Title: Will to Live (Detective Kay Hunter book 2)
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Date of Publication: April 1st 2017
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
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…
Just imagine – You wake up from a strange slumber. You try to get up but you cannot move. You realise you are tied down with rope. Then you hear a blaring horn and you turn your head to see a train rushing toward you. You scream but then the voice is lost as the train runs over you tearing you up into pieces. That is how this brutal novel starts.
From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story. The sheer violence of killing someone by making a train run over them sent chills down my spine. Trying to find connections between the murders and trying to understand the motive behind all this before the killer could strike again was frustrating, and I could feel the tension throughout the novel. On top of that, our protagonist Kay Hunter has her own personal investigation of an old case which almost destroyed going on which faces some drastic opposition – an opposition that will do anything to stop her. Both these plots kept me engaged the whole time. It made me think and try to solve the cases. But, of course, the author is always a step ahead of us and gives loads of mini and major twists to keep us busy. At one point I thought I got it all figured, and then a twist came which made me do a complete 360. I slapped myself on the head and wondered why I didn’t think that before. Being written in short chapters added to the pace of the novel and made it feel like a ticking bomb. By the end of the novel I was completely satisfied and happy and pumped to read the next book in the series.
Final Verdict –
Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.