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.
Saxon Publishing, 2016