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Open your Eyes: One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour

I am so happy to be sharing today’s stop for One to Watch with Mairead @Swirl&Thread and Lisa @Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews ! It’s a pleasure to see the Kay Hunter series all around!

one to watch my pic.PNGTitle: One to Watch
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Date of publication: June 6th 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 378
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series.


With series come the fear to be disappointed. We all have mentioned it at some point in our reviews. We don’t want the characters we love so much to turn into strangers we don’t recognize, strong plots getting nasty holes, and settings being destroyed.

Have no fear with the Kay Hunter series, One To Watch is just as good as the two previous books! I have no idea how she does it, but Rachel Amphlett masters the ways of building and keeping all elements of her stories strong and consistent.

My dear Kay, how have I missed you… after only two weeks (I read the first book in the series in early May, after having read the second… Never mind!). God knows how I’m gonna resist until book four! Kay Hunter is just the way you left her… But don’t be fooled, she can surprise you. Throughout the book, I could feel something cook inside of her (if you’re familiar with the series, you know what I’m referring to) and the Kay we leave at the end of One to Watch is what makes me love her so much. That perfect combination of being a woman, a wife, a cop. That resilience and tenacity, I could go on about how I find her to be the most relatable police detective I have met so far. The author doesn’t need clichés or far-fetched situations to put her main character in to show us what Kay is made of. She makes mistakes, she looks for answers, she worries. I cannot explain why she speaks to me so much, but for me, she is one of the best protagonists of the genre.

This third book pushes Kay off her own limits again, with another perfectly intertwined plot and subplot ratcheting the tension with every page. This time, Kay reaches to people, hides her cards, and play it slightly differently. I am so hooked on this subplot I swear the author is going to kill me if we don’t get answers!

Do you wonder about the writing? I devoured every word so eagerly I did not even take notes or pick quotes!! Flowing perfectly, the author’s style is sure to keep you up long after bedtime! 

As for the big investigation, it was different. Good different. I felt this time the violence and evil was more in the motive and the people involved than in the killing itself. I was bracing myself for another awful bunch of bloody bodies, and the crime was quite gruesome, but my stomach couldn’t take the awfulness behind the reasons of the crime. The death was less grisly but more macabre in a way, as the threads leading to it had my blood run cold and my mouth stay open until shock passed and I could move my jaw again. Be prepared for monsters, but beware, they don’t wear the clothes you’re used to see them in.

The stolen moments in Kay’s private life still make a brilliant break and add a touch of normality in this engrossing crime environment. But normality can only go so far when you bother the wrong people. Thankfully, and this is another of my favorite details in this series, coffee, gossip, team work, and angry bosses are all around, and you get the feeling of being in the precinct with Kay again. For better or for worse!

Overall, One to Watch is my third favorite book in this series of… three books! Rachel Amphlett’s compelling and evil plots mixed with the most complex array of characters make this series one of the best of the crime genre.

I would like to thank Rachel Amphlett and Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for allowing me to review the book in an unbiased way.

Get the book here!!!



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.

Don’t forget to check out the different stops on the tour!! 

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38 thoughts on “Open your Eyes: One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour”

  1. Brilliant review as always Donna.I don’t know this series but I feel like I need to.I like it when a crime thriller is realistic and detectives are portrayed in a way that encompasses both sides of their lives.I’ll look out for the series.


    1. Thanks so so much! I was worried about reviewing a series because I did not want to say too much! It’s simply a must-read for me! 🙂 The balance between professional and personal lives is perfect and the stories have the right amount of tension 🙂

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  2. What a fantastic review, Donna! It sounds like this series is more than well-worth the read what with the brilliant character and consistency that just keep developing in the right direction! Glad you enjoyed your time with the book! ❤


  3. You will be extra glad that you read the first book now. You have totally sold Kay to me, but I think I will start with book 1. She sounds like the kind of detective that I will want to get to know better and be rooting for to solve the crime.
    I love the way you write your reviews, I feel like I want to take quotes of your best bits:
    “Be prepared for monsters…..” Excellent.
    Amanda. xx


    1. I’m so happy you want to meet Kay now 🙂 It’s totally worth reading in the right order, even if the writing makes it so easy to pick up the series anywhere. You’re in for a great crime series! This is so nice of you! I’ve bee insecure again with my reviews because of the pressure of the degrees, so I’m happy you still enjoy them :$ Thank you my friend xxxx

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  4. Great review for this book Donna. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed One to Watch, and that it ended up being your favourite of the series. From the sounds of your review this seems like a really compelling series, and definitely one you couldn’t put down if you only picked up the first book/second book first of the series in May! 😀


  5. Finding a series that stays strong is challenging, but it sounds like you have managed. Kay seems to be a fantastic protagonist. I may have to dive into these soon! Can they be read standalone or should they be followed so that you receive more character growth? Stellar review ❤


  6. Awesome review! It’s so nice when a series just gets better and better. Like you said, series bring the fear of disappointment and it’s a disappointment we’ve all felt at some point. Series can get off to explosive starts and then just fizzle out. I’m pleased you’re enjoying this series 😀 It’s sound great! A strong female lead is always a bonus 🙂


  7. It’s so amazing to see a series that constantly delivers brilliant story-telling and a character that never seems to be off. The more praise you continue to give this series, the more I want to give this lady a shot. 😛 Do you have an all-time favourite female detective?


    1. You’ll fall for Kay if you give her a chance :p I used to love Kay Scarpetta (eh, another Kay! xD) but then the author changed her writing style and it was never the same again, I lost all interest. I think this Miss Hunter might be my all-time favorite actually!

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      1. Aahah that coincidence! Really unfortunate that the writing style changed.. I would be pretty disappointed myself. I’ll definitely give the first books of both Kay’s a shot in the future though. Thanks for the insights! 😛

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