Release date - 6th December 2016
Book length - 378 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
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…
I am lucky enough to have a Guest Post by the talented Rachel Amphlett discussing what makes people read crime fiction. Check it out below:
What’s the attraction of reading crime thrillers?
I think, like many crime thriller authors, my love of the genre started when I was about five years old and started reading the famous five series by Enid Blyton.
By the time I was in my very early teens, I was working my way through my mum’s collection of Dick Francis books and adding to those every birthday and Christmas when I received book tokens in lieu of presents. On top of that, every time my parents stocked up their bookshelves via jumble sales, I’d be devouring the likes of Ed McBain, PD James, and Robert Goddard. By the time I left school, I’d devoured most of the crime fiction section in my secondary school library, including books by Ken Follett, Agatha Christie, and Michael Crichton.
To this day, I’m unable to walk past a second hand bookshop…
Of course it wasn’t just books that were influencing me at that time. On television, the likes of The Bill, Moonlighting, LA Law, as well as the Alex Cross films played by Morgan Freeman and based on the books by James Patterson all fell into the melting pot and fuelled my imagination.
So, what’s the attraction to this genre as a reader?
For me, it’s a mixture of entertainment and escapism.
There’s nothing like perusing the shelves in a bookshop or library, spotting a cover or a spine of a book, and then reading the blurb and thinking “I’ve got to read this”.
The opening chapter is probably the most important part of a crime thriller for a reader. The anticipation of lifting the front cover and reading that first line, then the second, then turning the page, and then getting completely sucked into the mystery via an opening scene that leads you stunned is second to none.
You know (with a few exceptions) that the villain will be apprehended by the time you reach the last page, the detective will have solved the mystery, and all will be right with the world, but it’s the excitement between the first page in the last and trying to work out who the bad guy is, or how they will be stopped, before the detective does.
I have to admit, although I do like reading (and writing) stand-alone crime thrillers, I do enjoy reading books in a series because you get to know the detective over a period of time. You begin to appreciate what drives them. For instance, take Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. That character has grown so much since first appearing in The Black Echo, and I think that’s what keeps the series fresh. It’s not just about the investigation of murder in each book, it’s how the main character’s life is changed by the investigation and the world around him.
It’s the same reason why I enjoyed reading all the Val McDermid Tony Hill series, and the Roy Grace series by Peter James - as well as the fact that the stories aren’t just about the main characters, but include a regular supporting cast.
As a crime thriller author, I’m re-reading a lot of the books on my shelves through different eyes these days - I find I’m analysing them more, trying to pinpoint exactly why those stories have endured.
I hope by re-reading the masters, my own writing will continue to grow.
It’s also a great excuse to forget the housework for a while…
Detective Inspector Kay Hunter has just cleared her name at work but is still dealing with everything she has sacrificed in the name of her job when the body of a kidnapped teenager is found on her watch. Now she must put her own troubles to one side to find the killer. For the terrifying circumstances of this young girl's death points to calculated murder rather than a kidnapping that went wrong. As days pass and with many leads going nowhere, DS Hunter and her team know that they are running out of time. But when they receive a tip-off it leads them on a desperate hunt to stop this psychopath. But when another girl goes missing, this time a lot closer to home, will they be too late? Or will they find another body scared to death?
SCARED TO DEATH by Rachel Amphlett is a fast-paced, deeply disturbing thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. While getting to know Kay and the rest of her team we really get an understanding of life on the job, and how it ripples into their personal lives. The plot is terrifyingly unique and with so many twists and turns, I found myself gripped to the very end. SCARED TO DEATH by Rachel Amphlett is a compelling, dark novel and I highly recommend it to crime fiction fans everywhere. I look forward to reading more from Rachel Amphlett.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the 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 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.
For more information:
Website - www.rachelamphlett.com
Twitter - twitter.com/RachelAmphlett
Facebook - www.facebook.com/rachelamphlett.author/?fref=ts
*I voluntarily reviewed this book for the author. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel Amphlett for her guest post and including Books Of All Kinds on your blog tour.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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