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‘Scared To Death’ by Rachel Amphlett

SCARED TO DEATH‘ (Detective Kay Hunter #1) by RACHEL AMPHLETT

Cover Image of 'Sacred To Death' by Rachel AmphlettYvonne Richards grasped the notepaper in her hands, the page creased within her grip. The writing had been scrawled in haste, slipping over the faint blue lines that intersected the sheet.

‘Tony? Hurry.’

‘I’m going as fast as I can,’ he said, through gritted teeth.

The retort brought tears to her eyes as he cleared his throat.

‘What’s the name of the street again?’

She lifted her thumb off the paper, noticing the warmth from her skin had blurred the ink, and squinted at the handwriting.

‘Innovation Way.’

She lifted the notepaper from where her hand had been resting on her leg, and peered at it once more. Tony’s writing was appalling at the best of times, but now she struggled to read it. The writing had deteriorated because his hands had been shaking so much when he’d heard the caller’s voice….

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  • It certainly gets off to a tense, exciting start! There’s no doubt I’d want to read more, especially after looking back at your earlier post to refresh myself on the premise.

    I’ve recently begun “The Lake House” by Kate Morton. The first paragraph takes place in Cornwall, August 1933.
    “The rain was heavy now and the hem of her dress was splattered with mud. She’d have to hide it afterwards; no one could know that she’d been out.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Kidnapping and murder, but not by the same person – that’s definitely tense. Add in a seriel killer and you have exciting for sure.

      I wonder where this couple fits into the equation, but they are certainly rattled by something and I am wondering what would take them to an address they didn’t know.
      I have all the Kate Morton books on my ‘Want To Read’ list, so no surprises there! Although the only one I have actually read is ‘The House At Riverton’, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Cornwall is one of my favourite places to go, the coastline is amazing, so I just know I would love ‘The Lake House’ and I hope that you do too 🙂

    • Hi Violet,

      It certainly sounds as though the phone call held anything but good news !

      The book is still a couple of places down my reading list, but it is one of those stories which is making me eager to get reading – I do love a good crime / psychological thriller.

      Thanks for stopping by, we haven’t chatted for what seems like an age, it is good to catch up 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      This is the first book in a new series and I have yet to discover whether the storylines are more intense and the characters a little deeper, as this cover art has definitely been ratcheted up a bit when compared to books from her previous series.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it and hope that you have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      I should think that the cover art definitely makes an eye-catching statement on the shelf of the book shop!

      I wouldn’t be giving too much away, if I were to reveal that the first body is found in an abandoned biosciences building, so I am assuming that this is where the long corridor shown on the cover is located.

      I hate long corridors like this, especially when they are in hospital buildings, which is so often the case, here in the UK. The lighting is always energy saving and dim and coming face to face with a white coated doctor at a junction or corner, always scares me half to death!

      I always think of a film I watched as a youngster ‘Coma’, which was an adaptation of a book of the same name by author Robin Cook. I can just remember someone being chased down a series of abandoned hospital corridors and that memory has never left me.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      When I first started writing down the opening few lines, I must admit I wasn’t exactly enthralled and instantly hooked. However, once I got down to the part where the tension of the situation was described as ‘sweaty skin and shaking hands’, I realised there was more to the words than I had at first thought and I started to link the opening words with the excellent premise and atmospheric cover art, to get an overall feel for the potential of this great storyline.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that all is well with you and that you have enjoyed some good reads yourself lately 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Rachel has been recieving some amazing reviews and ratings, many of which have commented on her perceptive insight into the psyche of a seriel killer, together with her excellent descriptive writing and story building skills.

      Any storyline which involves the kidnapping and death of children is always going to be an intense and emotional read for me, however if the telling of the story is handled sympathetically, then the suspense neutralises any issues I may have.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I hope that your week has been good so far and ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ for Thursday 🙂

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