Gone to Ground

Written by Rachel Amphlett




While attending a crime scene on the outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the disturbing truth – a serial killer is at large and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer who has gone undetected until now, Kay and her team of detectives must work fast to calm a terrified local population and a scornful media.

When a third victim is found, her investigation grows even more complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly to the county town, Kay and her team are pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue that, if left unchecked, will soon claim another life.

Gone to Ground is a gripping serial killer thriller full of page-turning suspense, and the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter British detective series:

1. Scared to Death

2. Will to Live

3. One to Watch

4. Hell to Pay

5. Call to Arms

6.  Gone to Ground



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Fantastic Thriller, Perfect Ending!  5 stars


I didn’t think it was possible, but this series just gets better and better!

DI Kay Hunter once again finds herself in charge of a murder investigation; this time, however, she has extra management duties to deal with as well as the day-to-day routine of leading her team to solve a crime with all due haste. With all possible leads going nowhere, they all have to dig in and give a bit more than their all – not easy given the gruesome nature of this case.

It is no secret that I’m a big fan of this series. Whilst each book is a stand-alone read, I feel that now, by the sixth book, I have really got to know the investigating team quite intimately. They each have individual strengths and weaknesses which, as a good boss, Kay is fully aware of. They work together as a team, each holding their own and deeply feeling the progress – or the lack of it – as the days get swallowed up. This is an extremely well thought out plot. Several twists and turns make this novel an exciting read and just when you think you understand what’s going on it suddenly strikes you that you really don’t have a clue! A fantastic thriller, consistently presenting the police team as the humans they are and the ending is, as always, just perfect!

My thanks to the author for alerting me to this one. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller, police procedural


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Publishing
  • Publication Date: 8 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US





Meet the Author


8qch1ekp33v43hhp8pkga9hatn._UX250_Rachel Amphlett writes crime fiction and spy novels, most notably the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers. 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, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride. Before turning to writing, Rachel helped run a pub, 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’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. Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play. A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance, usually with a crime fiction festival tacked on for good measure! You can stay in touch with Rachel via her Reader’s Group at www.rachelamphlett.com.






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