Audiobook Review | “Scared to Death” (Book One: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

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Acquired Audiobook By: I started to listen to audiobooks in [2016] as a way to offset my readings of print books whilst noting there was a rumour about how audiobooks could help curb chronic migraines as you are switching up how your reading rather than allowing only one format to be your bookish choice. As I found colouring and knitting agreeable companions to listening to audiobooks, I have embarked on a new chapter of my reading life where I spend time outside of print editions of the stories I love reading and exchange them for audio versions. Through hosting for the Audiobookworm I’ve expanded my knowledge of authors who are producing audio versions of their stories whilst finding podcasters who are sharing their bookish lives through pods (ie. AudioShelf and Talking Audiobooks; see my sidebar). Meanwhile, I am also curating my own wanderings in audio via my local library who uses Overdrive for their digital audiobook catalogue whilst making purchase requests for audio CDs. It is a wonderful new journey and one I enjoy sharing – I am hoping to expand the percentage of how many audios I listen to per year starting in 2018.

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of “Scared to Death” via Audiobookworm Promotions who is working directly with the author Rachel Amphlett in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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What initially prompted me to listen to Scared to Death & why I loved it:

I became keen on Police Procedurals in my twenties – those were the years where I watched all the Law & Order series on television – where my preference was for the Original series and Criminal Intent.  I also watched a heap of NCIS – including getting caught up inside the spin-offs, but it’s the Original series which captured my heart – all because of Mark Harmon, as it was his character of Gibbs who truly anchoured me into the series overall. The ensemble cast was impressively connected – they had a chemistry of connection you love to find in a tight knit series such as this one.

As I was listening to Scared to Death, there were overtures of NCIS within how it was being written whilst the details of what make this a hard-boiled crime drama also echoed those memories of watching NCIS and feeling as if the series was pushing me to the very edge of where I could go with a crime drama. There is a certain layer of intensity I can handle and then, if it goes too far afield from there, I tend to pull back and seek lighter faire. I always knew NCIS was at the height of what I could appreciate whilst Criminal Intent on the opposite end of the spectrum was also winning the top spot for it’s own unique styling of how you shift focus from the crimes to the law and to the police in tandem.

Generally speaking, I do not oft seek out the harder hitting Suspense & Thrillers as I can only take so much visually – generally erring on caution as I am a sensitive hearted reader. Ergo, when I learnt about this series, there was a particular reviewer who was commenting about the aspects of it’s center core – of what is inclusive and what isn’t – of course, this is subjective per each reader, but something made me think perhaps this series was one I not only could handle but perhaps, one I would enjoy listening too.

From the very first moment I started listening to the narrating styling of Ms Campbell, I knew I had made a good choice – even if I knew going in – I was going to re-examine my ‘live on the edge of my seat’ listening experience such as the ones I had during NCIS – I was game for a dramatic crime series such as this one due to series I have been appreciating through Seventh Street Press. (ie. Hiro Hattori, Marjorie Trumaine, Anna Blanc and Samuel Craddock respectively – all of which you’ll happily find on my blog)Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com

Audiobook Review | “Scared to Death” (Book One: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison CampbellScared to Death
by Rachel Amphlett
Source: Audiobook via Audiobookworm Promotions
Narrator: Alison Campbell

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully."

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

With her career in jeopardy - desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay's hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun....

Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter - a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future....

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson's DCI Banks series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett's new detective novels today.

Places to find the book:

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ASIN: B076127JBZ

Also by this author: Will to Live, One to Watch, Hell to Pay, Call to Arms, Author Inteview: Rachel Amphlett (Gone to Ground), Gone to Ground, Bridge to Burn, Cradle to Grave

Also in this series: Will to Live, One to Watch, Hell to Pay, Call to Arms, Gone to Ground, Bridge to Burn, Cradle to Grave


Genres: Crime Fiction, Hard-Boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Thriller


Published by Saxon Publishing

on 2nd October, 2017

Format: Audiobook | Digital

Length: 8 hours, 27 minutes (unabridged)

Published by: Saxon Publishing

Order of the Kay Hunter Detective series:
Scared to Death | Book One
Will to Live | Book Two | Synopsis
One to Watch | Book Three | Synopsis
Hell to Pay | Book Four | Synopsis
Call to Arms | Book Five | Synopsis

About Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlettt

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

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my review of scared to death:

Your heart is clutched in your throat as soon as you enter into the horror of their lives – two parents are madly driving off to the location they frantically jotted down in a desperate search for their daughter – as they argue about directions and which turn is which – you grow more anxious by the second as their car increases speed to shorten the distance from her to them. You feel their anxiety, you worry your own nerves won’t hold out nor will theirs as they inch closer to arriving.

There is exasperation in their voices – hitched with emotions and the gnawing sense they won’t be able to find her – as they struggle to even decipher their own handwriting – as the directions were scratched out in such panic and nervousness they couldn’t quite trust their own conception of what they were told. The mother’s heart is vacillating through the fear of what could have happened to Melanie and the circumstances which led up to their separation before they had travelled without her joining them. After they arrived back home, they felt she was rebellious not missing – of staying out later than they would feel comfortable allowing.

As the overlay viewing of their flashbacks merge with their destination blooming in front of their eyes – the emotional collapse they were both on the fringe of spiralling into was closer now that they saw where Melanie was meant to be found. This isn’t the kind of place you’d want to visit, not in the light of day or the harshness of night – it was a falling down industrial park – where a former laboratory was once located. Melanie’s Mum gave the impression there were several issues within her marriage and with her daughter, Melanie – things which are not entirely etched out for our purview in the opening bridge but of which are hinted about as being drawn out further along into the story.

Their voices are strained – their patience with each other long gone – as they attempted to sort out where they are and what they are doing – they plough into the building not being careful about what they touch or where they walk – even if Melanie’s Mum had mentioned that might be a better option. She was mindful of Forensics but Melanie’s father was also rightly strong in his opinion of finding Melanie right then and now was far more important than securing a scene.

Your assaulted by the visual decay, of how this building had rendered itself back to its prickled ruin – where only scant animals which could survive in such an environment might be found amuck inside it. You almost could hear them crunching through this wrecked lab whilst their emotions roared into a thundering anxious moment of doubt – of realising how real this emergency would try their faith and understanding of how quickly a life could be altered.

Your growing desperate yourself just to get to the moment where the revelation is known – of what has become of Melanie. Your caught in their taut net of emotional despair – as the narrator punctuates her performance with such a fast pace of delivery, you haven’t time for second thoughts – your rooted to the seconds ticking off in step with the parents’ foot-steps. Your not fully prepared for what they find – as their reaction makes you gasp even if anything remotely hopeful about their plight was seemingly impossible – your still not prepared for what they see – as the writer and narrator expertly have tethered you directly into their thoughts, their feelings and the anxiety of losing a child.

Kay Hunter and her partner are sent to the scene to launch their investigation before the full team meets to decide how best to approach seeking out the clues and back-histories of the family connected to the victim. Hunter is a seasoned investigator – especially noted in the ways in which she approaches the crime scene. She has a humbled approach – of what she understands of the crime but also, of how the parents would be affected of such guttingly brutal realisations that they were too late to effectively change the outcome. She took her job seriously – even if she knew some of the choices the parents had made on scene might muddle some of their efforts, she had a take-charge attitude which asserts her command. Still, she keeps her humanity by how she approaches those involved in such cases – she allows them to talk in their own timing, of finding their words and to give them a bit of a pause to recollect themselves as they process what is currently too hard to even consider being real.

Hunter starts to piece together the pieces of the missing bits of information – from what the parents knew of their daughter’s fate and of what could be the reasons for what happened to Melanie. She was already trying to profile the person responsible but at the same time was trying to sort out if the parents themselves could have had a more active role as well. She kept her voice calm and steadying – this in of itself seemed to have a positive effect on Melanie’s Mum. As she was able in turn to respond with levelled responses.

In those initial moments of their conversation, Hunter was surprised by the demands as they didn’t seem to run concurrent to similar cases – there were such stark differences you gathered the feeling she was flagging this case as being uniquely separate from others she might have worked previously. The accuracy of the Mum’s disclosures were helpful to Hunter even if the sheer weight of her remorse and regret over failing to be her daughter’s rescuer was still tightly omnipresent in her voice.

Then, in the midst of all the chaos of an active crime scene, a second tragedy starts to unravel – it almost felt too overwhelming for one mother to filter through the rest of her emotions already brimming over with such severity of intensity – you could see how she could have a break-down of her own. As Hunter reacts to what is presented in front of her – you can see how dedicated she is to saving lives even if she has the unfortunately duty of having to do everything she does with little reward of succeeding when it isn’t in the cards for a hopeful ending.

Once Hunter had secured the scene in regards to the parents, she went down to rights about how to investigate the crime itself. This meant the proper precautions of what to wear in-scene and how to process the scene itself – from what she could observe of it, in a similar vein as Melanie’s parents but with the overlaying effect of a keen investigator who could see past the grim and elder age of the building – giving her mind the time it needed to see past the surface of the scene, sorting out how to root out the culprit and see what they might have seen instead.

There is a bit of tech found on the scene – something which presumes to give a small clue into the person they were going to be looking for and what this might say about them. The technical bits reminded me of CSI: Cyber as it involved portable tech which could be used remotely. This bit of tech would have an overshadow of who was responsible and what this left behind evidence would tell Hunter as the case proceeded. Sometimes it only takes a small clue to reveal the most about an investigation.

Kay’s boss matches his team not based on senior experience but places those he feels are good fits for each other to be working partners. He also had the unfortunate news to give Kay full notice of having someone looking over her shoulder every step of her investigation – almost as if IA (internal affairs) was going to hedge their bet against any issues which might prop themselves up suddenly in the middle of their investigation. A way to nip a problem ahead of it’s arrival in other words. Or in regards to Kay directly – a measure of anxiety to remind her of how fragile her position truly was with the police force as this had a foreshadow of previous issues within her department and career.

I liked Debbie quite instantly – as she isn’t as harried as Kay, but she has a sharp mind about her – their two strong female investigators who believe in their abilities and attempt to do their jobs well; at least as well as they can given what they find and what they can root out in their procedures of following the evidence.

As the team assembled (and even a bit before it) there were more than a few moments where I was reminded about why I love ensemble casts who investigate – such as NCIS (and the two spin-offs) wherein everyone has to trust the other to get to the bones of what built the case from the start to it’s horrid ending. Each of them had their own particular sub-assignments as they went about investigating Melanie’s case from different points of entry – by separating the case into different sub-teams, they could get more accomplished than by going about it in a slower manner of assessment.

They started off by theories and then, went back to basics to chase down the obvious routes of how information could be sought – from investigating the family themself, Melanie’s school life and of course, back-tracing the tech they found on scene whilst awaiting the Forensics report in full to see what it would yield. In this way, you get to see how the team processes what they had observed and what they concluded by their deductions. In this way, it was a study in differences and similarities between two countries and how their procedures lead them forward in investigations.

I loved how they talked out the time-line and tried to see it from different points of entrance – in an effort to see where the pieces of the time-line intersected and dis-aligned (if at all) to better understand what became of Melanie but also, in an effort to start back-tracing her parents’ actions after they returnt home.

Intersecting with the investigation, we get to peer into Kay’s personal life – such as the waves of emotional flashbacks re-settling over her heart and mind as she walked into the hospital to visit with Melanie’s Mum after she had been hospitalised so soon after having lost more than any mother should bear. It was a moment of disclosure where Kay remembered the hardship of losing a child and how her miscarriage had created a medical emergency where she felt she could have lost the chance to being with her husband Adam and him with her. It was a period of inconsolable grief whether neither husband nor wife had fully felt they had moved on.

We shift perspectives and observe the person who took Melanie’s life. This was an interesting choice of view, as we are now starting to follow the investigation from both inside the police side of it and outside of what they knew of the events from the responsible party themselves. It was quite chilling to feel this closely connected to this side of it – reminding me of why watching Criminal Intent was sometimes a bit too intense to watch as it truly dug in deep into Criminology and Criminal Psychology. I felt this was a passion of focus Ms Amphlett shared with those writers as she under-wrote such a hearty thread of realism where you felt you were following detectives IRL.

Kay’s relationship with her husband – he works as an on-demand Vet who was constantly on-call and available; is a bit of a dodge of conflicting hours as they rarely were home at the same time. Their schedules did not oft align to where they could spend a lot of time together in other words. Their relationship was affected by their past anguish but they were still very much in love and supportive of each other. He trusted she could handle what the job would entail even if he wished he could do more – except he couldn’t know the details – yet even without knowing everything, he found small ways of letting Kay know he was supporting her as best she could. Of course on the other hand, he did have the tendency of bringing his ‘job’ home – such as how they ended up with a snake in their kitchen!

Sid (the snake) gave me a fit of giggles! I also agreed with Kay – frozen mice is enough to scream over if the sight of the snake wasn’t alarm enough on the counter! This was a bit of cheeky humour inserted at just the right interval to give you a pause in the lurching realisation this Thriller was going to get trickier the further we approached the back half of the novel.

The killer had secrets he kept from his co-workers but also from his mother with whom he shared a residence. You could read between what he wasn’t saying to understand he hadn’t had it easy in his life. Though what would have caused him to tap into the darker undershades of his own humanity is unknown. He had a publicity complex though which frazzled his resolve. His back-history of abuse included being mercilessly bullied – this part of his past was re-visited lateron in his life which led to his villainous tendencies. Kay Hunter and her team were correct in thinking this was about revenge but who it applied to and the reasons why this was a personal affront would take time to sort out.

One thing you observe as we follow Hunter through her investigation is how each trace of evidence takes time to follow through and to gain first-person knowledge of what the evidence had suggested initially. For every clue there are more questions (as per usual) and more leg work to be chased down due to how many paths the case was eroding into disappearing down.

As we observed Melanie’s friends as they spoke about Melanie, an image of her not as lily white as one would presume became clearer, this combined with the fact she was a school bully painted her in a different ray of light. It is this interesting twist which proved to be most telling in the end. I hadn’t quite pulled the pieces together myself to reveal where Ms Amphlett had us heading – but there was a part of me which questioned if somehow this bit of revelation might have a more sustainable component of what caused her fate.

It is a tell-tale sign there is something amiss when you can see there is OCD behaviour happening in the background of someone’s life where every item in their dwelling is in perfect order yet the obvious hardships spinning out of an onset of tragedy should have left the house in disarray. Such is the condition of Melanie’s house – where everything had flipped on it’s head where her Mum had aged a century but where the homey feeling had been replaced with a clinical sterileness.

As the news bulletin was released to the general public, we re-align with the killer’s POV as his path and the Hunter’s were still absent of a co-emergence of passageways. It is around this time we start to learn more about Ely and Nelson who was a willing partner but with a delayed conscience. These are just shadows of themselves – you only get small glimpses into who they are before the scene fades and shifts back to the police. These glimpses though hold water towards understanding their motives even if the truer truth of it all is not fully revealled til the bitter end.

Sometimes a red herring can be a complicated web unto itself! At least, this is how Ms Amphlett threw a few wenches into the wheel as we were trying to sort out the threads of this Thriller! I personally loved how just when I felt I understood everything – another vein of thought emerged which took me down another path. I had no idea the ending was going to produce the revelations it did nor of how complicated the ending truly would become as I felt a lot of groundwork had been covered in regards to the interested parties involved. This proves how well in-tune Ms Amphlett was at keeping our curiosity piqued!

Little pieces started to add into a puzzle which gave Kay a sense not everything can be easily explained away based on the evidence which had been provided as the main reasons behind the crime. Barnes and Kay make a wicked good interviewing team – reminding me of Gibbs and his team on NCIS. Sharpe is a good man and someone you want in your pocket as Kay soon realised herself. Kay and Adam share such tender moments as husband and wife – having survived one of the worst medical crises a couple could endure they truly have a balanced life – even if their relationship had felt distant in recent years.

I was so happy to see the story fade out whilst tucking back into the personal life of Kay Hunter. It brought everything back to rights – as this was a series centred on her and specifically on her life both professionally and privately. The chilling aspects of the story are fighting for this genre but more to the point, it’s intellectual crafting of how it was told which held me suspended in it’s throes until the very last scene! Quite literally, I wasn’t sure if I ought to have laughed outright or felt the terror Kay had in that particular moment!

Note on Content: Strong language & Certain Visuals

There isn’t an overtly inclusive issue with the language being used – after all this is a police procedural novel based on the intensive lives of those on the front lives fighting crime. All the words used had their heated measure of relevance and were aptly inserted at a moment which honestly felt like saying something less in strength might not have been as realistic as hearing the stronger one in preference. Therefore, I didn’t have any issues with the language choices – as these detectives work hard shifts, long hours and have a gruelling dedication to sort out the lives of their victims. They deserve full credit for how they can find any measure of joy in their personal lives whilst they’re focusing on the welfare of their communities.

There are a few instances of visuals which jolted me here or there, but blessedly it wasn’t the kind of scenes I thought would scare me past the point of being able to stay within the story itself. I was half afraid of finding something inside this Thriller which would be too disturbing to recover from as a lot of similar stories go too far – I was thankful my intention research into wanting to read this series so far was holding true. You can get a thrilling story but without the after effects of the severity of where other stories take you. This one was blessedly writ from a keen psychological perspective and I am thankful for it!

on the thrilling style of ms amphlett:

The minute details of police procedurals, crime scene investigations and the actions of all of the characters each in turn of each other is a special feast for the reader – as all of these details add to the layering of how the audiobook is being narrated. You are happily so well in-tune with the visual aspects of this story as it unfolds as to feel like you’ve stepped through the pages and have entered each of the character’s souls. You feel and think just as they are whilst they are going through the motions of where each of their roles takes them. It’s a very intimate layering effect – as the human condition is dissected and re-affirmed through how Ms Amphlett gives her characters’ the freedoms to be raw and authentically honest as you would expect to find them if you had arrived on scene yourself.

I had an absolute kick of delight out of the Briticisms included in the narrative and dialogue. Almost had a right proper new guide to Contemporary British English as a lot of the words and phrases were new to my ears! I delighted in this discovery as I love British English – so this gave me new insight into how things are said in present day whilst finding a bit of humour in the differences between their spoken language and my American version (as it always gives me a bit of a chuckle how similar we are yet how very different at the same time).

One of my favourite takeaway phrases was “chase it up”.

I have a lot of praise for Ms Amphlett threading through this review but it was her tenacity for truism for the way in which she crafted this Thriller I wanted to make a special note about as she truly fused real-life methodology with a fictional crime in such an expert way of execution you simply could not forsake the time you had within it’s chapters! She pulls you in immediately as she’s mastered the heart-connection of giving an emotional layer of empathy between her readers and her lead investigator, Kay Hunter. This is pivotal not just for a Thrilling Crime Drama but for all stories as it lends itself a better route towards securing your attention for the long-term.

I was fascinated by finding the ‘science’ within Criminology being inclusive to the story-line but also, the layers of how Forensic Science played a crucial role as well. Even Forensic Psychology could be rooted out by how well she utilised her research into the background of the narrative and of the pacing of all the disclosures along the route of where the investigation turnt perspectives on the criminal minds behind the scenes. In short, she’s one writer to keep a keen eye out for future stories and series – she has a convicting way of alighting you into her character’s lives and once you feel that connection taking root in your own heart and mind, it’s an experience you want to keep repeating!

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specifically in regards to the audiobook:

As I am relatively new to reviewing audiobooks and listening to them with a greater frequency than of the past, I am appreciative of Ms Jess providing a cursory outline of how best to articulate my listening hours on behalf of this audiobook and the others I shall be blogging about or reviewing in future. I’ve modified the suggestions to what I felt were pertinent to respond too on my own behalf as well as keeping to the questions I felt were relevant to share.

Number of Times I’ve heard the Narrator(s):

This is my first time listening to Alison Campbell – she truly grabbed my attention from the very first sentence of the first chapter – she has a captive presence as a narrator who endears you to hold yourself still whilst you listen to what she is telling you about the story. It is an intriguing style of being able to fuse you directly into the heart of the series before you even realise what will evolve forward for the characters – both the detective and the victims alike.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Kay Hunter: I was immediately attached to Kay; she has such a strong presence in this story – the way in which Ms Campbell chose to portray her felt as grounded and humble as I envisioned Kay to be herself but with the hardening slightly of life events which had re-shaped her emotional health. She was wicked brilliant in how she thought things out – her mind sharpened to observational evidence and the ways in which to knit together a crime scene based on what she knew and what she learnt after. She’s a fascinatingly complex character and I know there are more pieces to her personality to uncover as the series progresses.

Supporting Cast:

Barnes has a sincere voice – you can tell by how he’s portrayed how this is the fellow you’d like as your lead CO and why he would be a good fit for his position. He takes the role as their leader well because he knows how to delegate.

the male detectives: have a harder edge to their voices – even though all the male characters start to take on the same voice, there are slight differences between them; to where you will recognise the characters who enter each of the scenes.

Kay’s boss has a strong presence – his voice deeper than most of the other male characters – he’s straight to the point, doesn’t harbour one in the dark and gives his colleagues credit where it’s due; you gather he respects Kay. He trusts she can handle what she is given and that she will approach the case with a personal dedication but with a detached (emotionally) sensibility. He speaks strongly when necessary and he let’s himself react to news which is unsettling but he’s by all rights a keen leader who cares about his team.

Kay’s Mum felt just as you’d expect her to be voiced – concerned yet not entirely understanding of Kay’s lifestyle and choices; constantly trying to drive her batty by giving her two pence advice and yet, never realising how Kay simply wanted her to listen rather than insert more advice. Her voice sounded slightly as angry as you’d expect her to be with a daughter who’d rather not listen to unsolicited advice.

Kay’s sister Abby has a higher pitched voice and had an annoying way of grating on her nerves.

Melanie’s best friend Emma – her voice sounded young and youthful – fractured by emotional stress and the loss of a friend whose presence she misses.

Adam (Kay’s husband): He had a tired but kind voice – he took his time when he was talking with Kay – trying to find those small moments they could spend together. He had an ease about him but also an unsure confidence if their relationship was stable enough to survive all the hurdles.

How the Novel sounded to me as it was being Read: (theatrical or narrative)

The voice of the narrator (Alison Campbell) has an urgency within it – a hauntingly edgy presence as you feel as if your hovering like a ghost on the fringes of the car itself as the girl’s parents attempt the impossible and retrieve their recently kidnapped daughter. The narrator adds to the dramatic climax due to how she’s depicting what they see and how the locale their driving towards has a shivering grimness about it – of how it feels half decayed and withdrawn from the modern world.

Thus, for me – even though this was a narrative performance it had it’s own loveliness about how it was delivered. You are emotionally gutted quite instantly from the moment you first start the audiobook til the heart-pounding concluding chapters. Because of this connection, you can’t pull yourself away – this is definitely due to how apt the narrator is at projecting a confident voice but also one which is relating the emotional strain of being a detective on a hard-hitting case where there are few clues to find a lead to follow.

Preference after listening to re-Listen or pick up the book in Print?

Definitely will keep listening to the audiobooks – though one day, I suspect I shall gather the books if only to admire them on my shelf and remember the memories of listening to Ms Campbell bring these to life! Then, after a respectable distance, I’ll read them whilst listening to the audiobooks — a treat I feel is as sinfully delish as the best chocolate desert or cocktail to accompany it.

In closing, would I seek out another Alison Campbell audiobook?

Whole-heartedly, yes! I truly was smitten by how Ms Campbell placed her soul into this story – of how she gave all of herself until nothing was left to give – in truth, she lived Kay Hunter’s life and because of this, we are in full gratitude to her for feeling soul-connected to Kay ourselves.

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