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‘Will To Live’ by Rachel Amphlett
First Lines / Book Beginnings


‘WILL TO LIVE'(Detective Kay Hunter #2)


Elsa Flanagan cursed under her breath and slapped the side of the torch against the palm of her hand.

The beam wavered before it flickered back to life and she exhaled, releasing some of the tension from her shoulders.

She’d told Dennis to change the batteries the previous evening when he’d returned from the pub, the dog carrying a faint scent of cigarette smoke from where his owner had passed the time with his friends in the small undercover shelter to the side of the fourteenth-century tavern.

He’d obviously forgotten all about the batteries after several pints of real ale, and now she was traipsing across the pitch black field with Smokey, praying the beam held out long enough for her to let the dog have a quick trot around before she headed home for the evening.

Early spring, and the air was laden with a freshness, the countryside beginning to waken from its winter slumber.

She’d spent the afternoon in the garden, pulling out all the old and rotten vegetation, the roses receiving a vicious pruning, and the flowerbeds prepped and ready for the first burst of daffodils.


Cover Image Of Book 'Will To Live' By Rachel AmphlettReputation 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 realises 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 realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him… 


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  • While I find it interesting enough, it’s not really one that grabs me right off. It’s the question of whether the batteries will hold out that would keep me reading on.

    Wondering if Elsa will be a casualty or stumble upon one in the darkness…

    • I don’t know if I prefer there to be a body / murder in the opening few lines, which would obviously grab me and pull me straight in; or lines such as these, which are purely scene setting and whilst you might think you know what is going to happen next, you are kept in suspense for just those few more pages!

      Whilst I always enjoy sharing my opening lines, personally I probably wouldn’t be too influenced by them when choosing a book. I’m not one of these people who insist on checking out random excerpts from a book before deciding whether or not to read it. Usually the premise is enough on its own, with perhaps the cover art then coming to bear on the decision too!

      Have a good weekend and Happy Reading 🙂

  • Hmm, whilst the premise appeals, I’m not convinced that this beginning does anything for me. . HOWEVER having just suffered an unexpected seven hour power cut on Tuesday I’d have to read it if only for the coincidence.

    • I wouldn’t fancy the idea of being out in a pitch black field without a working torch. The same way as you can never find a torch in the house when you have those unexpected power cuts and there are no storms around!

      Having read the first book in this now, six part series, I have to say, that the lack of action in the opening lines, wouldn’t trouble me, as everything is in the anticipation. It doesn’t take long for the action to kick in and then it’s a non-stop rollercoaster ride to the end!

      Thanks for stopping by and I do hope that you decide to get involved in this series 🙂

    • I’m not sure that serial murderers have a fear as such, but I do wonder whether they carry on with their reign of terror, in the hope and anticipation that one day they will get caught!

      Thanks for the interesting comment, which changed my perspective on the premise.

      Have a good weekend and Happy Reading 🙂

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