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 the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…
My Rating: 5/5
My thanks to the author– Rachel Amphlett, for an ARC of this book which I have chosen to read/review and give honest feedback on.
Set in Kent, the reader is taken on a whirlwind of a journey involving kidnap, the past, bullying, power & control, various levels of abuse and misplaced loyalties. What a ride!
OMFG, #bookjunkies! To say I consumed this book like a chocolate-starved little girl who stumbles across a big bar of cadbury’s would be an understatement! This book sparked all my synapses and excited me beyond belief! Starting with a #KillerHook, the plot was cleverly written to build the suspense and sustain it throughout.
I loved that even the characters gave me a buzz from the get go. I WANTED to see how they developed and I was thrilled at how easily I became attached to them. DS Kay Hunter is strong-willed and determined, but has a bit of a chip on her shoulder – always trying to live up to her mother’s expectations but always falling short. She has had a life shaping event recently but luckily has her boyfriend, Adam to share the pain and support her. Love this couple! I definitely think they have more to offer and hope to find out more in a future series.
I was intrigued by Ian Barnes and kinda wish we learned a little more about him….though, the author may be saving this, teasing us so that we are at her mercy!! I felt the same way about DI Sharp. I want to know more, more, more!
The antagonist is brilliant! I did guess some of the twists, but you know what…it didn’t matter! The evil that oozes from the baddie is just superb. Skin-crawling, goosebumps and a little bit of sick in my mouth evil! Love it! If the baddie in a series piques my interest, I know I am in for a fabulous read….and I was!
If real life did not constantly interrupt me, I would have read this book in hours! I seriously did not want to put it down. It drew me in and the twists really had me on the edge of my seat! So would I recommend this book? OMFG, that is a seriously massive HELL YEAH! And to think I nearly turned this review request down because I was so busy! If you are looking for a crime thriller with twists, a kick ass baddie and some fantastic characters, then click the link below…you won’t be disappointed!
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