Will to live is the second book in the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. Its the follow up to the brilliant scared to death ,one of the best books i read last year.
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…
Reading about someone getting hit by a speeding train is not for the faint hearted or the weak stomached especially given the amount of detail the author goes into, but I’ve seen Game Of Thrones so i was fine with it.
Anyways it makes for an opening chapter that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and doesn’t let go until right at the end.
This is the second outing for kay hunter and her team and i’m delighted to report that its the exact opposite of a difficult second album.
Its a brilliantly written thriller that although gruesome in places is also very funny , theres a lot of slightly twisted cop humour in here.
Its no secret that I like police procedural stuff and I have to say that Kay Hunter, just 3 books in is already up there with the likes of Bosch , Banks and Rebus.
Like most novels of this type its the third act where things really go off , the last 50 pages in particular when Kay and the team are in hot pursuit of their suspect wouldn’t look out of place in a big budget TV show.
Will to live is shot through with twists and turns , as ever i tried to guess who was behind these murders, trying to guess who was sentencing people to death by commuter train and i failed completely.
In conclusion then will to live is brilliant second entry to a jewel of a new series that I hope to still be reading and enjoying many years from now.