Book Review: Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett


Title: Will to Live
Series: A Detective Kay Hunter Novel #2
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Publication Date: October 3, 2017


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Will to Live
A Detective Kay Hunter Novel #2
Rachel Amphlett
Narrated by Alison Campbell
Saxon Publishing, October 2017
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From the publisher—

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 realizes 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 realizes the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him….

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….

When a man is found murdered in one of the most frightening ways possible, Kay Hunter and her colleagues have a very difficult task to stop the killer before he…or she…strikes again but this person seems to always be several steps ahead. It doesn’t make things easier that a superior is less than helpful when he doesn’t believe Kay has sufficient reason for her requests but finding that nebulous connection between victims seems to be just out of reach. The deeper the team gets into the case, the more they begin to recognize that there is a very emotional element to the killer’s behavior as one murder after another piles up. The reader gets occasional glimpses into the murderer’s point of view, adding to the tension.

At the same time, Kay is well into an investigation of her own, trying to find out who is sabotaging her career, and the things she’s learning are alarming. When a colleague, Gavin, is attacked, Kay is sure the assault is linked to her activities and she and Adam, her very supportive husband, have to acknowledge that the stakes are higher than she thought. Should she let it rest or does she become even more determined to find out the truth?

Once again, Alison Campbell does a fine job with her narration and she certainly added to my enjoyment of the story and its various characters. I especially like that each voice is distinctive and clearly enunciated, even when deep emotions are at play.

Next up, Book #2, One to Watch, and I’m more than ready to jump in.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2018.



About the Author

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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About the Narrator

I’m a Bristol-based actress who trained at Bretton Hall and the University of Leeds. I’ve been involved with a huge range of projects and love a bit of variety of life!

I’m lucky to be a verstile performer – think everything  from Shakespeare, to  interactive theatre, comedy, solo shows and a whole host of different voice work.

I’m experienced in devising, improvisation, multi-roleing, immersive theatre and voice acting,

I have a lot of fun performing across the UK and round the world with the award-winning Natural Theatre, specialising in immersive, interactive theatre in surprising places.

I also teach youth theatre, facilitate theatre workshops and am experienced in corporate roleplay and presenting.

I’m represented by Louise Alexander at BAM Associates



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