Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett

Hell to Pay

**Please do not rate this book until you have read it. Use the "Want to Read" button to add it to your reading list**When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of...

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  • Brenda

    The shocking motor vehicle accident in the middle of the night had Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter and her DI Devon Sharp immediately buried in an evil conspiracy involving defenceless young women. The driver of the car was critical, but they desperately wanted to interview him. And when evidence pointed to a person they’d had dealings with in the past, Kay and Sharp knew they had to put him behind bars if it was the last thing they did.

    The investigative team followed every lead, but details were

    The shocking motor vehicle accident in the middle of the night had Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter and her DI Devon Sharp immediately buried in an evil conspiracy involving defenceless young women. The driver of the car was critical, but they desperately wanted to interview him. And when evidence pointed to a person they’d had dealings with in the past, Kay and Sharp knew they had to put him behind bars if it was the last thing they did.

    The investigative team followed every lead, but details were sparse. The person they were after was clever – but surely he would make a mistake? The team needed to catch him before it was too late – they all knew how dangerous he was, and how he’d let nothing stand in his way – but as Kay became more deeply involved in her determination to crack the case, she had no idea how much danger she was putting herself in…

    is the 4th in the Detective Kay Hunter series by Aussie author Rachel Amphlett and is just as gripping and intense as the first three. Kay Hunter is an extremely likable character, with deep inner strength, and a softer side which comes through when she’s with her boyfriend Adam. With a rocketing pace, and filled with incredible twists,

    is one I highly recommend to fans of the thriller genre.

    With thanks to the author for my digital ARC to read and review.

  • Sharon

    #HellToPay opens up with perfect scene setting from Rachel Amphlett; I could almost hear the sigh of displeasure from DS Kay Hunter as she was dragged out of bed by a call from DI Sharp to attend what appeared to be a routine road traffic accident. But hey this is the Kay Hunter series and you all know there is no such thing as routine when she is involved! This is no routine accident and what follows is a grisly and gripping domino effect as a terrifying chain of events are uncovered leading Ka

    #HellToPay opens up with perfect scene setting from Rachel Amphlett; I could almost hear the sigh of displeasure from DS Kay Hunter as she was dragged out of bed by a call from DI Sharp to attend what appeared to be a routine road traffic accident. But hey this is the Kay Hunter series and you all know there is no such thing as routine when she is involved! This is no routine accident and what follows is a grisly and gripping domino effect as a terrifying chain of events are uncovered leading Kay Hunter, once again, into a race to deliver justice. I tell no lie when I say that this is one of the #TopThrillerCrimeSeries out there!

    Kay Hunter has proved herself time and time again to be a determined and gutsy detective. This lady is a rule bender and is determined to deliver justice with no qualms about being flexible with policing policies and procedures if it will help her in her quest. She is fiercely loyal to her team and they are a tight-knit unit. Despite a previous Professional Standards Investigation which left Kay feeling as though she could trust no-one she has built up a solid respect and trust from her team but she remains determined to get uncover just who and what lay behind the move to ruin her reputation. Kay and her superior, DI Devon Sharp, work well together, she trusts him implicitly and in Hell to Pay both detectives are furious when it is suggested that their investigation is handed over to the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, headed up by DCI Simon Harrison. They manage to persuade the Chief Superintendent to second them onto the team for the investigation but it is clear that there is a tension between Sharp and Harrison and I was left wondering just who could be trusted in the whole affair.

    There are some pretty nasty characters in this novel and while I'm naming no names there are a few faces from the past that pop-up and OMFG we are talking seriously bad boys here! Not the bad boys that are bad in that "good" kind of way but bad as in so badass that there are no redeeming features about their personalities. Has Kay bitten off more than she can chew this time around I wondered a few times! These guys are not only involved in drugs and violence, Hell to Pay also covers human trafficking, prostitution and slavery. But don't worry there is nothing gratuitous or grisly on show but you just know the bad stuff that has been going down in this book! Taught, tense narrative leaves you in no doubt that bad things are going to happen. A plausible plot and compelling characters draw you into the dark and murky underworld of organised crime where knowledge is power and some people are only too happy to wield that power to get exactly what they want.

    Such is Rachel Amphlett's skill she had my heart in my mouth every time that Kay returned home, knowing that her partner Adam was away at a conference meant that each time she drew up at her house I felt as though I was right there with her and watching every shadow, nook and cranny waiting for the bogeyman to jump out!

    The tension just constantly ramped up as I turned each page, my heart was pounding and I simply could not devour this fast enough! As usual, Rachel left me sitting right on the edge of my seat and screaming for more as I got to the last page! OMFG Rachel Amphlett, book five cannot come fast enough for me!

    If you like your novels fast-paced and twisted with a tension that leaves you weak at the knees; a narrative that has your heart pounding and a cast of characters that will either have you cheering them on or gunning them down (depending on what side you are on!) then you will love this book - hell you will love the whole series! Once again Rachel Amphlett has given me the perfect mix for a book, all the thrills and spills, the red herrings and plot twists, the compelling characters and a nerve-wracking rollercoaster ride of a read that seen me finish it in one sitting! Beware, start reading this book and prepare to lose the rest of your day!

  • Noelle

    Eeeeek! So we are back in Kent and faced with loss; retribution; exploitation; people trafficking; fear; violence; manipulation; control and the search for justice! #BOOM!

    What a FANTASTIC opening to this book! I won’t say what it is, but the #killerhook that has me jumping up and down with excitement was there and I LOVED it! This for me, was a fast-paced page turner although I was a little lost at times as I have missed a few books in between – MY BAD! I loved the character development and narr

    Eeeeek! So we are back in Kent and faced with loss; retribution; exploitation; people trafficking; fear; violence; manipulation; control and the search for justice! #BOOM!

    What a FANTASTIC opening to this book! I won’t say what it is, but the #killerhook that has me jumping up and down with excitement was there and I LOVED it! This for me, was a fast-paced page turner although I was a little lost at times as I have missed a few books in between – MY BAD! I loved the character development and narrative – told from the third-person POV so you followed the story as you were right there, amongst all the action!

    DS Kay Hunter is back and determined as ever! But this time….it’s personal! Her nemesis returns to wreak havoc and open a pandora’s box of memories from the past that she would sooner forget! I found Kay to be quite vulnerable, yet her stubborn nature and absolute resolve to bring justice, outweighs everything else. Kay is a wee bit reckless, but I like this about her and it suits her character to a “T”. I also enjoyed “meeting” Adam again and to see that this pair are as strong as ever, despite their misfortune.

    Jozef Demiri – what a superb character! Yes he made my skin crawl- but that is exactly what he should do! He was creepy, manipulative, and oh so friggin sly! People fear him – though he views it as respect and his poses a real threat to Kay….watch you back Hunter!

    DCI Harrison was also an intriguing character – I wasn’t sure what to make of him; there was tension in the air throughout the book…hmmmm….I think I will leave it at that and see if any other reader felt the same!

    There was an abundance of brilliant characters in this book but I only touched on a few that really stood out to me. However, it is clear that Rachel Amphlett has a real talent for making her characters, even those we should not like, as believable and relatable!

    Sooooo…do I recommend this book? Hell Yeah I do! Hell To Pay is a fantastic game of cat & mouse, with a dark intensity that has you screaming at the pages! Such a clever plot, quite emotive and a great build up of suspense – add this #badboy to your TBR now!

  • Nerdish Mum

    Detective Kay Hunter is officially in my top detectives of all time. She's strong, intelligent, determined and I think a great role model. She does her job properly and even when things get personal, she stays professional to make sure the job gets done.

    Hell To Pay is the fourth instalment in the series, but though it is fully recommended to read the three previous books because of how good they are, this can be read as a stand alone as there is plenty of character development throughout. There

    Detective Kay Hunter is officially in my top detectives of all time. She's strong, intelligent, determined and I think a great role model. She does her job properly and even when things get personal, she stays professional to make sure the job gets done.

    Hell To Pay is the fourth instalment in the series, but though it is fully recommended to read the three previous books because of how good they are, this can be read as a stand alone as there is plenty of character development throughout. There are some spoilers for previous books though if you are planning on reading them all.

    I was completely sucked into this story and became increasingly invested in the outcome. When real life came knocking and I had to put the book down, I was constantly wondering what would happen next and how things would be resolved. There's a lot of tension and at times, you're nervously waiting to see if something would go wrong.

    I've grown to love detectives portrayed with a happy home life, instead of the tried and tested cranky, alcoholic loners (loveable though they may be) and I love the balance we are given, seeing Kay's home life with Adam and the simple joy she gets out of babysitting for some Guinea Pigs. I like how they are both so supportive of each other and their respective careers. It comes across as a very healthy relationship.

    Hell To Pay is incredibly well written and I thoroughly enjoyed my read, in fact I am already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, just to see where it goes from here and what decisions Kay will make following everything that has happened to her.

  • Amy

    I’ve become a huge fan of this series over the past year, I loved Scared to Death, Will to Live and One to Watch and have been anxiously awaiting book four. That’s the thing with this series, each book may resolve a case but they always leave you wanting more! It’s also one of those series where the books get better with each installment and they all come highly recommended by me.

    One of the things that sets these books apart from its counterparts is that Amphlett always manages to come up with

    I’ve become a huge fan of this series over the past year, I loved Scared to Death, Will to Live and One to Watch and have been anxiously awaiting book four. That’s the thing with this series, each book may resolve a case but they always leave you wanting more! It’s also one of those series where the books get better with each installment and they all come highly recommended by me.

    One of the things that sets these books apart from its counterparts is that Amphlett always manages to come up with a fresh premise for each book. This time, Kay and team are called to assist with a car accident, which seems odd to them until they realize that there was a dead woman in the trunk of the car. (See, unique!) There is the perfect balance between Kay’s work life and her personal life, per usual you receive some answers to long awaited questions but you wind up with additional questions as well. As much as this frustrates me it does so in the best possible way and just makes me all the more eager to get my hands on the next book.

    Hell to Pay was another exciting read that gets your adrenaline going, the pacing is fast and furious and begins on page one and never ends. The chapters are short and flow together beautifully and before you know it you’re halfway through with no plans to stop until you’re done. Amphlett has most assuredly found her stride with this series and fans of dark, gritty police procedurals will love Kay, her team and the amazing writing.

  • Eva

    4.5* --> 5*

    When Kay Hunter gets a call in the middle of the night to attend a traffic accident, she has no idea of what lies ahead. Not only does she find something in the boot of the car that really shouldn’t be there, it will also lead to an investigation that will ultimately force her to face one of her biggest nightmares.

    If you’ve been following the Kay Hunter series, then you know Kay has been struggling professionally as well as personally due to someone trying to destroy her career. In

    4.5* --> 5*

    When Kay Hunter gets a call in the middle of the night to attend a traffic accident, she has no idea of what lies ahead. Not only does she find something in the boot of the car that really shouldn’t be there, it will also lead to an investigation that will ultimately force her to face one of her biggest nightmares.

    If you’ve been following the Kay Hunter series, then you know Kay has been struggling professionally as well as personally due to someone trying to destroy her career. In Hell To Pay, the pieces of the puzzle will be falling into place but will Kay’s desire for revenge put her in danger?

    This series is one of those that just keeps getting better with each instalment. The tension and the pace are quite high as the team race against the clock to catch the ultimate prize before they disappear again. But the man they’re chasing has plans of his own, none of which sound good and he always seems to be one step ahead.

    I’ve always loved how Rachel Amphlett is able to effortlessly combine Kay’s personal life with her career in the police force and having these two aspects collide was quite the thrilling ride. If I want to be slightly nitpicky, I could say that maybe something was a wee bit predictable but in the grand scheme of things, I really didn’t care. Ultimately, some questions are answered but there are new ones to deal with now, which is a great way to keep a reader wanting more.

    I’m not sure if could possibly be any more vague. But I’m trying really hard not to give anything away here. You just have to read it and see for yourself what’s going on. This is a quick read, one of those “I’ll just read one more chapter” books and before you know it, your afternoon is gone and you’re late starting dinner. Oops.

    I can’t believe this is already book four in the series and it doesn’t look like the author or Kay, for that matter, have any intention of letting up. I’ve enjoyed this series from the start and I very much look forward to the next one, although that one will hopefully have more Adam in it. 😉

  • Karen

    Review to follow for blog tour

  • Janel

    Hell To Pay ticks all the boxes, it’s a fast-paced thriller that begs to be read in one sitting! Kay and the team investigate their most chilling case yet, personally I think this case is particularly horrific and I’m thankful for Amphlett’s ability to create a chilling case while still allowing me to sleep at night!

    And, most importantly to me, Kay finally comes face to face with her nemesis. I say finally because I’ve been waiting since book one for this very book – let me explain without spoil

    Hell To Pay ticks all the boxes, it’s a fast-paced thriller that begs to be read in one sitting! Kay and the team investigate their most chilling case yet, personally I think this case is particularly horrific and I’m thankful for Amphlett’s ability to create a chilling case while still allowing me to sleep at night!

    And, most importantly to me, Kay finally comes face to face with her nemesis. I say finally because I’ve been waiting since book one for this very book – let me explain without spoiling any of the previous books – in book one, Sacred To Death, we find out Kay had been investigated by the Professional Standards Committee, they ruled in her favour and since her return to work she has been targeted both personally and professionally by someone with a vendetta against her. You can imagine the levels of anticipation I felt during this read as this element is finally revealed, suspense that has been building throughout the entire series, and I must commend Amphlett because this was a big risk, capturing readers in book one and drawing out this mystery but it absolutely paid off because it was a fantastic showdown!

    This fourth instalment in the series is my favourite one yet and I hope I’ve highlighted to you the importance of reading these books in order as there is a continuous story and you will not get the most out of this book if you haven’t read the previous ones – they’re all great so you have nothing to worry about, you absolutely need to get on board with this series.

    With series comes the return of characters you know and like, some not so much, but it brings a level of familiarity and comfort to your read. They, along with Kay, give this novel a wonderful sense of teamwork and it’s a pleasure to see them supporting each other. I have to give a special shoutout to Adam, Kay’s husband, because I love the way he supports her and puts no additional pressure on her. Side note: he’s a vet and always brings home animals to look after and I love seeing which animal they’ll be taking care of each time.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Amphlett knows how to write a gripping mystery and will have you devouring the pages of this one, Kay is one of my favourite female fictional detectives and this novel has it all and I highly, highly recommend you read it.

    *My thanks to Emma Mitchell FPR for providing me with a digital copy of this book*

  • Caroline - Bits about Books

    When a traffic accident leaves the driver mortally wounded, the Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman in the boot of the car. Somehow, the investigation fuels Detective Kay Hunter’s quest for revenge and she will stop at nothing to get the culprit – regardless the danger for her own life

    A traffic incident becomes a case for Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter and her colleagues, when the body of a young woman is found hidden in the boot of the car. She looks to have been murdered and Kay

    When a traffic accident leaves the driver mortally wounded, the Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman in the boot of the car. Somehow, the investigation fuels Detective Kay Hunter’s quest for revenge and she will stop at nothing to get the culprit – regardless the danger for her own life

    A traffic incident becomes a case for Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter and her colleagues, when the body of a young woman is found hidden in the boot of the car. She looks to have been murdered and Kay and her colleagues blame the driver of the car who has been taken to hospital in critical condition. Upon inspecting the crime scene, the realisation that this could be the work of a devious serial killer makes Kay sick of “the thought that they might have missed a practised killer.” Have they stumbled upon an evil conspiracy and will they discover more murdered young women during the course of their investigation?

    | Storyline |

    While Kay and her team anxiously await the driver’s recovery, the investigation causes quite a few problems with only a few leads to go on. Frustrating as it is, Kay knows it is early days and she is convinced they will find the culprit despite the tedious investigation. But Kay is not prepared for the shock when they discover who owns the vehicle. Is it possible that Kay’s enemy of old, a sadistic and vicious criminal, is responsible for the murder? This could be the chance she has been waiting for – the opportunity for vengeance. Kay’s husband, Adam, is anxious she will find herself in mortal danger while he is away as they have personally experienced what the criminal is capable of. That is not all: will not the internal squabbles within the Police cause her enemy to seek his own pervert revenge? With Adam gone and Kay’s boss, DI Sharp pre-occupied, Kay is well aware she has to tread carefully to not jeopardise the investigation or put her own life in danger but all she can think of is getting her enemy and make him pay!

    | My Thoughts |

    I love Hell to Pay! As someone who has followed Detective Kay Hunter from the first book, Scared to Death, I have watched her grow more confident and see her through difficult times and life-threatening situations and suffered with her when her arch enemy dealt blow after blow. Even if, for me, the tension was at times less palpable in Hell to Pay, it still is a fast-paced and gripping thriller that I had to read in one session. As always, it was a pleasure reconnecting to Kay Hunter – I love a spicy female detective willing to kick arse and not afraid to stir things up. This time, Kay comes close to finding out the truth (if you want to know more, read the previous books in the series!) but in doing so, opens up a whole new angle of investigation leaving us with many more questions and hungry for the next book in this well-written series!

    Read the review on my website:

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    I can't believe this is already the fourth book in the astounding DS Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. I've read and enjoyed them all. This series just gets better and better with each new instalment.

    Like the others, this book starts off with a bang! A car veers off a motorway and ends up all crumpled up at the bottom of a steep embankment by the side of the road. The driver is rushed to hospital in critical condition. But that's not the reason why Kay is roused from sleep in the middle of t

    I can't believe this is already the fourth book in the astounding DS Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett. I've read and enjoyed them all. This series just gets better and better with each new instalment.

    Like the others, this book starts off with a bang! A car veers off a motorway and ends up all crumpled up at the bottom of a steep embankment by the side of the road. The driver is rushed to hospital in critical condition. But that's not the reason why Kay is roused from sleep in the middle of the night. It's because of the contents of the car boot...

    In the boot police find the body of a young woman. Who is this woman? Who is the driver of the car? Did he kill her? Or was she killed in the accident? What happened? Where was he taking her? Will the driver survive and answer these questions?

    Initial investigations into this accident immediately lead Kay and her team on the trail of her arch nemesis, Jozef Demiri, the organised crime boss Kay Hunter had vowed revenge on for all the anguish and pain he had put her through in the past. Kay has been constantly on the lookout to catch and put Demiri away for good and this incident has just presented her with an opportunity to do so. But how can Kay catch him when the shrewd criminal is always one step ahead of the police? What the police find is evidence of underground business dealings far, far more horrifying than they had ever imagined. This makes Kay even more determined to put a stop to Demiri's reign. But will she manage to catch him and make him finally pay for all he did?

    Well, Hell to Pay is yet another well-written, fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that kept me interested and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. In this book internal police politics and corruption play a central role. Kay is a great character. She's a tenacious, bold and competent detective, but she's also a vulnerable woman who has had her fair share of heartache. In this book I felt really afraid for Kay's safety more than once. She has enemies both inside and outside the police station. And she's been waiting for a face-to-face confrontation with her arch enemy for so long, now it was happening I was curious to find out how it will all end, what would happen, who of the two would come out victor. I certainly was not prepared for that heart-pounding ending which left me literally holding my breath.

    The chapters about Kay's private life serve as a short respite from all the tension and brutality of her life at work. After a snake and a Great Dane, I was curious to see what creature Kay's veterinary husband Adam would bring home this time for temporary residence.

    Though this book can be read as a standalone, I would still advise readers to go through the series in order. With a clever, fast-paced, well-thought out plot, a bunch of realistic characters, several suspenseful, terrifying scenes and twists and turns galore, Hell to Pay is just another fabulous addition to the series and I highly recommend it.

    With thanks to the author for an ARC of the book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.


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