I do love a good police thriller. And today I’m really happy to be hosting the blog tour for Rachel Amphlett’s new Detective Kay Hunter novel, One to Watch.
Disclosure: I received a copy of The One to Watch for review. The opinions below are my own and unbiased.
A murder is always shocking at any time. But when the victim is just sixteen years old, it’s even more of a shock. Detective Kay Hunter is called in to investigate the murder of 16 year old Sophie Whittaker, which happened at a private family party. But the more that she investigates, the more disturbing the murder becomes.
Sophie not only got engaged to her boyfriend at the party, she also made a controversial ‘purity pledge’. It’s basically a promise to remain ‘pure’ until her marriage, although her new fiance is not held to the same promise! But what her family didn’t know is that Sophie was already engaged to a secret boyfriend. Could one of them be the murderer? And then the post-mortem examination reveals yet another piece of surprising news…
Police procedural novels are definitely one of my favourite genres, and I really enjoyed One to Watch. It’s the third novel to feature Detective Kay Hunter, and Rachel Amphlett quickly brings the reader up to speed. You certainly don’t feel like you’re missing any vital information about the characters.
In Kay Hunter, Amphlett has created a character that is full of energy and courage. She also has the kind of weaknesses and foibles that make a character seem more three dimensional and realistic. I like that sort of character much more than the squeaky clean heroic type. Hunter has a lot of back story, and is battling her own personal problems as well as attempting to find Sophie’s murderer.
One to Watch has more twists and turns than a twisty thing. Every time I thought that I’d worked out the murderer, another piece of the puzzle proved me wrong. This novel is full of really unpleasant characters with dubious intentions. And to be honest I’d have been happy for the lot of them to be locked up!
When the murderer is finally revealed, and the full circumstances explained, it did come as a shock. I think that’s the mark of a good police procedural novel. You want to feel that you’ve been given enough information to give you chance to solve the crime. But the author needs to hold back some details so that the novel has a really good resolution!
The book also ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, because Kay Hunter’s personal problems aren’t over yet. That really whetted my appetite for the next book in the series.
You can certainly enjoy One to Watch as a standalone novel. But after reading this, I definitely intend to go back and read books one and two. This book is an excellent police thriller, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre. The fourth Kay Hunter novel, Hell to Pay, is out later this year and I am really looking forward to it.
Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.
Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside. A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.
Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.
One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller , and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series.
A tense and twisty novel with a really gripping resolution: 8/10