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Killing Hope: Gabe Quinn Thriller, Book 1 | [Keith Houghton]

Killing Hope: Gabe Quinn Thriller, Book 1

"Celebrity Cop" Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He's raw, but resolved to catch a serial killer stalking the streets of two major cities. With cryptic clues left at each crime scene, Gabe is faced with the seemingly impossible task of piecing together the bizarre puzzle - following signs that point toward a killer whose motive questions everything he believes in..."If you could save a million lives by taking one...would you?"
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Publisher's Summary

One man stands in the way of countless deaths...

One man will try to stop him...

Only one will succeed...

"Celebrity Cop" Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He's raw, but resolved to catch a serial killer stalking the streets of two major cities. With cryptic clues left at each crime scene, Gabe is faced with the seemingly impossible task of piecing together the bizarre puzzle - following signs that point toward a killer whose motive questions everything he believes in ...

"If you could save a million lives by taking one ... would you?"

©2011 Keith Houghton (P)2014 Keith Houghton

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    J. Phillips 08-22-14
    J. Phillips 08-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Fast Paced Thriller!!!"
    If you could sum up Killing Hope in three words, what would they be?

    Exhilarating, Relentless, Shocking!


    What other book might you compare Killing Hope to and why?

    This is a crime thriller which some compare to the likes of James Patterson. And while I think that is a good comparison to explain to you the type of book this is, I personally feel that this book far exceeds Patterson or any other writers I've read in this genre. In fact, it is hands down the best thriller of its kind that I have read. Easily the best! I read the book first on Kindle and was overjoyed to find out it had been made into an audible book. In fact, this book is the very reason that I finally started an audible subscription! Just like the first time I read the book, I was so sad when it was over because I wanted it to never end! The ending is shocking and mind blowing which is not something that can be said of many other books in this category. It is unforgettable and I can't wait until books 2 and 3 of this series also come to audible. I will definitely be buying them the day they come out.


    What about David Doersch’s performance did you like?

    Having read the Kindle book first, it was really fun to hear good ole Gabe Quinn come to life! I enjoyed his gruff, Southern accent and thought David Doersch did a great job with all the characters and he certainly did this book justice with his performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What really stood out to me pretty much immediately when reading/hearing this book is the way Keith Houghton describes the scenes. He does it in a way that really makes you feel like you're right there with Detective Quinn! The weather, the atmosphere, the setting...it's all l laid out in great detail without an over-abundance of words. That is what certainly impressed me right away. He is able to capture a moment and a feeling so descriptively, yet so concisely that it's a very noticeable and striking contrast to most books I've read.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of this book literally had my head spinning. I just COULD NOT BELIEVE what I was reading! I had read a long string of crime thrillers prior to picking up Killing Hope and since I almost always guess the end of such books, I was so sure I knew who the killer was in this one too. That is, until the ending actually came and practically hit me over the head like a ton of bricks! It was such a great thrill to be genuinely flabbergasted and gobsmacked!

    I cannot recommend this book enough and I highly encourage everyone to pick up this audible book and also the Kindle edition. You'll be left wanting more and thankfully there are 2 more to dive right into on Kindle - Crossing Lines and Taking Liberty. Hopefully those will soon follow on audible. Unbelievably, Keith's books just get better and better. I have no idea how he does it and I'm so happy to have discovered this wonderful writer. I feel a slight tinge of jealousy for people who are reading Killing Hope for the first time!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Hope 11-15-14
    Hope 11-15-14
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    "A gripping story"
    Where does Killing Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I have listened to, so I guess that makes it the best.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is full of twists and turns, Gabe Quinn is a great lead character, he is a flawed person, not some perfect super-cop like some books and movies have for their lead. You never know just what Gabe or the killer, will do next.


    What does David Doersch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David Doersch does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life, he breaths personality into every one of the characters in the book in a way that can be hard to imagine if you are reading it yourself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although the book is a crime story, there were moments while I was listening that I found myself having a little chuckle at some of the lighter or funnier parts of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the reviewers of the book have complained that the book leaves loose ends, I don't mind that, I very much enjoyed the book, there is two more books in the series so far and I have read those, the loose ends are what leave way for the additional stories. Besides, since when does real life wrap everything up neatly with a bow at the end of a week or month?
    If you enjoy a good mystery then this audio book is for you, it is a good mystery right up to the end, as it keeps you guessing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Great until the ending destroyed all hope!"

    This was indeed a fast pace thriller I liked very much until the end. In fact, the end made no sense, causing to me feel sure I'd missed something important. I was giving it at least 4 stars for great characters and good police work, but the ending ruined the whole experience for me.

    David Doersch was excellent as the narrator.

    Despite the two stars, I'll definitely give the author a second shot.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mary E aka Lockette Minneapolis, MN 09-19-14
    Mary E aka Lockette Minneapolis, MN 09-19-14
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    "Love This Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Hope to be better than the print version?

    They are both fantastic, an edge of your seat thriller. Maybe the audio is a bit better because the reader makes it more real, adds a wonderful aspect, with just the right regional accent to pull you into the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Hope?

    The end, the twist. Can't say any more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, each scene builds the suspense. Not necessary to listen all at once, but I would have preferred to.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this author's work and listening to it adds another great aspect to the story, making it easier to "see" the scenes in your imagination. Great beginning to a wonderful series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lahna 05-07-15
    lahna 05-07-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Intriguing throughout"

    This was much better than I expected. I could not put it down. I listened to the audible version, which I think really brings out the best of this book. My only complaint is that there was a lot of killing, but then, it is a detective story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 12-18-14
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Good book"
    What did you love best about Killing Hope?

    How the murderer stayed just ahead of Quinn.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was good the first half, awesome the second half. There is more going on and the cops think they know who it is, but don't .


    Which character – as performed by David Doersch – was your favorite?

    Quinn without a doubt.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next book of the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-13-15
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Loved Quinn, Hated Loose Ends and WILD Ending"

    Gabe Quinn is a good cop with demons. I loved following his progress through an impossible man-hunt and getting to know the secondary characters. This is the sort of book that makes me hate arriving home (when I have to turn off the engine and turn off my audio book).

    HOWEVER, I was annoyed numerous times. The tragedy that precedes this book (something that happened to Gabe) is not explained well, and the ending is ridiculous.

    (Mild spoiler here:) A good mystery holds out some hope that the reader will figure it out, or figure part of it out. But this ending pulled a NEW character out of thin air and slapped him into the closing chapters. The author should have given some teeny hint, or some sub-plot that would make the ending more sensible.

    I admit that I liked the character and the writing style enough to order book 2. I hope that Mr. Houghton will not disappoint me.

    Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C.C. 02-03-15
    C.C. 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"

    Maybe a little bit cheesy at times and wasn't mind blowingly fantastic, but really well written, and performed. I was very drawn to the characters, even the minor characters, and found myself really wanting to get to know them better. Immediately ordered the second in the series upon finishing this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 01-08-15
    Dawn 01-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't care for it..."
    What would have made Killing Hope better?

    Too many story lines in play, could have used some restraint


    What was most disappointing about Keith Houghton’s story?

    The ending came out of nowhere and didn't make a lot of sense


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did enjoy the performance. David Doersch creates the various characters very vividly


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in a new series - I don't think I will be following it

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    iris 09-22-14
    iris 09-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult to Start"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabe... but... This guy never seemed to shower or have any personal hygiene. There were references to opportunities to clear this up. By the end I was repelled by the character. ???


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was very difficult to get into. The narrator at times was completely monotone. I had hoped this was for effect; but nope. I like the story a lot however. A different narrator would make this a terrific listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    8/3/14
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    "Killing hope - good book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes definitely enjoyed, narration was excellent


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Wouldn't have changed a thing enjoyed book


    What about David Doersch’s performance did you like?

    Performance was excellent


    Was Killing Hope worth the listening time?

    Yes definitely


    Any additional comments?

    None

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    BRIDLINGTON, United Kingdom
    7/26/14
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    "loved this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Killing Hope the most enjoyable?

    I genuinely didn't have a clue who the killer was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story flowed and moved at quite a good pace. No unnecessary padding to make the story longer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be watching out for further stories from Keith Houghton.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final scene where you find out who the killed is. Brilliant...I had absolutely no idea whatsoever.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was shocked at the reveal.


    Any additional comments?

    I can definitely highly recommend this audio book it kept me gripped. I listened to it over a two day period. Wish he'd written more. I'll be watching out for any new novels. Thank you Keith for keeping me entertained.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
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    12/16/14
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    "Nail biting, seat gripping great!!"
    What did you like most about Killing Hope?

    This has to be the best audio book I have listened to by far. When we read a book for the first time, at some subconscious level we make assumptions about the characters we encounter, the type of people they are, their accents and even the way they look. If the author is as skilled, as Mr Houghton undoubtedly is, then it becomes much easier to envisage the faces and mannerism of the characters. With the help of Mr Doersch on the audio they paint a full 4D picture of the characters and their changing surroundings. Molding them into real people we can relate to, with quirky character traits and flaws. This all adds to the listening experience giving us "people" we can believe in and locations we can almost reach out and touch. Killing Hope is a wonderful journey we take with Gabe at a good pace, speeding up when necessary until at break neck speed it plunges down to the final conclusion leaving us gasping for more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are so many great characters in this book it is literally packed with original yet familiar types that keep our interest and deserve us rooting for them or not depending on which character we look at but I guess for me it would have to be the main character Gabe Quinn. He is pure gold for Mr Houghton. Every author's dream must surely be to create such a believable and charismatic character as him. He has the full package. A tough cop who's got that vulnerable side we all can relate to and secretly love. We know he's flawed by life and often playing catch up to the killer but we also know he'll get there in the end and most importantly, take us step by step with him. He's the guy we can trust and as this compelling story unfolds, we happily grab Gabe's hand and travel from state to state following the clues.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were several of course but I guess if I had to choose it would be the final scenes which I won't spoil. Having said that, Mr Houghton has such a powerful command of the descriptive that every scene is laid out before you with such conviction and detail that you feel you could almost close your eyes and in a leap of faith, step forward into the streets of Vegas or the suburbs of Los Angeles.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again there were several. I don't want to say to much to spoil it for others but the book was so well written that anyone who is capable of empathy can feel the emotions coursing through the characters. From the killer as a child and his journey to Gabe and the profound loss that will never leave him. Every very human characteristic is laid bare and touches those of us that have empathy with the characters. This is a skill not all authors possess but Mr Houghton has in spades.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Doersch was the perfect narrator. His accents enhanced the characters and kept them true to Mr Houghton's descriptions. Once I heard the audio and that wonderful Southern droll then the brilliant Matthew McConaughey popped into my mind and everything fell into place. When they do the movie he would be perfect! I would like to end my review by wishing Mr Houghton every success for the future. Having been lucky enough to find the Gabe Quinn family, I feel part of a very select club. To be in at the start of this brilliant authors career is like buying into Apple when most people thought, Granny Smith!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nico Riley
    Bucks, UK
    11/27/14
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    "Superb!"
    What did you like most about Killing Hope?

    An absolute roller coaster journey of twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyable book, which keeps you guessing all the way!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Hope?

    Now that is a hard question! There were so many great moments that I can't put it down to just one memorable moment... Read the book or list to the Audible version - you will NOT regret it.


    Have you listened to any of David Doersch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't and I did find the read more enjoyable than the audible version. The overall story is so brilliant that I can't take away points, but unfortunately I did personally find David Doersch lacked emotion in his voice, everything seemed to be read on a 'level' and yes I know he was reading a script, but I think its best to try and add to the suspense with your performance in the reading?


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It certainly made me gasp with a few Ewww's! too!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Keith Houghton's writing style and love the idea of the audible book, but think perhaps a different narrator would be better. It is certainly great to have the choice to listen / read. A great thing to have a book read to you when you're driving to while away your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynaire
    UK
    11/26/14
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    "Not good as written book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read Killing Hope and enjoyed it immensely and was given the opportunity to have it as an audio book. This was my first audio book but as I listen to radio I expected a similar pleasant experience However I found the narration so lacking in emotion and lack-lustre it ruined the story completely. The voice, with a kind of American south accent, was dull, he sounded bored to tears. I didnt finish the audio, unlike when I read the book I couldnt put it down. Having read the book already had nothing to do with not finishing the audio as I often read books more than once. Buy the book - it's a cracking read!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didnt finish the audio. The book ended brilliantly after a roller coaster read.


    What didn’t you like about David Doersch’s performance?

    Dull, lacking emotion, boring.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the book but not as audio.


    Any additional comments?

    Keith Houghton is a good author and Gabe Quinn a believable character, I thoroughly recommend Killing Hope and the two follow up books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Graeme from Preston
    7/30/14
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    "Full of cliches with an unconvincing protagonist"
    Would you try another book written by Keith Houghton or narrated by David Doersch?

    Probably not another Houghton book but Doersch was good.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found the ending contrived and unconvincing


    What does David Doersch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration was very well done with convincing American accents


    Do you think Killing Hope needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is left so a follow up us inevitable which seemed slightly false to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I took exception to the vast number of gumshoe cliches spouted by the lead character. Even "my mouth tasted like something had creapt in and died." It forced me to re-read a Raymond Chandler for wisecracks which still seem fresh.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    5/4/15
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    "Does the world need another serial killer novel?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, cos it's now very good.


    What three words best describe David Doersch’s performance?

    Melodramatic
    American
    Earthy


    Could you see Killing Hope being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, like so many other books of this style it seems to h ave been written with an eye on the big screen. Maybe Jack Nicholson could even make it reasonable.


    Any additional comments?

    An ok book really . The usual serial killer stuff so popular at present but it has a touch of
    Noir at times that I quite like . Sadly this is not sustained and it descends into pulp all too often If it lack originality it is easy light listening, good for gardening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs H
    4/19/15
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    "All rounder"

    Loved this book kept you guessing to the end it was quite a twist. I'll look forward to discovering more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Charles H. Arnold
    Surrey, UK
    3/9/15
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    "Slow start but great ending."

    This is a great listen and thoroughly recommended. There are lots of surprises, some deliberately held back, like when he finds something which has an emotional effect on him, but we're not told what it is until later and some are totally unexpected especially at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Great Horwood, United Kingdom
    7/28/14
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    "Killing Me With Dullness!"

    As predictable as a night following day! You will find more depth in a puddle. This has been written with straight to DVD film in mind. Please don't pen book 2 Mr Houghton because I already know the story line................

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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