Killing Hope

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Phillips on 08-22-14

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'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!

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Hope on 11-15-14

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By lahna on 05-07-15

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 09-26-14

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.

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13 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Melina Draffen (Beth Kozine) on 04-06-17


So far, this is my absolute favorite book ever. It kept me on the edge of my seat from front to back. The narrator that I listened to was absolutely the best narrator I've ever heard, can't wait to read the rest of the series

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By AK Raven on 11-18-16

Great Start to a New Series

I don't always leave reviews, but feel this new series deserves a recommendation. I really like the narration by David Doersch. He is now one of my favorite narrators.

The story is long and at times a tab slow, but is worth the listen or read. You really get to know the main character as the plot develops. There are twists and turns throughout the book. May be a little far fetched but it is fiction after all.

Bottom line: I'm looking forward to starting the next book. The quality of the narrative is great! The series will be one that order matters. Worth taking a chance on a new author if you are not familiar with Keith Houghton.

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