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#GuestReviewer @BookwormDH Dave Hardy #Reviews #ScaredToDeath by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

Good evening lovelies! Handing you over to Dave tonight with his review of Rachel Amphlett’s Scared to Death.

Here’s the blurb . . .

scared-to-death-cover-ebook-largeA 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…

Dave’s thoughts . . .

What an excellent way to be introduced to Rachel Amphlett, the start of a new series with a new detective, Detective Kay Hunter. 

This book certainly grabs your attention and it’s straight into the thick of things after the first chapter. It’s a generously paced read from then on, and the frequent short chapters kept me reading and reading, very curious about the excellent plot. I’m sure if I’d had the time, I could of finished this in one sitting. 

Primarily, this book is an excellent police procedural and is delivered brilliantly, but there is a serious, twisted and sinister killer at large, which gives this read a bit more edginess making it quite thrilling and very dark in parts.

I found the characters okay, the usual suspects of a police investigation team. I can envisage they will become more developed as the series progresses, but Detective Kay Hunter has all the credentials of an excellent new character. 

This is a great, energised and promising new series. It ticked most boxes for me. Brilliant read and a big recommendation.

4/5 Stars

You can get your copy over at Amazon UK

About the author . . .

authorRachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

You can keep in touch with Rachel by signing up to her mailing list via her website (, or via Facebook ( and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

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