Last week, I posted my review of Will to Live – the second novel in the DS Kay Hunter series – and today I’m sharing my review of book three in the series, One to Watch.
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.
Sophie might have been young, but she had plenty of secrets, and this makes the task of solving her murder all the more difficult for Kay and her team, particularly as those close to her all to seem to have their own secrets as well. I thought that the plotting in One to Watch was fantastic – this is a complex case, with multiple suspects who might have “dunnit”, and for various reasons. And I didn’t guess who did it, or why – obviously I had my theories, but the ending did come as a surprise.
One thing that I really liked about this novel was that it was a little different to the first two, in that it involved a single murder, rather than a serial killer. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the first two (there isn’t) but it’s nice when an author surprises you by doing something a little different to what you’re expecting. And don’t think that a single murder makes this a slower novel – there is still plenty of action, and the twists and turns in the investigation mean that this is just as fast-paced and enjoyable as the first two instalments.
As well as the main investigation, Amphlett also enhances the backstory that has run through the first two novels – that of Hunter’s desire to find out who tampered with evidence in an older case which resulted in a professional standards investigation and the stalling of Hunter’s career. Whilst I call it a back story, it became more prevalent in this novel, and takes a more sinister turn, and I’m hoping that this escalation means that it will be resolved in the next book in the series, Hell to Pay, which is out in November.
I really do love this series. I love the characters, and each novel in the series has been brilliantly plotted, combining police procedural with mystery thriller, meaning that whichever of these you prefer, there will be something for you in these novels. I’m really looking forward to the fourth book in the series, Hell to Pay.
Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for providing a digital copy of One to Watch.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐