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
Exhilarating, Relentless, Shocking!
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is the first audio book I have listened to, so I guess that makes it the best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
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.
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.
The end, the twist. Can't say any more.
Again, the end.
Yes, each scene builds the suspense. Not necessary to listen all at once, but I would have preferred to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How the murderer stayed just ahead of Quinn.
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 .
Quinn without a doubt.
I am looking forward to the next book of the author.
The voices and the inflection that David puts into the characters brings them to life in such a way that despite some of the cliché, or annoying and over done story points, attaches you to the characters on an emotional level.
I was drawn into the world of Gabe Quinn, despite what I felt were some glaring flaws in the plot and characters. However by the time the book ended I felt let down and unfulfilled.Without giving anything away I will simply say that the ending was, for me, cliché, uninspired and over done in so many countless other books that it was beyond predictable by mid-way through. I held out hope that it would have some sort of twist or turn that would make me re-think the entire story, but alas that was not to be. I did enjoy the story, despite it being so reminiscent of 100's of others. However there was nothing spectacular to really set it apart.
I knew this was the first part of a series, but never expected it to have no ending or resolution of the horrible and disgusting plot. Most detective series have a story in each book and a major overriding theme that continues through the series.
This book gives no resolution but the death of the good (or not-so-bad) guys.
Why is it not identified as noir?
if I could stand the terrible "Tennessee" accent of the reader, I'd pay the ransom and get book 2, but I know it would be just a continuation of the same hopeless evil over good.
I was disappointed with the final twist. It didn't make sense to the story plot. There wasn't enough information leading up to it to justify it's appearance.
"Nail biting, seat gripping great!!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"Killing hope - good book"
Yes definitely enjoyed, narration was excellent
Wouldn't have changed a thing enjoyed book
Performance was excellent
An absolute roller coaster journey of twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyable book, which keeps you guessing all the way!
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.
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?
It certainly made me gasp with a few Ewww's! too!
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.
"loved this book."
I genuinely didn't have a clue who the killer was.
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.
The final scene where you find out who the killed is. Brilliant...I had absolutely no idea whatsoever.
I was shocked at the reveal.
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.
Loved this book kept you guessing to the end it was quite a twist. I'll look forward to discovering more.
"Not good as written book"
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!
Didnt finish the audio. The book ended brilliantly after a roller coaster read.
Dull, lacking emotion, boring.
I loved the book but not as audio.
Keith Houghton is a good author and Gabe Quinn a believable character, I thoroughly recommend Killing Hope and the two follow up books.
"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.
"Full of cliches with an unconvincing protagonist"
Probably not another Houghton book but Doersch was good.
I found the ending contrived and unconvincing
The narration was very well done with convincing American accents
It is left so a follow up us inevitable which seemed slightly false to me.
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.
"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................
"Does the world need another serial killer novel?"
No, cos it's now very good.
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.
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.
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