The Hope That Kills

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2 out of 5 stars
By Julie Jones on 04-13-17

A waste of time

The lead detective is plagued by problems with acid reflux and, in tense moments, hearing drums in his head. These issues are referred to constantly. The story appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill police procedural, but takes a turn toward the absurd (not intentionally) toward the end. My advice: don't bother.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 01-24-17


Just simply over done. Repetitiveness became unbearably annoying until you don't care about any of the characters.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 09-08-16

Riveting whodunnit set in UK

Protagonist is divorced 42-year DI with a past that continues to haunt him and affect his past relationships (with estranged ex-wife, widowed father) and police colleagues. He checks the system daily to see if the 10 year old case of his kidnapped 8-year old daughter, Chloe, has developed any leads, a case his retired policeman father is also doggedly pursuing.
Despite his past, Fenchurch is a not morose, but an intriguing character, who listens to Morrissey, attends football matches with his father and chastises his colleagues for not shielding a victim from onlookers at the first crime scene. He is sympathetic without dipping into pathos.
I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, as I quickly tired of the refrain "same as it ever was" (the author must love Talking Heads) and the ending, which I found a bit far-fetched.
Michael Page, a seasoned narrator, is a favorite of mine and does not disappoint here. He handles a variety of accents, from the posh private school to the Scottish brogue aptly and doesn't sound like a cartoon character when he voices the female characters, as so many male narrators do.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 01-16-17

Unlikely story line' poor narration.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Would definitely change the narrator and put a few pauses between spoken phrases, and, either make no attempt to "act" the story - just read it, or get a reader who can produce different and distinct character voices.

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

In general,it was a bit ridiculous. Plot was over contrived and got worse as the story progressed.

How could the performance have been better?

See prior comments.

Could you see The Hope That Kills being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not likely a movie or TV series, story was just not good enough

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Maine Knitter on 07-31-17

Quite good

I liked this more than I thought I would. Great start to a new series.

I like Fenchurch and the cast of characters in his CID unit. Even his boss. The story was good and Michael Page is a great narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By F. O. Sanders, Jr. on 11-07-16

Very enjoyable!

If you could sum up The Hope That Kills in three words, what would they be?

Frightening, timely, provacative

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hope That Kills?

The police raid on the chalets.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Simon caught up with Doctor Vaughn.

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

Several good laughs... I love English, Irish and Welsh humor. Touching but not to the point of crying.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book, and intend to read more in this series. Brilliance Audio does a great job of producing quality audio books.

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