Book Review – Before Nightfall, by Rachel Amphlett

Posted: 28/07/2014 in Uncategorized

A fantastic book, by an exceptionally talented author.

I’ve been a fan of Rachel Amphlett’s work for a while now, and really enjoyed her Dan Taylor thrillers, White Gold and Under Fire. Her latest work, the standalone thriller, Before Nightfall, is out now and is well worth a read.

Life for business executives working in Eastern Europe is fraught with danger. The risks of kidnapping and violence are high, and in order to survive, security needs to be on the forefront of your mind. Kate Foster is a business development specialist. She’s been newly hired by Ian Heart, an electronics engineer and business tycoon, who made his fortune developing components for surface to air missiles. Now specialising in IT componentry for schools and hospitals, Heart has his eyes on the developing Eastern European markets, and that’s where Kate comes in. Like all of Hearts employees however, before she can take her place with the company, Kate needs to undertake a pre-deployment security and hostage survival course; a course that’s not meant to be easy, and one that she doesn’t handle very well.

Despite concerns raised by her trainers, Kate soon finds herself working with Heart in Istanbul. From there the reader is fast forwarded six months, and that’s when the unthinkable happens; Kate Foster is taken. Captured and held hostage by a group of violent criminals, Kate must call on all her wits, and the lessons she learned during her security training in order to survive.

Finn Scott, a former FBI hostage rescue specialist, was Kate’s trainer, and the man she must now rely on if she has any chance of being rescued. Haunted by his own demons however, Finn and his colleague Steve, race against time to locate Kate. As their investigation unfolds, so too does a complex and surprising plot, that keeps the reader guessing as one unexpected twist leads to another, and then another. Rachel Amphlett has done a fantastic job crafting an action-packed thriller that barrels along at an astonishing pace, and one that will keep you guessing until the very end. With something for everyone, Amphlett has also managed to weave a little romance into her book, but don’t worry thriller fans, the love story isn’t too mushy, and only helps to ratchet up the tension.

With Before Nightfall, Rachel Amphlett has hit her stride. This book is a winner, and I highly recommend that you check it out.

Before Nightfall


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