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Scared to Death

(The first book in the Detective Kay Hunter series)
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"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 realised.

With her career in jeopardy and 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 nail-biting crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

Praise for Scared to Death

Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thriller Robert Bryndza, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl In The Ice

"Moves along at breakneck speed with twists and turns" ~ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series

“In this novel, I actually believed the reason for the killings. It was new, interesting, and made a refreshing amount of sense … reminded me at times of Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch seriesThe Crime Review

The Kay Hunter crime thriller series – available in print, large print and audiobook from all major retailers and libraries:

1. Scared to Death
2. Will to Live
3. One to Watch
4. Hell to Pay
5. Call to Arms
6. Gone to Ground
7. Bridge to Burn
8. Cradle to Grave
9. Turn to Dust
10. A Darker Place
11. A Lethal Deception

What readers are saying about Scared to Death

“A fast-paced, deeply disturbing thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finishBooks Of All Kinds

Oohhh what a FANTASTIC beginning to a new series! This is dark and gritty, with surprises that I didn’t see coming.” Novel Gossip

“A dead body, a psychotic killer and an honest dependable detective ... If you like your crime fiction uncomplicated, fast-paced and real Scared to Death is the PERFECT read for you…” Swirl and Thread

“Extremely well-plotted, this really is a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!Jo’s Book Blog

“A fast paced thriller of a story that draws you in from the start and will make your heart quicken!The Great British Book Off

“A gutsy, fast and dark book that is packed full with unsuspecting twists. Moves at a relentless pace, with an intensely dark plot, featuring a top notch female protagonist.” Mrs B’s Book Reviews

"Hunter is a force to be reckoned with as she tries to find the vicious killer of a young woman. You might want to sleep with the lights on but it's worth the read!" ~ Goodreads

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thriller." - Robert Bryndza

"Moves along at breakneck speed with twists and turns." - Angela Marsons

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