Today I’m chuffed to bits to be sharing my review of Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett. This is the fourth instalment in the Kay Hunter series and my thanks go to Rachel and Emma Mitchell for the copy and the chance to be on the blog tour.
When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.
With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.
Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
Oh my goodness, I am so angry with myself at the moment. Not having read any of the Kay Hunter books but having them sitting waiting on my kindle I was determined to read them before Hell To Pay was released. I’ve seen so many good things written about this series I was really looking forward to getting stuck in and up to date. Sadly time slipped by and life got in the way and I found myself reading Hell To Pay before the others.
Thankfully though this can be read as a standalone and not once did I feel like I was missing anything. Phew.
Hell To Pay opens with Kay being dragged out of her bed to attend the scene of a car accident and what initially looks like a normal accident then turns into something much deeper and sinister. As the investigations opens up it looks like Kay is on the hunt for a serial killer who is exploiting vulnerable woman and the man behind those killings isn’t unfamiliar to Kay. This time she’s determined to catch this man and put him behind bars.
I immediately took a liking to Kay Hunter and as the story progressed she grew on me even more. It’s clear she’s had troubles in the past and the author gives you little snippets to what those troubles have been, it’s not rehashed though and gives you just enough details so you don’t feel lost and I have to say Kay has a strength about her and a determination in Hell To Pay. She’s quite a ballsy character but she has a much softer side and that can be seen when she’s with her boyfriend Adam who seemed lovely.
Hell To Pay is quite a fast paced story and at times I found myself flying through the pages so quick that if it had been a paper copy I fear it may have went on fire. Some times when reading a book there’s a bit of a lull in the story where everything slows down but this really kept my attention from start to finish. At some points I was biting my finger nails as the tension racked up.
There are some quite uncomfortable scenes in Hell To Pay but it’s been written brilliantly and you really get a sense of the fear and urgency this case requires. This really was a gripping story, filled with tension and suspense it really is a fantastic page turner that I will definitely recommend. I’m now really looking forward to catching up with the series and hopefully there will be many more Kay Hunter books to come.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter 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, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
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