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Keeping Hope Alive

Whitley & Keal Mystery, Volume 4
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
Series: Whitley & Keal Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods is shocked when the quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across what is without question a human skull. When detectives Jean Whitley and Marty Keal are called to investigate, two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. Now, not only do the detectives have to discover the identities of all three victims, but they also have to see if the victims are somehow connected or if it’s just a coincidence all three were dumped so close together. 

While Jean and Marty search for answers, Marty’s fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Hope Rubin, is working hard to get her patient Brad Madison released from Armistace Hospital for Children, where he has been living since the brutal murder of his own parents, while trying to take care of her own personal business of planning her wedding. But then the unforeseeable happens. Hope disappears, and Brad claims he knows what happened. 

Can the disturbed boy be trusted to be telling the truth, and is Hope’s kidnapping in any way linked to the three victims found in the nearby woods? 

Marty and Jean’s search for the killer become much more desperate and horrifyingly personal when Hope is kidnapped. Will they find her before it’s too late? Or will she become another victim? Will the detectives be able to keep Hope alive?

©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Never would have guessed! -

I have just discovered a new favourite author in Dawn Kopman Whidden. I love that she writes intelligent interesting thrillers. She hooks you from the first chapter and reels you in. I loved the main characters Hope, Jean & Marty and enjoyed their background stories. I was rooting for young Brad throughout the book. I would never have guessed who dunnit! I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'm off now to buy the first three books in the series.

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Volume 4

Volume 4 is an excellent addition to this series, Well loved characters are back and gave you more insight into their busy and eventful lives!

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Dawn just keeps getting better and better

This is the fourth book in this series and I loved it more than the third which I thought was wonderful. The characters seem realist and the stories are gripping. Its an easy listening book with a gritty storyline that is not overly gory or distasteful, yet the story packs a punch and keeps you listening. I recommend the entire series for those who like easy listening with exciting stories.

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Sometimes evil is more handsome than we expect.

On the day that Brad appeared before the Judge, Detectives Jean and Marty uncovered the skeletal remains of a woman, believed to have died some 50 years before. She had been beheaded. It was three years since Marty, then just a cop, had found Brad, bloodied but calm, playing computer games in the room below his parent's bedroom where both mum and dad lay brutally beaten to death by baseball bat. Since then, Brad had been held at the Armistice psychiatric hospital under the immediate care of Dr.Hope. It was how she and Brad had met and now they were soon to be married.

Then two more bodies were found in the same area as the first. And this time they were recently dead.

Although very pleasant to resume acquaintance with characters from earlier in the series, it is not necessary to have read the earlier books to fully appreciate, Keeping Hope A!ive. The main characters are well developed and the writing good, although the occasional flip back to times past can sometimes be disconcerting. Author Dawn Kopman Whidden skilfully leads the reader through the town and list of possible suspects as the investigation to discover firstly the identity of all the victims and then the why? and by whom? of their murders is conducted in this disturbing, sometimes visceral, psychological thriller. Narration by Any Deuchler is excellent, clear, pleasant toned and with good intonation, she breathes life into all of the characters, giving each a distinctive and appropriate voice. A good performance.

I have to thank the rights holder of Keeping Hope Alive for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of the book after my request for one via Audiobook Boom. As with the earlier stories in the series it was very enjoyable, a feeling of normalcy diffusing all of the diverse protagonists until the final chapters and the denouement. Suspicions might abound but discovery of the culprit? - well, that has to remain a 'read it and see'! Recommended to fans of psychological murder mystery thrillers.

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Shocking

Another really enjoyable book in this series. I particularly enjoyed the reference to the first book and how the characters were developed. An excellent story full of surprises, the ending was a complete shock. I hope there is going to be a fifth book.

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A great crime novel

Another good instalment from this author. Not hugely keen on the way it is narrated, but that's just my personal preference. Darker and grittier would suit me better. But an excellent crime novel non the less.

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KEEPS YOU GUESSING!

At first I was a bit dubious about listening to this book as I am not usually keen on American narrators! However I soon warmed to the voice and very quickly became engrossed in the story.
I also had no idea that this book was part of a series, but that really didn’t matter as it was complete on its own. I imagine you get to learn more about the characters in the rest of the series...which I shall definitely listen to at some point.
A very clever plot and thoughtfully written ... and to me, all the characters seemed to be more normal and down to earth than in some books, which made it easier to relate to them.
As with all good murder/mysteries it kept you guessing right until the end and for once I did not guess who had done it!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone.

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Great suspense book

First I was a little worried about listening to this book since it was a part of a series. I shouldn't have worried, it is completly stand alone. The story draws you in quickly, you get very invested in the characters and the mystery. The narration was excellent. What I liked best with this book is how it was difficult to push pause, you just had to know what came next. As soon as I finished I bought Dawns other books on audio and look forward to listen to them.

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  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 06-09-18

Who-done-it?

Three bodies are discovered in the woods, two recent and one half a century old. The question is; who are they and how did they come to be there? Is there a connection between them?
Plus, of course, the traumatic opening chapter, with a girl trapped, bound and naked in the dark. The book's title hints as to who she might be, but we don't know for sure until later in the narrative.

I was happy to spend a few more hours in the company of Jean Whitley, Marty Keal, and Marty's fiance, Hope. It was also lovely to reconnect with Brad, the young boy who we met in the first book of the series. For the last four years he's been living in a correctional facility and his case has finally come before the court, requesting that he be released into the hands of his grandparents. Brad was a powerful character in the first book, but we'd heard little of him in the interim.

The resolution of the mystery cleverly combines all the characters into a complicated plot that I would never have guessed at. I had to listen to the explanation of the murders' motives a couple of times to really grasp it. I think this was complicated by the fact that people were sometimes referred to by first names and sometimes by surnames, a real challenge for my poor brain.

This is currently the last book in the series, though hopefully there will be more in the future. I found this to be the most violent of the four, probably because the target is a character who we have got to know and love through the preceding volumes. Again the narrator Amy Deuchler, does an excellent job; I forgot she was there at all.

I'm now looking forward to more episodes in the not too distant future. Marty and Hope have yet to get married and Gracie isn't going to stand by and wait too long for that to happen :)

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loved it

this is quickly becoming one of my favourite detective series I would recommend this always

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  • Donna Reynolds
  • 30-08-18

Keeping Hope Alive

This was the first book I’ve read by Dawn Kopman Whidden and I’ll definitely be reading more of her novels. Although this book is part of a series, the book is written so that it can also be read as a standalone.

The opening of the story definitely hooks you and reels you in, and as the plot unfolds the author does a good job of keeping you guessing on who the bad-guys are and what will happen next. This is not a cozy reading crime novel where the protagonist comes away un-afflicted, but that just added to the story’s allure for me and made it more real.

I recommend reading this book and fans of mystery/crime novels will enjoy this author.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 28-08-18

Keeping Hope Alive

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! Another great book that keeps you guessing and the suspense as to if the good guys will make it in time. I love this book and the author and narrator did an amazing job bringing it to life. Bring on the next!

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  • Aimee Greene
  • 26-08-18

Engaging Listen, could not turn it off

Keeping Hope Alive was a very engaging book. I had trouble putting it down. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this type of book. I was provided this book at no cost but provide this review on my own.

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  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 17-08-18

Bad timing causes confusion

The timing of this story is really bad. Events happen out of order or are omitted altogether. It's as if entire sections are scrambled or missing completely. For instance, how did the inmate get a broken jaw?

Then there's the event with the detectives in the parking lot that's totally unrelated to this story. It's just a situation thrown in out of the blue with no introduction or conclusion. There are several other examples of confusing situations, but I don't want to include any spoilers in this review.

The mystery is trite and the "bad guys" are stereotypes. Still, the main characters are interesting and worth following. And Amy Deuchler continues to perform well.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Courtney Odor
  • 21-05-19

Mystery written the right way.

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

I enjoyed this book so much. It's the fourth in the series and although it could certainly be read and enjoyed alone, I feel it would be more meaningful to read the books in order. I love these characters, they come across as real people. I was surprised and entertained throughout. I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't want it to end either. I also love that we are set up for the next mystery.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 01-09-18

okay well

I had some problems with the book and I will start with that I will not talk about problems I had with us because it will be spoiler but I did had some measure problem I don't think it touched the book very much and I felt a lot for the main character it was a great Thriller and I think it over all the book was well written and very interesting it was an enjoyable book and overall I did enjoy it very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • willee
  • 22-08-18

Decent Thriller

I enjoyed listening to the book .It was full of twist and turns and when you thought who the murderer(s) was you’re proven wrong. I was not excepting the ending. I do like the lead characters of Marty and Jean they are human detectives investigating murders when old skeletons are found then recent ones are found at same site. In this book Marty’s fiancé Hope is kidnapped a psychiatrist who helping Brad Madison get released from the hospital who then helps her. Recommend to anyone who enjoys mysteries. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. Thank you

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  • ROCKFORD WIGGER
  • 20-08-18

Keeping Hope Alive

I really enjoyed Amy Deuchler's narration. She did a great job. I will be looking for other books she narrates.

This is the first book of the series I read and had no problem reading it as a stand alone. I enjoyed the story and was sucked in from the start.

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  • Darc
  • 20-08-18

Unmarked graves

This is the 4th book of the Jean Whitley / Marty Keal thriller series, 3 of which I have read. I love that there are so many returning characters, that you are able to see how their lives progress. In this book Hope is planning her and Marty’s wedding and trying to get Brad from “A Child is Torn” discharged from institutional life allowing him to live with his grandparents. In the meantime 3 bodies are found in shallow graves. One 40 or so years old and 2 very recent. Detective Whitley and Officer Whitley get involved in the case. Hope is kidnapped, the 2 are intertwined and the outcome is surprising. I once again enjoyed this last book in the series, and with the cliff-hanger at the end, hopefully another one is in the works. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rhonda
  • 20-08-18

Couldn't get into it

I had a hard time trying to get through this book. I didn't care for the narration so I didn't even get all the way through it. I believe I would have been able to follow it more if it had been narrated by a male with a strong voice. This was a very serious book and I feel this narrator would be better suited for a cute romance instead. I got lost several times along the way and had to go back and pick up what I missed. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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