Reading Now: Killing Hope by Keith Houghton

Of Monsters and Men

Earlier this summer I wrote about “The Yard” by Alex Grecian, featuring detective Walter Day and thKilling Hope by Keith Houghtone creepier side of Victorian London. Grecian’s writing syle is so visual, and his characters and stories are so memorable that I couldn’t pace myself – I read the entire series back to back in a matter of weeks. That was dumb. It was fun while it lasted, but there I was, fresh out of a good crime novel. As all bookworms know, when you’ve been a fan of a genre for decades, the hunt for an attention-grabbing new author gets tougher all the time.

Then I stumbled on the crime novel “Killing Hope” by Keith Houghton. I hadn’t heard of this author before, but since the book was free on my Amazon Prime account, I decided to download it and skim the first few pages. If it wasn’t interesting, I’d just delete it.

I admit to being skeptical at the start because many of the books offered by Amazon Prime are a bit amateur, but I was hooked from the first page. Keith Houghton is no amateur. He immediately establishes himself as a strong writer with an excellent command of language and the ability to capture his readers with vivid descriptions and spellbinding scenes.

“Killing Hope” introduces Gabe Quinn, a veteran police investigator who returns to work in Robbery-Homicide after a sabbatical due to a personal tragedy. Weeks back on the job, he’s haunted by murders he hasn’t solved. He’s suspicious of everyone and sees shadows around every corner. He’s living a tortured existence where he spends his nights staring at a map of photos and details of victims of unsolved crimes plastered on his basement wall. Quinn’s not perfect. His actions aren’t always right on, but his intentions are good. Then there’s this nagging feeling that he’s overlooking something big, both on past crimes and in his personal life.

When a young girl is murdered and placed in a morbid position in the same location where he earlier discovered another child’s murder, Quinn begins to suspect that he’s the object of a very twisted killer’s fascination. He just doesn’t know why. What follows is a scary story that will leave you wanting more. Good thing this is a three-book series. I read “Killing Hope” on my Kindle, but have discovered that there is an audiobook version on It would make a great “listen.”

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