Title: The Keeper (Book #2 in the D.I. Sean Corrigan series)
Author: Luke Delaney
Publish Date: July 29, 2014
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
~ Synopsis ~
The second novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series – authentic and terrifying crime fiction with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.
DI Sean Corrigan is different to most cops. He’s no psychic, but his own dark past has given him the ability to step into a crime scene and see it through the eyes of the offender. He understands what drives a person to commit murder, rape, arson – but sometimes his gift seems more like a burden.
When the brutally murdered body of a young woman is found in the woods, Corrigan and his team are on the case. But this is not the act of a one-time offender. They’re on the trail of someone who has been taking women from their homes and keeping them captive before disposing of their bodies.
This killer is looking for the perfect woman – and when he finds her, he’s going to keep her. Whether she likes it or not…
~ Robbie’s Review ~
Thomas Keller is a pathetic little man – abused and abandoned as a child. . .the subject of ridicule and humiliation at the hands of his co-workers as an adult, he searches desperately for the one person who has ever shown him kindness. In The Keeper, author Luke Delaney effectively takes his readers into the mind of a mad man and Thomas Keller is utterly and completely mad. . .a ticking time bomb primed to explode at any moment. Keller’s ill-fated star is about to collide with that of DI Sean Corrigan, an unusual man who seems to have an almost supernatural ability to enter the mind of the killer in the crimes he investigates.
“I have to be able to think like him if we’re going to find him quickly. I . . .I know so much about him already, but there were too many gaps. I needed to know why he’s really doing this. Love? Hate? Anger? Power? Acceptance?” ~ Sean
Sean is charged with finding a missing woman despite the fact that his usual field of expertise is murder investigation. And the case suddenly turns into a murder investigation when a body is discovered, even though it’s not the missing woman. The killer seems to be taking and keeping the same woman again and again and, as if there isn’t enough pressure on Sean to solve the case , he must conduct his investigation under the most stressful of circumstances. His sergeant, Sally Jones is recovering from a traumatic and mentally crippling injury which may have left her unfit for duty, his wife Kate is pressuring him to move to New Zealand to make a better life for his family and DI Corrigan is saddled with a bête noir in the very attractive form of Anna Ravenni-Ceron, a criminal psychiatrist, whose help he neither wants nor needs.
This book is terrifyingly gripping. I absolutely could not put it down! It doesn’t just take us into the mind of the killer, but even more chilling….we are forced to enter the minds of the victims. We sense their fear. . .
Louise remembered he had called her Sam too. I’ve come to take you home, Sam. Just like I promised I would. She felt the sickness rising in her stomach, the foul, bitter bile pushing up through her throat and into her mouth. They were replacements for someone else – replacements for whoever the hell Sam was.
their determination to survive…
“But if I’m going to die, if I’m never going to see my husband again, when the truth of what’s happened here comes out, I want him to know that I tried, I fought back, I wasn’t meekly slaughtered like some farmyard animal. I want him to be proud of me. I want him to know.” ~ Louise
and ultimately their hopeless acceptance of their fates.
Her pain and terror weren’t going to be over quickly, in a place she had no fear of. No, he was going to take her away from here, to a place she could only imagine the horror of. A place she might never leave, alive or dead.
I highly recommend The Keeper to readers who are hooked on psychological thrillers. The book is well-written, the plot is complex and the characters exceptionally well-developed. There are a lot of twists and turns along the road and an ending that is both satisfying and titillating. Don’t turn off the lights. . .especially if your name is Sam! :-D
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
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Luke Delaney Q & A
Can you tell us a little about yourself? Cofffee Books & Art
I guess I’m older than I am younger – married with a bunch of kids and I live in the UK. I was a cop in London for almost seventeen years – most of it as a detective investigating any and all crimes you could imagine. I retired early due to the poor wages and working conditions which is a shame because I loved it. It was my true calling I think. Now I write novels, look after kids and few other things too. Not as much fun, but the pay sure is better.
Can you tell us about your book The Keeper, and what influenced you to write this specific story? Mythical Books
The book is all about victims and how different people react to being one. Even the bad guy in The Keeper is a victim, which in truth is how it really works out to be. Truly evil men are few and far between and I just wanted to show that most killers are created by their own tragic pasts. It was a reaction to constantly seeing the mob calling for murderers and paedophiles to be publically hung or electrocuted. All that stuff leaves me cold.
What would D.I. Sean Corrigan think of author Luke Delaney? a good book can change your view for life
Because Luke Delaney was actually a real detective I think Corrigan would at the very least respect him, although he doesn’t really seem to like anyone that much. If Delaney hadn’t been a cop then Corrigan wouldn’t give him the time of day and would resent someone who hasn’t done the job for real writing about it and making money out of it. He’s a bit of a stickler for that sort of thing.
How did you choose the genre you write in or did it choose you? Room With Books
It chose me. My dad always used to say that the best writers write about what they know about – so it was always going to be crime fiction for me – to start with anyway.
What would the theme song for The Keeper be? Eskimo Princess Book Reviews
Easy! Jeremy by Pearl Jam! The perfect song for The Keeper. I actually tried to use the lyrics for the song in the book, but Pearl Jam couldn’t agree to agree to let me, so I had to compromise. Shame!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Book Groupies
I think my favorite bit in the book is actually in a section of chapter 6, page 185-192 when Corrigan quizzes the rather hapless Neighborhood Watch guy – Douglas Levy. In those few pages you can learn all you need to know about Corrigan: Determined, but dark. Intuitive, but merciless.
Do you work with an outline or just write? orchard book club
I always plan quite meticulously – to test the story line’s strength and to make any plot changes easier i.e. make them before you start writing, otherwise things can get very confusing.
If you could describe the DI Sean Corrigan series in 3 words what would they be? Trina’s Tantilising Tidbits
Authentic. Uncompromising. Challenging.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in a way either growing up or as an adult? Deal Sharing Aunt
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris – without a doubt the best crime fiction book I’ve still ever read. The first time I read it I was a young cop and the accuracy of the atmosphere portrayed in it blew me away. It’s my benchmark book and the one I’m always trying to equal.
You’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or dead. All Blogs
Thomas Harris for sure, then probably JD Salinger and Graham Greene.
~ About the Author ~
Luke Delaney joined the Metropolitan Police Service in the late 1980s, and his first posting was to an inner-city area of South East London notorious for high levels of crime and extreme violence. He later joined the Criminal Investigations Department, where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.