey out of him which I don’t think we have an equivalent. It makes the reading interesting and I have to do a mental shift to processes the “language”.  In Scared to Death it wasn’t too difficult, I’ve watched a few movies, that I’ve had to turn the subtitles on.  LOL

This is a mystery, suspense, thriller, slash police drama/crime drama, centered on Kay Hunter.  Kay just got finished going through an inquiry regarding missing evidence in a case, what we would call an IA or Internal Affairs investigation.  She is suspected of being a dirty cop by some of her peers.  Which is making her life as a detective, difficult at best.  She was cleared of wrongdoing and is given the case of the Kidnapping, much to the chagrin of said peers.

The case is fast moving and intense.  With a bunch of twist and turns that keep the reader engaged.  There is the inner workings of the chase along with the POV from the bad guy, it was exciting.  Where things slowed for me, Amphlett tends to give too many inane details that don’t add anything to the story, except to slow the pace.  Case in point.

“Kay shut the door as he distributed the drinks onto the table, then took her seat next to him.  She reached out for her coffee, and blew across its surface.”     

Then there was the interview of the farmer which was a repeat of what just happened.  It was frustrating.  I don’t like when the pace is moving at a fast clip and then it is bogged down with too many details that aren’t necessary.  In a thriller I want to keep my adrenaline pumping.  It did in the beginning, a little in the middle and then the end.  I wish it would have kept the pace throughout. 

Overall it was a pretty good read, with some interesting twists and a sadistic bad guy.  I am rating it 4 Boundless Stars....Sara  

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Scared to Death
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Dec 06, 2016
  • Publisher: Saxon Publishing
  • Seller: Rachel Amphlett
  • Print Length: 410 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Kay Hunter
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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