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?"
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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