Scared To Death (Rachel Amphlett)


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…

What it started as a kidnapping gone wrong, turns into something much more complex and disturbing… Scared To Death is the first book in a new crime series featuring DS Kay Hunter. Following a thrilling and nail-biting first chapter, the story continues as a pretty classic police procedural: interrogations, clues, deductions… you know the deal!

As you all know, this is one of my favorite genres and the truth is that this book delivered a pretty decent story. Still, I admit I didn’t fall in love with Scared To Death the way it happened with others, maybe because I didn’t think this one included anything extraordinary or unique. The case was surely interesting, but it didn’t have any OMG moments in my opinion.

However, I did love how I thought everything was solved, but there was one last surprise designed to complicate things further. This is not a book where the villain’s identity feels as a shocking reveal, but I really enjoyed the way the author had some aces up her sleeve.

Kay Hunter is a fierce detective who is tough, focused and professional, a great woman overall.I quite liked her. She also had some family issues that I hope will be more developed as the series continues. And I can’t wait to know what happens next after that last scene!

In the end, Scared To Death was a well-written and fast-paced crime thriller that I read in just a couple of days. Did it change my world? Nope. But it was a worthy police procedural with a strong female lead. And well, I can’t resist that.

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Saxon Publishing, 2016

25 thoughts on “Scared To Death (Rachel Amphlett)

  1. Renee says:

    Too bad this couldn’t have been better for you. Police procedurals are often hit or miss for me. I liked Out of Bounds a lot recently. And don’t forget about Dead Scared, I think it’s calling your name😉


  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    Sometimes a title will not stick with us, but it was still worth a read and offers some entertainment. I am okay with that. As long as I do not feel my time was wasted. It sounds like maybe that was the case here? Not great, but enjoyable?


  3. Donna says:

    I’ve read several things about this book that made me buy it, like the use of a team and the fact the author thinks of her character as resilient and not strong, or as strong as all the women characters we can find these days. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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