- Author: Rachel Amphlett
- Published: April 2017 by Saxon Publishing
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review, Reading.
Reputation is everything.
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.
Elsa Flanagan and her husband, Dennis, usually walked their dog together in he evening. This particular night though, Dennis was delayed in traffic after an accident on the motorway. Elsa was in two minds whether or not to go by herself, but the dog was old and she knew she’d be up with him during the night if she didn’t. She had no idea of the imminent horror she was about to witness as she heard someone shout for help. A brilliantly tense opening chapter.
Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter arrived at the scene with DC Carys Miles, as per the request from the transport police for two officers to attend. Initially a suspected suicide, it soon became apparent they were actually dealing with a very callous murder. This prompts Kay and her team to look into other recent cases of apparent suicide. A pattern is emerging and when a second murder occurs the race is on to find the killer before he strikes again.
Kay turned her attention back to the files, sorting them into trays next to her computer. No matter is she now had a murder case to solve, she would still have to try to stay on top of the myriad of crimes that needed to be followed up and processed. Nobody else was available.
Rachel Amphlett has created a cast of engaging characters. There’s a great rapport between Kay and the team, although the Professional Standards investigation she’d been subjected to has cast a cloud of unease and suspicion. Kay is still desperate to find out the truth and needs to know who is waging a campaign against her. Although her innocence was proven DCI Larch blocked any attempt for promotion and continues to question her ability.
Her hunger for justice hadn’t waned since she was cleared of any wrongdoing, nor had her determination to find out who had set her up, removing vital evidence from a locked room and blaming her, and sending her career and health into free fall.
Getting an insight into both sides of Kay’s persona, work and private life with her partner, veterinarian Adam, adds reality and depth to the story. I love the way Adam’s work is included, with the animals he brings home to keep an eye on. Last time it was a snake, now we have a Great Dane about to whelp.
A fast paced and gripping story which touches on the sensitive subjects of suicide and depression. The developing investigation is detailed and authentic, the writing easy and natural. The murderer’s weapon of choice is novel (and messy), to say the least. Kay Hunter makes an excellent protagonist, all the secondary characters add to the mix and are believable. Looking forward to book three.
About Rachel Amphlett
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Lee Child, James Patterson, and Chris Chibnall.
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.
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.