Will To Live – Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

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5*

aboutthebook

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.

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Will To Live is the second book in the Kay Hunter series and it’s even better than the first one.

When a train runs over a body on the tracks, it soon becomes clear this wasn’t a suicide. It doesn’t take long for Kay to realise there may be more victims of this novel way of murdering someone.

Meanwhile, it’s also becoming increasingly obvious that someone is raging a personal vendetta against her. But who? And why? Kay continues to investigate but is she putting anyone in danger by doing so?

One of the things I love so much about this series are the various layers and threads. There’s the murder investigation, there’s the personal investigation and there’s Kay’s private life. The moments when she’s at home with Adam, who keeps bringing animals home (thank goodness not a snake this time!), offer some relief from the dark brutality of the murders. Not just for her, but for us as a reader too. It works like a charm.

This is quite a quick and action-packed read. All the characters in the team work really well together, even though you’re left to wonder who Kay can trust. There’s something quite natural about the way Rachel Amphlett writes and I can see myself having the kinds of conversation her characters have. Nothing stilted here.

While this can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest you read Scared To Death first. And then get comfortable because I have no doubt there is way more to come from Kay and Rachel Amphlett.

Will To Live is out now.

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11 thoughts on “Will To Live – Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

  1. Fab review! I wish I had had the time to read the first book, but I was so addicted to this story that I’ll definitely be reading it this summer! I loved Kay! And you are so right about the layers, it’s full of what life is made of: dozens of threads intricately woven together, work, private life, so many things to work on.This book is full of the best of things!

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      1. Hahaha, that’s what I do! I retweet and like but only go and read when the tour is over or if it’s a book I just read, I’m gonna avoid all reviews about it until mine is scheduled or my head starts being confused and I fear I’m gonna imitate or mix my feelings to someone else’s!

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    1. I think what I like about this series is that it’s not too overly complicated. I don’t mean that in a bad way but sometimes you get overwhelmed with a bunch of acronyms and whatnot and I lose the plot. So to speak. This, in comparison, is relatively simple but effective. And I just really like the characters. There also quite quick reads so I’m sure you’ll get caught up in no time 🙂

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  2. Great review! I’ve never heard of this series and you have peeked my interest. Added the first one to my Goodreads list. I love a good series!!!

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  3. The blog tour for this book is full of great reviews, yours included. I haven’t read the first book of this but it surely sounds like a definite one for my tbr. I love crime mysteries and this one sounds like a very clever one.
    Amanda.

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