I am absolutely thrilled to be one of three bloggers kicking off the One To Watch blog tour today!
Published: 6th June 2017 (Saxon Publishing)
Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.
Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.
A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.
Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.
I found the subject of One to Watch very intriguing, focusing upon the death of 16-year-old Sophie Whittaker during a party celebrating her ‘purity pledge’ and her engagement to Josh. For those unfamiliar with the ‘purity pledge’, it is a pledge that young girls (note not boys!) take to remain chaste until they are married – supported by their father’s to provide a positive example. Usually taken between the ages of 12 and 16, it is a part of a conservative Christian movement – but that said, this book isn’t highly religious, or critical of religion, instead this is the backdrop to a murder investigation.
Whilst the party is in full swing, Sophie’s body is found by her drunk best friend Eva during the first chapter of the book that also alludes to the fact that Sophie had secrets which were to come out. Throughout the book these secrets come out, weaving a tighter web for Hunter and her team to unravel to find her killer and their motive.
During the investigation, what is also brought out into the discussion is old money vs. new money as Sophie’s family comes from an aristocratic background whereas Josh’s family are the new rich from his father’s business activities.
Detective’s Hunter and Sharp have a lot on their hands when working through the immediate witnesses, who are all a bit drunk!, as well as working through all the social politics….considering the Whittaker’s daughter has just died, the mother is more concerned about keeping up appearances (the stiff upper lip and all that!) and Josh’s parents just want to carry on as normal with Josh’s education and their business.
Amphlett has woven another tale which is gripping and full of unreliable witnesses – everyone seems shifty! Once again, she has created well-developed characters – interestingly I didn’t like most of the characters but this only added to the narrative and contributed to the suspicions throughout. As with the other books in the series, this throws the reader straight into the action from the first chapter and is the usual high pace that I now associate with both the author and Hunter and her team.
I have seen from Amazon and Goodreads that there is a fourth book in the series which is due out this year, Hell to Pay, and I hope that there are many more to come!
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the popular new Detective Kay Hunter 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 Lee Child, James Patterson, and Chris Chibnall.
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, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
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