Published: 1st April 2017 (Saxon Publishing)
Reputation is everything.
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…
This is the second book in the DS Kay Hunter series and whilst Will to Live could be read as a standalone, I recommend that you read Scared to Death first as it’ll make for a heightened reading experience of this one as there are continuing story lines running through both books. I started reading this with excitement as I loved the first book, but also with a little trepidation as to whether this would be as good – I needn’t have worried as this is another fantastic Kay Hunter book!
As with Scared to Death, Amphlett draws the reader in right from the opening chapter. A dog walker is out on a evening stroll with a torch running low on batteries and without her mobile phone. She comes across a man on a railway line who appears to have changed his mind about committing suicide but why won’t he move? This is a distressing scene for both the victim in the last moments of life and the woman who comes across him as she cannot get to him to help.
When the pathologist provides evidence against the suicide theory and another body turns up on the railway lines, it is clear they have a murderer on their hands.
Will to Live is a fast paced, gripping story with a unique murder weapon…trains, who’d have thought?! Aside from the murder investigation, Will to Live also tackles a difficult subject with the underlying theme of depression and what can lead people to take their own lives. This is sensitively handled, showing the isolating effects upon those that suffer as well as the impact that it has upon those around them.
Alongside the main investigation, Kay is still haunted by the missed conviction which nearly resulted in her losing her job. She has commenced her own investigation into what happened to the key evidence in that case which puts both her and her colleagues in danger as there is someone trying their very best to stop her from unearthing the truth.
Amphlett has created a very likeable protagonist in Kay who is both determined in her investigations and her progression up the career ladder as well as supportive of her team. She also has a softer side that is shown through her relationship with her partner, Adam and the dog they are looking after who is about to give birth.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second investigation by DS Kay Hunter and her team, so much so I’m immediately moving onto the 3rd book in the series, One to Watch which I’m kicking off the blog tour for on the 30th May.
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.