Rachel Amphlett

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Tekijän teokset

Scared to Death (2016) 75 kappaletta
White Gold (2011) 57 kappaletta
Will to Live (2017) 40 kappaletta
One to Watch (2017) 24 kappaletta
Mistake Creek (2015) 22 kappaletta
Hell to Pay (2017) 17 kappaletta
Call to Arms (2018) 15 kappaletta
Under Fire (2013) 14 kappaletta
Gone to Ground (2018) 13 kappaletta
Look Closer (2015) 13 kappaletta
None the Wiser (2020) 10 kappaletta
Three Lives Down (2015) 8 kappaletta
Cradle to Grave (2019) 7 kappaletta
Bridge to Burn (2019) 6 kappaletta
Before Nightfall (2014) 6 kappaletta
The Friend Who Lied (2019) 6 kappaletta
Detective Kay Hunter: Books 1-3 (2017) 5 kappaletta
Turn to Dust (2020) 5 kappaletta
The Legacy Device (2016) 5 kappaletta
A Lethal Deception (2022) 4 kappaletta
Behind the Wire (2016) 3 kappaletta
Assassins Hunted (2018) 3 kappaletta
Assassins Vengeance (2018) 2 kappaletta
Blood on Snow (2020) 2 kappaletta
A Silent Truth (2022) 2 kappaletta
The Lost Boy (2021) 2 kappaletta
Her Final Hour (2020) 2 kappaletta
The dying season (2023) 1 kappale
The Reckoning 1 kappale
Stiller Tod (2019) 1 kappale
A Darker Place (2021) 1 kappale
Assassins Retribution (2018) 1 kappale
Nowhere to Run (2020) 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla




This review originally appeared on my blog at

Many thanks to author Rachel Amphlett for introducing me to this book!

It’s a fast paced action/romance about an executive who must undergo a hostage survival course before she can take a new job. The course leaves her a little scared, but confident that she will survive…..and who really wants to kidnap her, anyway? As the course draws to an end she finds herself developing feelings for one of the instructors. Finn is the quintessential man: hunky, brooding, strong, confident; but seemingly not that interested in Kate. She is whisked off to Istanbul before they can say a proper goodbye, and that ends any opportunity for a romance.

However, her boss is involved in some shady weapons dealing, and that proves to be trouble. One day she is taken in broad daylight, as an accident is staged and blood is shed. She must struggle to remember her training and stay alive, for her captors only care about one thing: obtaining parts for a massive weapon that is intended to be used in a terrorist attack.

Finn is called to help rescue Kate, and while he is secretly hoping to see her again and be her hero, he is also haunted by the memory of a previous rescue situation: one where he lost the hostage. He must put his feelings of self doubt aside and get the job done. There are surprises and double crosses he didn’t count on, and all the while the clock is ticking on Kate’s life.

I don’t usually read books that have to do with terrorism/kidnapping/Middle East/weaponry; so I did some thinking before I accepted this for review. I’m really glad I did! The emphasis is more on the relationships and the intrigue than heavy political drama. The atmosphere is gritty and authentic, with detail so vivid I felt as if I were chained to the wall alongside Kate. The plot twists kept me riveted and I felt invested in the whole Finn/Kate romance. Each character had sufficient backstory, and the suspense was perfectly created–I was drawn in and could not wait to see what was happening on the next page. Reading this was well worth my time.

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Amphlett has written other books in the thriller genre as well; be sure to visit her website and see if any will interest you.
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Merkitty asiattomaksi
kwskultety | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 4, 2023 |
This review originally appeared on my blog at
Thanks to the author for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review!

I loved this book! Chapter one was crazy intense, with plenty of action to set the tone of the story. Kay Hunter is a determined, capable woman with some job conflict in her past. The kidnapper is a sociopath on a mission, full of devious ways to murder his victims.

Amphlett knows how to grab the reader’s attention by using strong character development and by keeping the plot moving. There are never too many people clogging up the pages; I really struggle with books that require a scorecard to keep track of characters. I also love that she believes in a strong female lead. Hunter knows what she wants and she trusts her intuition, no matter how much others may think it incorrect.

Setting the crimes in an abandoned building warmed my heart. What creepier place could you find to make a victim consider her own death? I’m an urban explorer and could visualize the locations easily. What an excellent idea to use these places as a focus point for drama!

SCARED TO DEATH is a win on so many levels; I truly have nothing bad to say about this book. This is the type of story that you sit down to read and suddenly regret not having cleared your calendar prior to starting. The plots twists keep you guessing; even when the real kidnapper is identified, it’s never a guarantee that he will be captured.

Equal parts of suspense, humor, drama and action make this book one of the best ones I’ve read this year so far. The ending leaves the door wide open for the next book in the series to be awaited eagerly – I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens. I also have a theory about who caused the gun to go missing in her previous case – but I’ll keep that to myself and see what happens.
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Merkitty asiattomaksi
kwskultety | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2023 |
This review originally appeared on my blog at
Many thanks to the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review!

Rachel Amphlett is a master at starting a story off by grabbing your attention, and this one is no exception. A horrific murder takes place on the railroad tracks and intrepid detective Kay Hunter is tasked with finding the killer.

WILL TO LIVE has two strong female characters: Kay and her coworker/sidekick Carys. Together they support each other and race against the clock to find the murderer before he kills again. I’m happy to report that the killer’s identity was not evident until nearly the end; and there were some delightful red herrings and twists along the way.

I can’t recall many murder mysteries taking place in railway yards, so I’m giving kudos to Amphlett for creating suspense in a creative location There is always a great opportunity to make death by train gory, and those who like a bit of gore will not be disappointed.

This installment delves a little deeper into the secondary plot of Kay’s personal mission – she is trying to find out who removed evidence from a previous investigation, causing friction between her and DCI Larch,a superior officer. Some hints are dropped but that part of the plot doesn’t have a lot of forward motion, much to my chagrin. I really want to find out who the guilty party is!

Kay Hunter’s character is completely human, which makes the book a good read. One reason is that she is not one of those perfect cops that never make a mistake; plus she has stress and self-doubt and guilt. She also has people on her side, which tempers Larch’s dismissive and possibly abusive attitude towards her. I so cannot wait for him to get his comeuppance in a future book!

The only thing that I would question is the mention of “antidepressants” used to drug the victims. Without any drugs being named, I was hard pressed to figure out what drugs were being used that could cause a reaction like that. I’m certainly not an expert, but that was a small detail that seemed out of place to me. This could be entirely my ignorance and not the fault of the author. Otherwise, the story moved along at a rapid pace. The ending wrapped things up neatly, leaving me both satisfied and ready for another round with Kay.

Amphlett is a writer that I would always say yes to. Her style is polished and realistic without being overly heavy on either dialogue or description – it’s a perfect blend of both along with plenty of suspense. If you haven’t read any of her work I absolutely recommend it!
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Merkitty asiattomaksi
kwskultety | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 4, 2023 |
A police thriller with a sociopathic serial killer shouldn’t be boring. The plot was interesting enough, but nothing else really rises beyond serviceable: The characters are there to get the job done, the writing merely communicates the plot, and there were way too many pedestrian details that just slowed things down and contributed nothing.
Merkitty asiattomaksi
Charon07 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 4, 2023 |



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