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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.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway's recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realizes the killer's timetable has changed, and she's running out of time to stop him....

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter - a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future....

©2017 Saxon Publishing (P)2017 Saxon Publishing

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The Truth Will Out!

I enjoyed listening to Will to Live, the 2nd in the author’s Detective Kay Hunter series. In this super chilling mystery, the plot is a unique one and imaginatively done, with chapters that are from the evildoer’s POV making it even more disturbing to hear his thoughts in his own inner creepy mind! Recent deaths on a mile long section of railway track, already known for its high rate of suicides, begin to look suspicious when a dog walker discovers a man tied down to the tracks- and it’s too late to stop the train. Hunter and her team do a deft job of digging back into recent ‘suicides’ to find links between those, while also investigating new deaths that start happening at an alarming rate! The author has written a great female lead- she is tough, not dysfunctional, a good leader and role model. I enjoyed the subplot of her investigation into who is setting her up at her own job. Read it and find out! Here we also see more of Hunter’s personal life- she has a great husband and refreshing to see a healthy relationship on the pages. Overall well done and I look forward to seeing the plots get even better as the series progresses! Alison Campbell is excellent narrating, as usual, and brings the tale to life. Recommended.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-20-17

Another great book for to Detective Kay Hunter

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was another great police detective thriller. As with the first one, it was gritty, realistic, and suspenseful. The author does a great job of continuing to develop the main character. The narrator also continues to do a great job of bringing this story to life. Well worth a credit, I will definitely be interested in book 3.

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Book 1 was good. Book 1 is even better.

Note: This is Book 2 in the series but works well as a stand alone.

I enjoyed Book 1 but I enjoyed this book just a tad more. I got to know more about Kay Hunter as a new series of murders keep her busy and her desire to find out who framed her for some missing evidence complicates her life. Kay is someone I would like to have a beer with and talk cop stuff.

The series of murders was interesting. It involved trains and possible suicides. It took Kay and her team some time to put it all together, to find the common thread that could lead them to the murderer. Kariss seems to be a bit competitive in this story. I think she has a deep need to prove herself and so she volunteers to help with everything and takes it personally when Kay takes one of the other young pups on an errand.

The side plot involving the missing evidence dates back to before the series even starts so don’t feel like you’re missing something from Book 1 over this because there was very little about it in Book 1. I was very glad to see that this little side string wasn’t dropped by the author. Kay, even though she’s past the professional work ethics inquiry, still has her own need to know who messed with that evidence and set her up. I can see how this little plot could develop into something big for a future book.

Over all, the plot is tighter and the characters more fully formed than in Book 1. Once again, the readers get little glimpses from inside the head of the killer without being given the name of the killer. So there’s a cat & mouse game element as we watch the good guys struggle to identify and capture the bad guys. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Alison Campbell does a pretty good job. She sounds like the perfect Kay Hunter – insightful, tough, determined. Her other female voices are well done. Sometimes her male voices blend together or sound like women. There’s no technical issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Will to Live

Suicide is never easy to accept; however, when families of suicide victims find out that their loved ones may have been murdered, what feelings would arise? How would you feel? Would it be any easier to accept that someone took their life against their will instead of themselves taking their own life? Amphlett has an intriguing second installment in her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series which will leave readers entertained and guessing for most of the story.

Detective Kay Hunter is on the case, yet again. A man, or rather his body parts, were found on the train tracks after a woman witnessed and attempted to free him. Appearing to be a suicide, the case closes faster than it opened. With a gut instinct and after hearing that the man plead for his life before he died, Detective Kay Hunter decides to dig further even though it could cause her career to be on the line. After more supposed suicides turn up, Hunter gets more support from her squad, allowing them to begin investigating friends, family and associates of the victims. What do all of these victims have in common? Why stage all on the train tracks to appear as suicides? Could Detective Hunter’s assessments get her into more danger than she realizes?

Amphlett has a great second installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Scared to Death. The character development is purposefully slow as to not give away the whole story-line right away, but the pace and flow are steady. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the second installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but their are hints and nods back to the first installment, called Scared to Death.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett.

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Catch that killer!

I absolutely love this series! Kay Hunter is a bad ass! She has so much going on with her life but she is still able to make great commitments to work and catch that murderer! I enjoyed the suspense of this one as people hadn’t connected the previous deaths to murder let alone a string of murders. It was fun to see how she would piece together everything to make an arrest! I always enjoy a good detective novel and it seems that Amphlett is excellent at writing them. I give the novel a 5/5 stars!

The narration by Campbell is great. I continue to enjoy her work with the characters and how she voices everything. She is good with tone and emotions in the story and pacing wise it’s not too fast or slow. Studio production wise it seems great as well. Nothing really to complain about here! Keep up the excellent work! I give it a 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Good mystery

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Will to Live is the second book in the Detective Kay Hunter series. I listened to the first book, Scared to Death and liked it so I was looking forward to listening to this book as well.

When a man is hit by a train, a witness tells the police that he was tied to the tracks. Detective Kay Hunter’s team starts investigating the murder and realizes that there were other deaths by train that were ruled suicides but were actually murders. Can the team catch the murderer before another death occurs?

I like Kay Hunter. She’s intelligent, strong, and dedicated. Her boss is difficult to work for but she knows what she’s doing. She’s also determined to prove that she was set up in the past when she almost lost her job.

Rachel Amphlett has a great writing style and the narrator does a good job with pace and enunciation.

Will to Live is a detective mystery with a good twist at the end. If you like crime fiction, this is a must read. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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Second book to a thrilling series

Among all the suicides occurred at the railway tracks, Kay discovers that some of them are in fact murders, and the murderer has an agenda. At the same time she is dealing with uncovering the truth over a past investigation that almost destroyed her reputation, and this will be more dangerous than she expected.

After devouring the previous book I was looking forward to this one. I found the main story a little bit less appealing than in the previous one, but it's all balanced because here Amphlett also focuses on what will be the series arc, and I found that part of the story much more intriguing. The book could be read as a standalone, but this piece of the story will get any reader invested. This subject was just mentioned in book one, but there was no development so this book would be valid to start the series. Not that I recommend it since book one was amazing.

The plot was rightly balanced between the story and the series arc, and there was a big twist towards the end, just when I thought the book was predictable!

We learn more details about the characters in this book, and some of the secondaries have started to grow on me. I have the feeling that this is going to be a very enjoyable series.

Alison Campbell brought again the characters to life, and delivered a clear and engaging narration that kept me hooked to the story. There were just a couple of audio edits that distracted me a little bit but nothing too noticeable, I'm just picky with these things having worked on audio and video editing.

I need to start the next book and see where Kay's story takes me. I predict this series to be one of the best this year.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Rachel Amphlett. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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No sophomore slump

4.5 stars

When a man is found murdered in one of the most frightening ways possible, Kay Hunter and her colleagues have a very difficult task to stop the killer before he…or she…strikes again but this person seems to always be several steps ahead. It doesn’t make things easier that a superior is less than helpful when he doesn’t believe Kay has sufficient reason for her requests but finding that nebulous connection between victims seems to be just out of reach. The deeper the team gets into the case, the more they begin to recognize that there is a very emotional element to the killer’s behavior as one murder after another piles up. The reader gets occasional glimpses into the murderer’s point of view, adding to the tension.

At the same time, Kay is well into an investigation of her own, trying to find out who is sabotaging her career, and the things she’s learning are alarming. When a colleague, Gavin, is attacked, Kay is sure the assault is linked to her activities and she and Adam, her very supportive husband, have to acknowledge that the stakes are higher than she thought. Should she let it rest or does she become even more determined to find out the truth?

Once again, Alison Campbell does a fine job with her narration and she certainly added to my enjoyment of the story and its various characters. I especially like that each voice is distinctive and clearly enunciated, even when deep emotions are at play.

Next up, Book #2, One to Watch, and I’m more than ready to jump in.

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Way better than first book!

Here we are in book 2 of the Detective Kay Hunter series, Will to Live. Rachel Amphlett really develops her characters and adds bit by bit to them as the series grows. We get to know more of the crew with Kay leading the way. Will to Live was a bit more suspenseful than the first book. There was quite a bit more gore added in too... I mean, can you get past that when your dealing with what seems to be railroad suicides. But something isn’t adding up and Kay is on the case with her coworkers.

My favorite part of this series , besides her adorable husband Adam, is the behind the scenes attack on her ethics, on her professionalism. She starts to research into what happened with her professional standards assessment. She might have been relieved of any wrongdoing but someone out there isn’t. This part kelp me in compulsion mode and I just had to know. However, the main case isn’t put to the side by this. Both are happening at the same time so Amphlett is kicking up my pulse and making me obsess over listening.

The narration by Alison Campbell was fantastic. She pulled off the feelings and the emotions so flawlessly. Kay Hunter is a strong female character and I think Campbell pulls it off. I really was impressed and could feel the tension not sure if it was the book or narrator but they certainly complimented each other. Perfect balance.

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Heart pounding excitement!

Alison Campbell is AH-MAZING! I had chills. My heart was racing. Blood rushing in my ears. WOW! Campbell is a fantastic job narrating Will to Live. She made me feel the adrenaline pumping in D.S. Kay's body.

Author Rachel Amphlett has created a bad a** heroine in Kay Hunter. I love everything about her! Hunter is tenacious, strong, brave, and stubborn. All excellent qualities for a detective. I was sucked into this story and felt the miriade emotions from all the characters. It's a diverse and well defined group.

The author and narrator combined really brought this story to life for me. I am immersed in the Detective Kay Hunter series. I cannot get enough. I highly recommend this book/audiobook for anyone who loves a fast paced, white knuckle, mystery.