About the book
Published: 6th December 2016 (Saxon Publishing)
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…
Scared to Death is one of those books that grips you right from the very start, and if I had the opportunity I could have easily read this in one sitting without even realising! Tony and Yvonne return from holiday to find their daughter has been kidnapped, rather than get the police involved, they deliver the ransom money themselves and go to get their daughter back. However, things are not that simple and they find their daughter’s body in a way that no parent would ever want to see their child. Initially it’s put down to a kidnapping gone horribly wrong but all is not what it seems, Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced when looking at the crime scene. The theory seems even less likely when a man’s body turns up with the ransom money – it’s completely thrown out of the water when a second girl is taken.
Scared to Death is fast paced, full of tension and not for the faint-hearted as the antagonist is one twisted individual so there are some graphic scenes (all in keeping with the plot and sensitively written). All the characters are well-developed, the good guys are easy to like and the bad guys are to be despised!! Detective Hunter is a strong individual, leading her team confidently in a race against time for the second kidnapped girl but also has a vulnerable side which Amphlett balances out perfectly.
This is the first book I have read from Amphlett but will not be the last – the writing is superb, the plot is well planned out, delivered with realistic characters and is a fabulous example of a thriller, relentless in pace making you hold your breath at times! It isn’t easy reading in places but it is fantastic! Fully recommended and easily 5 stars!
Thank you to Rachel for inviting me into this blog tour and providing me with an ARC of Scared to Death.
About Rachel Amphlett
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.