Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
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…
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Will to Live.
This is the second book in the Kay Hunter series, I reviewed the first one last year and you can find my review of Scared to Death here. I would recommend starting with the first book as it’s really good and they’re also quick reads, plus you’ll be all caught up and aware of the relevant backstories.
This had a really gripping opening, a woman is out one evening walking her dog and finds a man tied to train tracks and he’s desperate for her to help him. She can’t save him in time, and soon Kay and team discover this was no suicide, it’s a cold blooded murder. I loved the originality of the killer’s method, it was terrifying and so unique. Can you even imagine waking up tied to a train track and unable to get free? Then you look up and see lights and a train barreling towards you. So scary!!
There is a lot going on here, there’s obviously the investigation into the train track murders, but Kay is also looking into something on the side, a case she has a personal interest in. It seems someone within her department has a vendetta against her, but why? As she digs deeper to try and find answers it’s clear whoever is behind this is willing to take some extreme measures to keep secrets buried. This was such a great bonus to an already interesting story, things regarding this part were still left very much up in the air and I’m absolutely dying to find out where this is all going.
This is super fast paced, with short chapters and many end with mini cliffhangers. It just begs to be read in one sitting and that’s exactly what I did. No way could I put this one down, it had me totally absorbed. I totally thought I had this one figured out, then Amphlett turned everything upside down and pulled one over on me. It’s another great addition to this series and I can’t wait for book three.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my review copy.
About the Author:
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.