Thrilled to bits to join the blog tour for the next instalment in the fantastic Kay Hunter series, Gone To Ground by Rachel Amphlett! My thanks to Emma Welton for the opportunity to join and to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy.
Author : Rachel Amphlett
Title : Gone To Ground
Series : Kay Hunter #6
Pages : 376
Publisher : Saxon Publishing
Publication date : July 8, 2018
While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.
The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.
When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.
With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.
When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.
As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.
Kay Hunter is back! Yes, she is! And I couldn’t be more excited if I tried!
Gone To Ground is the sixth (6th!! How did that happen?) instalment in the Kay Hunter series and it still feels as fresh as the first one. I rather think you can get away with reading this one as a stand-alone since it sort of marks new beginnings, but why would you want to? Start with the first book if you haven’t done so already! I promise you won’t regret it!
The scene is set from the very first page, when a Sunday morning bike ride ends in a bit of a nightmare as one of the cyclists discovers a severed foot. Bye bye, breakfast. Kay Hunter and her team are called out to the crime scene but other than the foot, there are no clues left to find and identification is impossible. But then more body parts start to show up and it looks like Kay may be facing a serial killer. It seems the killer may have gone to ground (see what I did there?) for now but Kay is convinced they will kill again. Can she stop the killer from striking again?
Kay Hunter and her team feel like a family. Not just to each other but to me, as a reader, as well. Even though Kay has been promoted to DI, it was wonderful to see nothing much has changed. Apart from having way more administrative tasks to do, obviously. On top of that, there’s another position that needs to be filled and just like the team, I too felt wary of the possibility of needing to be introduced to a new member, an outsider. This just goes to show how invested I’ve become in the lives of these characters. Obviously I’m not telling you what happens but Rachel Amphlett handled it brilliantly.
Much needed comic relief is once again provided by Kay’s partner, Adam. If you’ve read the previous books, you’ll know that Adam is a vet and he regularly brings his work home with him. I will always love this perfect balance Rachel Amphlett creates between Kay’s professional and private life and allowing the reader to have a bit of a breather from the disturbing crimes.
The Kay Hunter series are all addictive page-turners and Gone To Ground is no different. With a gripping and frustrating investigation full of dead-ends and surprises, team banter and some chuckles there is a lot here to hold your attention throughout. I thought I had a bit of an inkling as to what was going on but the pieces of the puzzle didn’t fall into place until the end.
I’ve adored this series from the start. It’s one of those that just seems to get better and better with each book and as long as Rachel Amphlett keeps writing them, I’ll be reading them and recommending you do the same! Bring on book 7, Rachel! I’m ready!
Gone To Ground will be published on July 8th. That’s tomorrow! Not long to wait! In the meantime, you can of course pre-order.
I write crime fiction and spy novels, including the Kay Hunter British detective series, the Dan Taylor espionage novels, the English Spy Mysteries featuring Eva Delacourt, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.
I’m a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for my 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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