What does TWG think?Stepping out of my comfort zone yet again today as I review Rachel Amphlett’s, Will To Live. Will To Live is the second book in the Kay Hunter series, and whilst it can be read as a standalone, if detective series aren’t your usual ‘go to’ genre, it might be beneficial to read book one first so that you’re introduced to Kay Hunter properly. I didn’t read the first book in the series, Scared To Death, and I am kicking myself. Detective style novels aren’t my usual genre, I’ll admit that, yet Rachel’s new novel intrigued me as I had seen it SO many times on social media. I just wish that I had read her first novel before this one so that I didn’t feel as though I was walking into a conversation half way, as it were.
‘Will To Live’ took me by surprise on more than one occasion. Not only does the storyline come across ‘tame’ to begin with, the gradual unfolding of nitty and gritty circumstances was a much welcome surprise. Although the descriptions of some of the deaths did make me feel a little bit queasy! Gruesome yet realistically written. If a death didn’t have an edge of gruesomeness to it in a police procedural novel, is it even worth writing it into the storyline? Luckily for Rachel Amphlett, she gets top marks from me for keeping the stomach churning events incredibly realistic. That said, I know it’s Kay Hunter’s job to be in the firing line, so to speak, in regards to deaths, suicide attempts and so on, finding those victims in that state and then having to deal with the aftermath must have been awful.
Compared to other detective style novels which I have read, Kay Hunter doesn’t seem to be lacking in her work ethic. She is incredibly feisty and fair yet she comes across as one of us. Thanks to T.V and the way crime scenes are portrayed, I just assumed that detectives/constables were made of stone and empathy wasn’t one of their go to emotions. Rachel Amphlett’s main character, Kay Hunter, completely blew my assumption out of the window (in a good way).
Reading Ms.Amphlett’s novel was quite similar to being on a rollercoaster ride, multiple times. There always seemed to be something going on in the storyline whether that was to do with an investigation or personal feelings, there was no let up or slow moments in the entire storyline. Well, I didn’t think so anyway. Even though I enjoyed the fast storyline, the chilling circumstances and a bulshy natured main character, I do feel as though I missed out on something by not reading the first book.
‘Will To Live’ kept me on my toes, and had me on the edge of my seat to the point of falling off and landing on the floor. No joke. Even though I stepped out of my comfort zone with one giant leap for….woman kind, there is something about this storyline and Kay Hunter, that has left me hungry for more. I never thought I would say that, but hats off to Rachel Amphlett for writing a novel to keep me interested enough to want more. I will be backtracking in the series before the next book (if there is one!), I refuse to miss out on any more of Rachel Amphlett’s nerve wracking, suspenseful and shocking storylines. A nice change from my usual read, Will To Live has left me wanting more. I may be hooked but shhhhh!!!
Thank you Rachel Amphlett & E.Mitchell
Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett will be released on the 4th April 2017, where it will also be available to purchase on Amazon (no link at present), as well as the two links below.
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