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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Scared To Death by Rachel Amphlett

Scared To Death

The murderer in this story isn’t content with just killing their victims, they want to actually scare them to death. And, what’s more, they want to watch.

This is the twisted and horrifying situation that Detective Kay Hunter is faced with at the beginning of Scared To Death and it makes her absolutely determined to find the perpetrator, despite some deliberate attempts to mislead her along the way.

The plot sucks you in right from the very first pages as a couple desperately search for their kidnapped daughter, the beginning of a series of events that will end in tragedy.

This story is packed with plenty of action, tension and surprises. We also get to know a lot about Kay, from her private emotional scars to a recent bruising of her professional reputation. This makes her an appealing and well-rounded character, strong enough to carry the series following on from this first book well. During the course of this book we got to know her well enough to empathise with her, but with some questions left unanswered that will make readers want to go ahead and read further books.

The characters are all well drawn, even the minor ones, and this makes for a realistic read and a satisfying conclusion. There is also a well realised sense of place in the book and the settings play a big part in the way the story unfolds.

Overall I found this a great page turning read, intellectually satisfying and intriguing. The clues and the way the team work together on the investigation are brought to life in a very believable way and the plot was well structured and fast moving.

I look forward to reading further books in the series.

Thanks very much to the author for a review copy of this book.

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