Gone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett


Gone to Ground

21st September 2018 – 5/5 stars.

You’re always guaranteed something intriguing, original and a little bit different when Kay Hunter investigates a murder.

Gone to Ground begins with the gruesome discovery of an amputated foot in a layby. It’s quickly followed by more body parts at the local tip, posing all manner of questions to Kay and her team. Do the parts belong to one victim or more? Who are they? Is a serial killer at work?

With a lack of evidence, it’s a difficult and slow investigation for newly promoted Kay and her close-knit team, which is on fine form in this outing. But once some progress is made, the pace picks up to deliver a satisfying climax that ties up all the loose ends.

Like any series, it’s best to start at the beginning and watch the characters develop with each story, but this works fine as a standalone, offering insights into the challenges and adventures faced during previous investigations.

Rachel Amphlett never fails to offer entertaining crime fiction with intriguing plots, a welcome sprinkling of humour and down to earth characters you believe in and root for. I have thoroughly enjoyed every Kay Hunter novel and can’t wait for her next outing.

5/5 stars.


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

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