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.
Having read and enjoyed the first two books in the DS Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett, I couldn't wait to read the third, 'One to Watch'. Now that I finished it, I can only say WOW! This thriller is even more entertaining and intriguing than the first two!
Sixteen-year-old Sophie Whittaker, is brutally murdered at some point during her 'purity pledge' and 'engagement' party. During the ceremony, Sophie has vowed to remain chaste until her marriage to an American wealthy boy, Josh Hamilton, whose family belong to the same religious group as Sophie's. The girl's body is found behind bushes in her home's garden in darkness by her drunken friend Eva. Who killed Sophie? Why? Could it be someone against her betrothal to Josh?
Kay Hunter and her team, including her boss DI Devon Sharp rush to the scene to start their investigation. There they are faced with a mammoth task, cars blocking the mansion's gravel apron and a multitude of drunken partygoers who need to be held and questioned. But how reliable their witness statements can be?
Kay is astonished by the whole idea of a purity pledge - it sounds such a medieval practice - and when she learns that on the day before the ceremony Sophie had revealed a shocking secret to her friend, she's sure someone knew about it too. Someone needed to have Sophie's mouth shut up for good. But who? And why?
At the police station, Kay's life and career are still being threatened by an unknown enemy. Now this mysterious individual has turned their focus on Kay's team. Someone is intent on tearing her team apart, driving the team members against each other and forcing Kay to question who she could really trust. Who is this person? And why are they so determined to make her life difficult?
The Kay Hunter series just gets better and better with each new instalment. The author has once again weaved an intriguing, entertaining plot with all the ingredients one would expect of a murder mystery, including a very unusual murder weapon!
This book can be read as a standalone, but I would still recommend readers to go through the series in order, starting with 'Scared to Death'. 'One to Watch' is fast-paced, enjoyable and intriguing with twists and turns throughout, great realistic characters and quite a number of possible suspects. As the plot thickened, I was suspicious of practically every character, but I couldn't guess who the killer was - so many people had a motive to get rid of poor Sophie, but I was still shocked when the identity was revealed at the end.
Kay Hunter has really grown on me now. I love her tenaciousness and determination to see a case through to the end. But I also love her soft side, her vulnerability, but also her love and thoughtfulness for her husband and colleagues. Having read all three books in the series now, she has become one of my favourite fictional characters and I'm always waiting for news on when the next book would be out. Luckily book 4 should not be too far off. Yay!! Highly recommended.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of the book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.
She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.
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