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Blog Tour: Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

I’m very excited to host my stop on a blog tour to celebrate the release of Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett on 6th December 2016. Read on for my review of this sensational new thriller.

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Book blurb:

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 a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

My review:

There is no messing around with Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett. Despite being the first in a new series, it immediately kicks off at a frantic pace. This novel is not for the faint hearted, it is a gutsy, fast and dark book that is packed full with unsuspecting twists. Scared to Death is a must read for the crime fiction fan or those who appreciate a solid mystery-thriller.

The action begins from the opening page in Scared to Death. The Richards, parents of kidnapped daughter Melanie, are on a desperate journey to get their daughter back. Answering the kidnapper’s call for ransom, the Richards produce the money they require. Sadly, their daughter is found dead, soon after the money has been deposited. Further investigations into the case reveal the poor girl was literally ‘scared to death’ by her attacker. Detective Kay Hunter is on watch at the time of this despicable murder and is put in charge of the case. Kay soon realises this is not a straight forward murder case, as the body count rises and complications come to the surface, relating directly to the case. Things are also about to take a turn for the very personal for Kay and her team, as they race to catch this killing fiend.

Scared to Death marks the first book in a new series, featuring the enigmatic female detective Kay Hunter. Amphlett has built a solid foundation in Scared to Death, paving the way to a compelling series, matched with an intriguing main protagonist. I do enjoy a thriller that places a strong female character at the helm and Amphlett succeeds in doing this in her latest novel. Amphlett manages to balance Kay’s personal life and career demands extremely well, all within a consuming plot.

Until I read Scared to Death, I had not read anything prior by the author, Rachel Amphlett. Her style of writing is very readable and has a strong sense of fluidity. The book is well structured and the sharp chapter style makes it impossible to put this book down. The plot is tight, producing many unseen twists and turns that compelled me to continue reading. Amphlett knows just how to tease her audience, I was definitely a prisoner of this book from the opening scene, to the final curtain. At the end, I reflected on the disturbing and thrilling chase Amphlett had taken me on. I also have to admit to being greedy, I wanted more from Amphlett! I’m going to be first in line for the next addition to this new series.

Scared to Death by Rachael Amphlett is an exciting new novel, as well as a fantastic series opener. Moving at a relentless pace, with an intensely dark plot, featuring a top notch female protagonist. I guarantee it will thrill and chill you to the bone. Scared to Death is a book that is best put in the hands of a seasoned thriller, crime, mystery or serial killer fiction fan.


Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett is to be published on 6th December 2016 by Saxon Publishing.

*I voluntarily received an Advance Reader Copy of this book

With thanks to the author, Rachel Amphlett, for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.

Check out more blogs taking part in the Scared to Death book tour:

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4 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett

  1. This sounds exactly like my type of reading. Love being chilled to the bone.
    Another gorgeous review, Amanda! Hope I can get to this book soon.

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  2. I’m sure you will enjoy this one Sue, it is definately a chilling thriller! It releases on 6th December. I was lucky to get an ARC ebook copy, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your last post on my Monday too. I enjoyed reading it, as always x


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