- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Saxon Publishing (16 Nov. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0994547943
- ISBN-13: 978-0994547941
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hell to Pay: A Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller: Volume 4 (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series) Paperback – 16 Nov 2017
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If you have read any of the other books in this series then you will know what a fabulous series it is. This book is no exception. In fact I’d go so far as to say it is probably the best so far and one of the most dramatic. Brought in by her boss, DI Devon Sharp, to investigate when a young woman’s body is found in the boot of a recently crashed car, Kay has no idea how close this case will bring her to the people who set her up and the man who was set free as a result of key evidence going missing – Jozef Demiri. Now I don’t really want to go any further into the plot than that as this book really needs to be read by itself, and much of the action and investigation circles back to Demiri and the case which nearly cost Kay her career. I would say though, that this book should be read after you have read the first three in the series for key plot points, animosity and rivalries to make sense. It can be read as a stand alone, but you’ll enjoy it so much more if you understand what has happened before.
What I absolutely love about this series is the way in which Rachel Amphlett has created both character and setting. Set in Kent, she has made the most of not only the region’s proximity to London in terms of the kinds of characters you might expect to find in the area and the types of cases they could be investigating, but also of its expansive coastline, which in this case in particular plays a key role in the plotting. But it is the characters who really make these books come alive, from the dark and evil Demiri, through to Kay’s colleagues, such as the ever supportive DI Sharp or young and determined DC Barnes. Then there is DCI Larch, a man who seems to have it in for Kay and who she falls foul of once too often and a raft of other wonderful characters, new and old, some of whom you don’t quite trust while others you know that Kay would trust with her life. And then there is Kay herself and her partner, Adam. They all add their own kind of colour, light and shade even, to the story and make you invested in what happens, for both the good and the bad.
Perhaps the most important thing of all is that Kay Hunter is a person that a reader can really root for. Dealt a really unkind hand in her past, where others would crumble, she has merely grown and used the situation she finds herself in to fuel her quest for answers. She is not a walking cliché of character, even though she could easily have been written that way. And her relationship with Adam is absolutely brilliant, the pair perfectly suited to one another. It’s really good to see and you want Kay to find her answers if only so they can move on from such a torturous past. I absolutely love this pairing and I absolutely love Kay as a character. Long may the series continue.
As for this instalment, it is every bit as high energy, adrenalin pumping as its predecessors. There are moments of great peril, especially for Kay, and you wonder if it will even be possible for her to overcome all the forces which are acting against her. I could feel my skin crawling at times throughout, not always sure why, just having that niggling doubt about certain people, certain situations, which kept me on edge. Even then, I didn’t see the ending coming, certainly not expecting quite how it played out. This was a book which kept my attention from the off, and one short break to feed the animals aside, I didn’t put it down until I had finished.
Did the conclusion satisfy? Was it a fitting end to all of Kay’s struggles to find out why she was being targeted in such a way? You know what – it absolutely did and it absolutely was. There are some very minor questions to be answered, but I would love to know what the ending now means for Kay, and where Rachel Amphlett takes the series from here. This was such a large part of Kay’s story that it has to have an impact on all involved moving forward and I for one can’t wait to find out how.
This the forth book in the Kay Hunter story reveals a lot more about her past. Is there more to come? we must wait and hope.
I look forward to the next offering from this brilliant author.
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