The Keeper

The Keeper Faced with seemingly unconnected murders multiplying at an alarming rate can DCI Antonia Hawkins expose the killer before she becomes the next victim The Keeper is the third instalment in the grippin

  • Title: The Keeper
  • Author: Alastair Gunn
  • ISBN: 9781405923200
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • Faced with seemingly unconnected murders multiplying at an alarming rate, can DCI Antonia Hawkins expose the killer before she becomes the next victim The Keeper is the third instalment in the gripping DCI Antonia Hawkins series, from bestseller Alastair Gunn.Let the games begin.A man is found buried in a secluded wood on the outskirts of London Naked, beaten and bruiseFaced with seemingly unconnected murders multiplying at an alarming rate, can DCI Antonia Hawkins expose the killer before she becomes the next victim The Keeper is the third instalment in the gripping DCI Antonia Hawkins series, from bestseller Alastair Gunn.Let the games begin.A man is found buried in a secluded wood on the outskirts of London Naked, beaten and bruised forensics show that he hasn t eaten in the 24 hours before his murder To DCI Antonia Hawkins it looks like a vicious, targeted attack.The hunt is on.But as bodies are unearthed in the same state, Hawkins struggles to find a pattern in the seemingly random killings as the body count continues to climb.But who is the hunter A unique kind of serial killer One that is playing a twisted game And so far the killer is the one winning .

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    1. This is a police procedural set in London and is the third in the series. This is the first one I have read and it worked remarkably well as a standalone. DCI Antonia Hawkins is an abrasive woman who lives solely for her job. She has a long suffering boyfriend, DI Mike Maguire, who works on her team. She is struggling to come to terms with an attack that almost killed her, and due to a greater focus on mental health in the police service, is being forced to see a counsellor, Sturridge. She is go [...]

    2. In all honesty, this book was just ok. It opens with a well worn scene, that of the detective avoiding talking about their post traumatic stress after being attacked by a killer in a previous book. Yawn. This set the scene for the rest of the story. It's all been done before. And better. Don't get me wrong, it's not outright bad, just unremarkable. Thanks in any case to Penguin and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

    3. Also read it here: bookbum.weebly/book-reviewNOW AVAILABLE IN THE UK!No interesting quote for this book I'm afraidThis started badly, for me. There’s nothing like starting a new detective book and being planted in the middle of a therapy session. Who would have thought a senior police officer who has enough baggage to need therapy? Well I never! That’s something I’ve only seen done 1 million times before… sigh. Thank God it picked up with the excitement afterwards because I wasn’t inte [...]

    4. The Keeper by Alastair Gunn is the 3rd in the DCI Antonia Hawkins series and the first one I have read. It was a police procedural centering around dead bodies being recovered in London. I enjoyed it, but didn't find that it gripped me as much as others I have read recently

    5. Back with Antonia Hawkins in this book 3 in the series. A series i'm really enjoying. Currently playing catch up means i've managed to read books 2, 3 and next book 4 in a short time. Being behind in a series does have some advantages, as I've enjoyed reading these books pretty much back to back.I'm slowly slowly growing to love the character of Antonia. I think the author has done a great job in creating her.Antonia has many flaws, and doesn't seem to be able to get through a case without injur [...]

    6. With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. This the 3rd book in the DCI. Antonia Hawkins series. I am sorry this was the first story without a seasonal theme for e.g. The Advent Killer or Bloody Valentine. Maybe Mr Gunn could of written Halloween Horror of The Easter Death Spree (just an idea).Antonia is back at work and now permanently promoted to DCI. She is suffering from PTSD and has been forced to see a psychologist by her boss. Antoni [...]

    7. A pretty average, standard police thriller really. Fairly well written but with a series of main characters we've all sees before. The driven female detective, her politician boss, the supportive boyfriend who worries about her and the strains of the job etc. He's American for no apparent reason and keeps referencing Big Macs or bucks just to remind us. The plot is interesting with a series of bodies found in a wood on the outskirts of London. The Keeper's back story is woven through the novel a [...]

    8. Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for the arc of this book This really was a nail biter of a thriller, it kept me intrigued until the bitter end. There were plenty of twists and turns. Each time I thought I knew what the ending would be, another little gem would be right around the corner waiting to get my mind whizzing around even more.This really is a thought provoking gripping thriller, so much so… I rate this book 5/5

    9. A gripping, intense thriller, that twists and turns to it's very clever, unexpected conclusion. I got very absorbed in this book, to the point I did not want it to end. An easy five stars in my opinion.

    10. 3 🌟 Book 3 in the DCI Antonia Hawkins series this time a serial killer is burying victims in woodland around London but how does he choose his victims and why does he keep them 24 hours before killing them?While I did enjoy this one I had spotted the twist so when it came it wasn’t a surprise.In terms of backstory I like seeing more of Hawkins personal life and I will be reading the next book in the series

    11. Fantastic!As with the previous Gunn offerings this was absorbing and thrilling from start to finish, sincerely hope we have more Antonia Hawkins in the near future

    12. This is the third book in the Antonia Hawkins series but the first one I have read and although it can easily be read as a standalone I do feel I would have benefited from reading the first two books. There are quite a few references to things that have happened in previous books but I didn’t let it spoil my enjoyment of the book and I hope I’ll be able to catch up with them soon.DCI Antonia Hawkins is a great character, she’s a worker and lives for her job but due to a brutal attack that [...]

    13. This is a well written psychological thriller with strong characters, not least troubled DCI Hawkins, who is leading the investigation into the murder.It is fast paced with a satisfactory ending.Not having read the first 2 in this series, I can't comment on those, but this is excellent as a stand alone novel.I'll get both those also to fill in the blanks.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Penguin / Michael Joseph via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    14. I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin Uk - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of The Keeper, the third police procedural to feature the newly minted DCI Antonia Hawkins and her team.Antonia Hawkins and her team are called in when two metal detectorists (makes a change from the ubiquitous dog walker) find a body buried in a shallow grave in a wood. Almost as soon as the body is identified they develop a prime suspect but this is thrown into doubt when the CSIs find two more bodies at the sa [...]

    15. There is something hiding in the forest. A man is found dead near an isolated forest outside of London. When another body is discovered a few days later, DCI Antonia Hawkins knows that she must move fast. The hunt is on. With each passing day, Hawkins struggles to find a pattern in this seemingly random scattering of murders. But who is the hunter?This is the first book I’ve read by Alastair Gunn and even though it is the third in the series, I didn’t feel this detracted from the read. It wa [...]

    16. Oh Look its another brilliant messed up Detective with a love of cars at loggerheads with their superiors about something that happened in their past, trying to hunt a serial killer whilst balancing their work, family, love life and past problems. I adore reading Crime/Thriller novels. I have read hundreds of them and unfortunately this is one that I have read many times before. Its not a bad book by a long shot and I can imagine loads of people will adore it, just not me.If you read a lot of th [...]

    17. I am quite a fan of police murder mystery books having devoured most of Peter James' offerings and all but one of Mo Hayder's books.This was sent to me as a giveaway and I have not been disappointed. I struggled a bit getting to grips with Hawkins, the investigating DCI and I felt the invasion of her home by her sister and children was irrelevant to the story and was really only there as a tool to personalise her character a bit more.Nevertheless, as the first body was discovered and then anothe [...]

    18. I hope I haven't made too much of a mistake reading this book.Only after I started did I spot that is the third book in a series featuring DCI Antonia Hawkins.Actually, the book is able to stand on its own merit.I really liked the story. I'm not sure what genre it falls into; part murder, part psychological thriller and part police procedural.It certainly doesn't disappoint. Strong on plot with plenty of twists.I give thanks to Netgalley and Penguin, for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    19. I did enjoy The Keeper but I wouldn't say it was one of my favourite books that I've read this year.The premise is very good and although this is the third book in the series and I haven't read the previous books I was still able to enjoy it and not worry that I hadn't read the previous instalments.It's the classic tale of a body being found and then as they try to solve the murder, the body count starts to increase.The characters were fairly believable but i just felt this book lacked pace.

    20. This is a mix of realistic procedural and a really (really) silly serial killer plot. Gunn writes well but honestly, the ludicrousness of the perpetrator is almost like a pastiche - more realism, less cod psychology would have raised the rating. Gunn seems better as a writer than this book overall shows.

    21. A good plot, plenty of twists and a strong female lead character. I had the feeling I had read this story before but it just felt a bit similar to other books in the genre. Not enough for it to stand out as a great read but a good holiday read.Thank you Net Galley for my copy.

    22. An enjoyable read that kept my attention. There are twists that keep you guessing. I felt sorry for Rupert finding the wrong friend it does make you wonder how Rupert would have turned out if he had better friends at such a crucial age.

    23. I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Keeper from but before I could read it I purchased the 2 prior books. Absolutely love the character of DCI Antonia Hawkins and this book did not disappoint at all. I shall certainly look out for the next installment.

    24. I really liked the first in this series but the 2nd book I didn't enjoy. Glad to say this one was back on par.

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