Audiobook Review | “Will to Live” (Book Two: 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 “Will to Live” 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 held me in the throes of “Scared to Death” and why I was itching for the next novel:

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.

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 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!

-quoted from my review of Scared to Death

I was so excited to be a part of this blog tour as soon as I finished the first installment – I had finally found a Contemporary Thriller novelist who gave me something I was looking for inside a gripping and realistic police drama without the overt explicit content too often running amuck in the offerings today. I don’t mind a bit of intensity but I’m not into the graphic nature most police dramas take you visually – irregardless if their on tv, in film or in a novel.

Blessedly, Ms Amphlett leaves me wanting more of her Kay Hunter series – because she’s found an empathetic bridge into Kay Hunter’s mind and heart – of anchouring us into her personal journey and the reasons why we should feel as attached to her as we do. She has a back-story running parallel to the cases and this reminds me of why I was attached to Rizzoli & Isles whilst the foundation of the series truly is a homage to NCIS. For these reasons, I am honoured to be a part of the blog tour and continuing my time with Kay and her team of detectives who have one of the most difficult caseloads anyone could ever hope to be delivered.

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Audiobook Review | “Will to Live” (Book Two: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison CampbellWill to Live

Reputation 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 realizes 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 realizes the killer's timetable has changed, and she's running out of time to stop him....

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter - a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future....

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ASIN: B076B2B82J

on 12th October, 2017

Length: 7 hours, 15 minutes (unabridged)

Published by: Saxon Publishing

Order of the Kay Hunter Detective series:
Scared to Death | Book One (see also Review)
Will to Live | Book Two
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 will to live:

Quite the unbearable reality to kick-off this installment of the series – a woman who was out walking her dog came across a most horrific situation – a man is trapped on the rail lines – unable to get out of the path of the oncoming train! Your heart and hers merge in the horror of it – yet it’s the unknown reason behind how it could have happened which stays with you the most. She had a malfunctioning torch and a dog mad after rabbits – when she heard a voice a bit disconnected from where she was and unfortunately in the direct path of a train.

Kay Hunter was sent directly to the scene – she was bracing herself for what she would find as she was aware of the conditions of such a death – having worked one of these cases in the past. The detective (Karris) who was with her was not as prepared but Kay tried to firm up the courage for them both whilst getting in her mind what she needed to do to tackle such a horrible find as this for the woman who had been present when the train had gone through.

Barnes returns much to the delight of Kay – he had time off but their friendship in arms was quite apparent by how he knew what she’d like to drink whilst she riddled him a bit about the light-hearted things you could discuss before getting down to rights into the current case. Their banterment was a lovely segue from what needed to be done – as it was hard to predict everything that would come along when each caseload was different from the last.

Despite the gruesome death, the forensics investigation was quite aptly researched and gave a wonderful window into what detectives go through whilst building off what the coroner tells them. This is one of the reasons I loved watching NCIS – between Duckie (the coroner) and Abby (the Forensic Scientist) you get to learn quite a heap about criminal investigations from the view of the morgue & labs! In this vein, Ms Amphlett has entreated us through this portal with her own characters – where Kay (similar to Gibbs) would speak directly to her coroner (so reminiscent of Duckie!) to gain even more information as the details would emerge out of the postmortem.

She was sincerely sympathetic towards her colleague (Karris) who was having issues being in the morgue – whilst trying to mentor them about how to ‘get past’ the bits which are difficult if the information gained is a foundation for the case itself. As this is how Kay has approached firming her own courage together over the years – to keep herself focused on the case and by honouring the dead by following any leads given to her to find out the mystery of their death.

Gavin and Karris are the new detectives in this installment – they each have their own highlighted moments of interest, too. Their dedication so young into their careers and their tenacity for the job itself is what gives Kay the most hope they will have longevity. However, they each have their own difficulties to work through as well as the needed experience to season them on the job itself. They were definitely a winning addition as they gave more measure of revelation of how hard it is to start off as a younger detective and basically get into the heart of fieldwork without realising what you were going to have to encounter therein. They definitely showed the ‘make or break’ moments where you could see how a detective so fresh onto the job would either decide to stick with it or transfer out of the department.

Barnes and Kay shared a mutual need to find reasons to get away from the investigation – if only to keep their minds refreshed. The hardest part of the case for them is the wider point about how mental health care was failing those who needed it most and the number of incidents on rail lines was giving them both a migraine – realising quite grimly this was a pattern of heightened activity rather than a once off every blue moon. No detective wants to admit finding a pattern of deaths happening without their awareness. You gathered in this installment, there is more to Barnes & Kay’s connection than you were first aware – on the level, without each other, they might not have a proper sounding board to talk to someone about ‘what pressed on their hearts’ whilst they attempted to keep a professional exterior and attitude. For they couldn’t talk outside of the office so to speak; for that, they were giving each other a bit of grace during their work weeks.

I was appreciative of seeing Adam and Kay keeping their marriage together – despite the hurdles their careers involve but moreso, due to the tragic loss of the child Kay had miscarried. They give each other a dose of levity even if Kay can’t speak as openly to Adam about her cases as she can with Barnes… Adam can still bolster her strength in a way Barnes wouldn’t be able to reach; and rightly so.

Adam has a quirky way of bringing home the animals which need extra-personal care home with him as only a Vet could – Kay was used to finding a motley variety being kept in their private space, as this time round rather than a snake like Sid, she was encountering a very pregnant dog. You could see why Kay needed a glass of wine after work – if only to numb out the recesses of her mind which had to contemplate such horrors as suicide rates and the unfortunate frequencies of the rail line deaths. As this was a continuing theme for her and her team – the further they dug into the files, the harder it was to shift their mind away from what they were reading.

The kindest gesture Adam could give Kay is the reassurance she didn’t have to tell her family about the lost child if she wasn’t yet prepared to get into the details about it – this is something she has been putting off for awhile due to how much her Mum and sister had lives which seemed to give Kay the impression they might not be as understanding as she needed them to be once they learnt the truth. You couldn’t blame her for putting off the inevitable and it was kind of Adam to understand her reasonings. Instead, he gave her a bit of hope for a takeaway dinner fit for two rather than having to sort out her emotions and feelings in regards to how best to contend with her parents.

Kay’s career was still being harpooned by another colleague – Larch had this overseeing presence, where each time he crossed paths directly with Kay, her insides turnt queasy almost realising something foul was coming down the line for her as she had the instinct to realise he had it out for her – the reasons for which are still unknown, but with Barnes in her pocket, she tried to keep her chin up about it all. As you thought about her predicament you saw the insanity of it but it wasn’t entirely out of proportion to what could happen where someone would take a vendetta out on someone. This has become the baseline sub-focus of the series, where the back-story about Kay Hunter is slowly building into a potboiler of a thread for the series to look into and dissect. Very similar to what I watched happen in the tenure of Rizzoli & Isles – as each of the lead characters had similar hurdles and had to move forward without resolution for most of their journey with us.

Such a curious connection between the drunk driving convictions and an outreach to curate better behaviour without repetitive convictions – this sequence wasn’t the first time I was surprised by the layers Ms Amphlett was weaving into the main plot points. In fact, for awhile, I was starting to think of all the different ways a seemingly open and shut case about railway death could appear rather than how it truly is to decipher in real life! These were some of the confounding revelations stemming out of Kay & Barnes research into possible connections between the deaths on the railway.

When they furthered their enquiry into one of the blokes who was affected by this programme they were given more questions than answers – especially when they met with his grieving Mum who understood her son’s depression better than most who had been connected to him in life. The worst bit of course was realising she couldn’t help her son and the fact her son kept stumbling through his life – with his work especially – is what partially had the ill-effect of deepening his depression. The driving course was more insult to injury in his regard as it was another nail to grind against his own conviction of feeling he was a complete failure. This was another insight into why Kay and Barnes realised a lot of this case was paralleling the mental health community and the ways in which they were failing short of helping those who needed them most. However, the greater concern of Kay’s is perhaps as the men were feeling isolated by their friends and family alike – if there was a possible connection to the deaths they had overlooked – of how a person’s vulnerable state could mark them.

As per her trademark, Amphlett pulls us into the mind of the villain in the story – to see their point of view and to see how they were reacting to everything tracking through the investigations of the police. In this case, someone was looking over his actions and finding fault with some of what he had done – looking forward to improving on what he had learnt. It was an interesting segue as your dearly attached to watching Kay solve each of her cases but realise, there is going to be a shift in prospective to where you have to hear the other side.

Seeing Kay have common ground with her Dad was heart-warming – as she couldn’t confide in her Mum. When her father reached out to her during a family dinner which proved to vex Kay’s ever last nerve between her Mum and sister’s interruptions on her sanity – it was fitting the one person who could calm her frayed nerves would be her father. He, like Adam before him was more sensitive to Kay’s needs and it was wonderful to see Kay having such a strong circle supporting her – even if it was a small circle, it was one which lifted her spirits right when she needed them to be lifted the most. Even Barnes was part of this circle if you think about it – Kay was thrice blessed by the men in her life.

The most sinister part of the series of course, is when we start to oversee the motives for the crimes and the planning which went into pulling them off. It is hard to see how they were being purported whilst realising how hard Kay and her team were trying to solve them – the villains and the detectives were constantly in a race to see who would finish first. Amphlett pulls back blessedly from revealling too much from these intermissions – she gives you just enough information to chew on whilst you resume where you left off in the investigation. Making you wonder if perhaps the team behind Kay might be able to intercept the plans before they are carried out,…

Ah! I was starting to oversee the cross-comparisons for Rizzoli & Isles this time round, but none more apparent when we’re back at the office, where Kay and the team are discussing the case itself and trying to iron out their next plan of action – it reminds me of when Rizzoli and the other detectives were in their office sorting through the evidence and brainstorming. This clicked into place when Sharpe mentioned the newspaper article which was about to scuttle their efforts on the case when one of the grieving families just did something to affect Kay’s reputation.

As we shifted back to the person responsible who kept to the shadows, we start to see the desperation in their actions once they realised the police were getting closer to understanding what was happening. Kay and her team were honing on on the angle of how the depressive men and the medication they were taking might be a linchpin in their investigation – yet, how this would interconnect to what befell them was still elusively kept in darkness. It was hard to assert what was causing the deaths or what the true connection between them might actually be – until they could sort that out, nothing was going to make sense in this case. All we did know – is how determined a certain person was in carrying out his plans irregardless of the odds against him, it felt like this was a sort of mission he was embarking on and failing partway was not something he could accept.

This soon became a rather complex arc where it truly foretold the author’s intricate way of giving us a riveting story in which to feel enthralled. She even gave Kay and Adam more heartache of concern over their personal safety as much as the boundaries between private life and public service. The further we dig into the series itself, the more alarming it is to realise what Kay is facing in her career – how sometimes there are people who working against you even when your simply trying to do right by those your entrusted to protect.

What was really cagey was someone was trying to drive Kay absolutely crazy by how they were ribbing her already vexed angst with confounding disbelief how records were consistently being re-arranged, re-written and edited. The records in question were connected to the case which had placed Larch on her trail – where nothing she did was good enough and everything she did was a new reason to give her grief from Larch. This was a nod towards how electronic records are too easily erased or altered outright without having a hard-copy to back-up the proof of what they contained originally.

As you move through the series itself, you start to observe the cascading effect of everything – how what you know from one installment feeds into the second and I am sure will continue to carry forward until the dramatic conclusion of where Kay Hunter finds herself in opposition with an unknown foe. It is this thrilling element of unknowns which keeps you hitched inside the series itself but you can’t forsake each of the individual cases to pick up on the subtle clues being added to the back-story of why Kay Hunter is being professionally attacked and challenged.

You become invested in her life and the lives of her detectives under her – especially when the new recruits to her team like Gavin and Carris prove they are not just incredibly brave and dedicated to the job but they give her a new hope to hang tight to prove one way or the other, she is not at fault for whatever is coming down in the future against her. In that regard, the last time I was caught up in a conspiracy against a lead character, it was when Beckett couldn’t sort out what was the truth about her mother’s death on Castle. I have more hope for Kay Hunter to have a better ending than Beckett had herself as Castle simply derailed after awhile.

Right now – I feel hungry for more of the series – as I have yet to truly solve one of the cases ahead of Kay and her team! Each time I think I have it sorted, Ms Amphlett happily throws me for a loop, adds another twist or gives me something to chew on whilst I wonder ‘how did I not see that coming?’ – she’s a brilliant plotter when it comes to a Contemporary Thriller – as you can’t help but listen to her stories straight through – not that I had the luxury of this as I had to break it into a few different listening sessions – but she wills you to want to do that! The absences keep the intrigue level at a high height of curiosity and by the time you listen to the ending chapters, your musefully happy for tucking into the Kay Hunter series! Literally, your mind swirls with everything you learn and you can only hope in the end, Kay and her colleagues can walk away like your favourite tv serial characters.

Note on Content: Strong language & Certain Visuals

I am sure there were a handful of stronger words sprinkled throughout the context of this novel, however, to be perfectly honest!? I didn’t notice them nearly as much as I had during my time spent listening to Scared to Death? They seemed more apparent the first go round – although, in truth, this time I must admit, the pacing was such a tight-wire of emotions and tension – I barely could breathe much less think about all the words I was listening too – as I honestly was honing in on Kay, Barnes, Carris, Gavin and the rest of the crew who were attempting to solve quite the impossibly complicated case!

I felt the language choices on the stronger side of the ledger were more negligible in the second installment – as much as the graphic details – in one particular instance, given this is a story set on the rail-lines, I was most impressed by how Ms Amphlett held back quite a heap of descriptive narrative. She could have gone further in her details and I, for one was blessedly *thankful!* she hadn’t! She gave just enough to give you the gist and went straight into the investigation – which is what I personally prefer!

on the thrilling style of ms amphlett:

True to her nature, Ms Amphlett keeps the pacing of her Kay Hunter series tautly in-tune with Kay’s state of mind and the harrowing circumstances of the caseload she undertakes. You can’t take your ears away from listening to the audiobook versions of her stories – between the pulsing truths of the crimes which are heart-wrenching in of themselves to the ways in which her narrator Ms Campbell inflects such a grounding sense of Kay’s own personal conviction of honouring the dead by solving the crimes against them – this is one series which bolts you to your earphones and doesn’t quite let you go!

I love how she hides the dual meaning of her titles into her story-lines – ‘will to live’ has a crucial bit of insight into purpose of this story – of how sometimes the very will to live is everything but could also have an alternative purpose towards cluing into what is going wrong and perhaps, a passage forward towards understanding what went wrong to help those in the future who might have the same circumstances entering into their lives. This is a long way round of simply trying to say, I like how she tucks in the titles like poets and songwriters tuck in their titles into the content of what they are creating.

What haunts you a bit is how Ms Amphlett has such a keen knack for supplementing our time with the police with those moments inside the criminal mind as she brings her research front and centre in each of the stories. She fuses the police procedures with the back-story of what is happening on the other side of the law – giving us a duality of perspective each time we settle into one of her Thrillers. It is this unique angle of insight we gain further appreciation for how she’s crafted the series – as it is even beyond the continuity she’s mastered it’s her finite eye for detail and of giving an authentic representation on behalf of all her characters.

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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 second listening of an Alison Campbell audiobook – as the first one was for ‘Scared to Death’. I am slowly making my way through each of the four audiobooks thus far released inside the Kay Hunter series – therefore, in short order before the middle of April, I will have been blessed with listening to *four!* narrations by Ms Campbell! I am overjoyed because each time I listen to her narrations, I find something new I love about how she responds to the characters and the subjects she’s talking about through the story itself.

Regards to the Narrator’s Individual Character performances:

Kay Hunter: Her voice gets a bit higher pitched when she’s joshing and ribbing Barnes but she has a calmer voice at home with Adam. On the job she has to keep a level head and voice – where calmness comes forward instead of her own fear or emotions towards what she’s witnessing. It’s a hard battle to keep yourself grounded whilst being a detective whose seen the horrors of the world. Ms Campell does well to show this balance – between the job, the home life and those in-between moments where Kay is seen as humbly raw and haggard as a detective.

Karris/Carris – I had trouble discerning the name of this character – as I heard it differently each time the character came into sight. However, it was the younger Detective sent to shadow Kay – the one who had trouble being in the morgue and on the scene at the rail line. Her voice was sincere and lacked the confidence Kay’s had herself – but she was still getting her bearings on the job.

Barnes: His voice was peppered with exhaustion, having come back on duty after collecting his daughter from a concert. His voice was also light with the banter he was enjoying with Kay even if you gathered he wasn’t quite ready to get back to work after his reprieve of being away from it.

The woman who discovered the voice on the tracks: There is so much emotion in her voice, you truly feel as if your present for her testimony about what had happened. Her voice even seems to break in parts, as she’s still trying to reconcile what she had observed and had heard.

The supporting cast of women: Most of the women were full-on into their grief – as they were losing loved ones to the railways. The suicides and mysterious deaths – as some weren’t declared equal were unsettling on multiple levels. The one common ground they had was clinical depression and a sense of isolation surrounding them. Their voices were realistically presented by Ms Campbell – you could peer into their anguish by how they were voiced; she is one narrator who has an ease about her when it comes to etching out emotional angst and fuelling her characters with such realistic clarity, you feel even more affected by the story due to how she has lived through each of the characters’ she’s brought to life – both major and minor with acute equality of attention.

During the revelation:

There is a point during the revelation sequence where I was quite attached to how Ms Campbell altered her voice – there are small moments throughout the series where you feel as if she’s part chameleon as she can make small nuanced alterations to her voice – whether to change the age of the character she’s speaking on behalf or whether she needs to take you into a different emotional sequence. She has this champion way of changing with the characters and in the direction of the story-line as well.

It’s rather brilliant – however, during the revelation what truly struck me and held me tight on her words is how she etched out the desolate grief and the absence of remorse – it’s difficult to pull that off in a film or tv series – to hear the clarity of this in an audiobook is astounding! I never feel I’m remiss from an emotional connection – irregardless if the emotions being emoted are good or bad, you develop a layered appreciation for how she carves out the series through her own approach of how best to articulate the series overall.

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

I am so consumed by the narrating styling of Ms Campbell, I feel she gives a living representation of what it would be like to live the lives of the characters within the fuller scope of the Kay Hunter series. She very much puts her heart and soul into breathing life to these characters – good, bad and secondary – the characters have such a strong vitality about them, you can’t help but think they truly did live and these are merely the annotated journals of their experiences. I find her approach wholly unique as it feels more like a living experience you get to get caught-up inside rather than strictly a performance or a spoken narrative dictation.

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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2 responses to “Audiobook Review | “Will to Live” (Book Two: the Kay Hunter Detective series) by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

    • Hallo, Hallo Kristine!

      Thanks for giving me such an enthused comment! :) I can’t believe I’m currently listening to the fourth installment of the Kay Hunter series – my fourth and final review for this lovely blog tour goes up on Thursday! It’s been an incredible experience, as I feel so close to Kay, Sharpe, Barnes and Harriet now – I definitely love how tight Kay is with Adam (her husband) yet as the series progresses forward, you start to grow increasingly concerned for the final revelations – as so much hinges on who is behind causing the anguish Kay is facing at work. Have you had a chance to read or listen to the series? I’d love to know your impression if you do,… til then, I’m hopeful you’ve returned to see my thoughts on the rest of the series!

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