A damp, dark cellar holds two cages. And for the women behind the bars, their worst nightmares are about to come true . . .
When Louise Russell goes missing from her home, D.I. Sean Corrigan from South London's Murder Investigation Unit immediately senses foul play. For Corrigan's own dark childhood has given him the ability not only to recognize evil in those who prey upon the innocent, but also to see a crime scene from the eyes of the perpetrator.
Though Corrigan has no doubts that Louise was taken against her will, he believes she's still alive. But time is running out, especially when a body is found dumped in the woods—a woman who's a dead ringer for Louise. How long before Louise's captor gets tired of her and replaces her with another lookalike? How long before they find Louise's corpse next?
Now, in order to track a psychopath, Corrigan must place himself in the mind of a killer. For it is only there that the twisted secrets of a murderer lie.
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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 CID, where he investigated murders ranging from those committed by fledgling serial killers to gangland assassinations.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A psychopath who collects girls...unfortunately such monsters appear in real life and operate their horrid prisons right under the nose of neighbors, even family. So Thomas Keller in Luke Delaney's "The Keeper" is not beyond the pale, a creature simply of fantasy- his evil brethren are well represented in the criminal population. When Louise Russel goes missing Detective Inspector Corrigan, on the scent like a bloodhound, is able to insinuate himself into the mind of a killer, to smell his aura, to realize s he must track down a psychopath before Louise is killed. Thomas Keller, kidnapper and sociopath, collects girls and locks them in cages in his cellar. He is looking for the perfect woman, a woman reminding him of a mysterious “Sam” from his murky past. He brutally discards those who don't measure up. Yet Keller is a bit too quirky to be believable, as though he were playing a role, the role of a serial killer, taking Serial Killer 101 I am not sure why this book does not grab me. We know who the perp is, right from the beginning but neither mystery or suspense carries the reader along. Corrigan as the protagonist really never gels as a personality. His sidekick, Detective Sergeant Sally Jones, is fleshed out more completely. Actually I found some of the police proceedings more interesting than the characters or the story, such as how to break into a locked car and examine in it inch by inch for clues. Perhaps I am thirsting to get back to the Victorian era with Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper, London fogs and eerie gaslights. That is not exactly fair to author Delaney and “The Keeper”but I tried to immerse myself in his novel but more or less just got wet my big toe.
First, let me say, I enjoy a great mystery and I can enjoy a psychological thriller. I got both with this read, but it was almost too graphic for me. I wanted to read The Keeper because I was really drawn to the character of Sean Corrigan in the first of the series, Cold Killing. I really wanted to learn more about him in book two and I did from a minimal perspective. As I read I felt we got to know DS Sally Jones better as she had more of an opportunity to overcome, heal and grow. Now this was told from multiple points of view, from the police/detective squad, to the "keeper" or villain to the victims. Only in one spot of the book did I have trouble transitioning from one point of view to the other. In my opinion, chapters were way too long for the horror and weight of the crimes involved. Now for the villain. Wow...did my heart break for a little boy abandoned by his mother and unwanted by every individual he encountered. Abused by the adults that were supposed to protect him, never receiving the help from the adults that could have provided him assistance, never having learned compassion from anyone around him, or how to deal with the anger growing inside of him...with the exception a twelve year old girl who accepted him until he crossed a line.....what a horrible childhood that led to an even worse adulthood. How could anyone have turned out differently given Thomas Kellar's circumstances? Although he made my skin crawl right along with his victims', the one thing that became evident as not fitting was that he had been to his one true love's house, stolen her Black orchid perfume, her skin lotion, and some clothes, for his replacements of her. Why didn't he just take Samantha Shaw? I guess I needed to have Delaney spell that out for me to comprehend. This was a thriller, and a gripping one at that. I so wanted Louise Russell to be a survivor. It was horror and fearful, disgusting and sad and so full of indescribable emotions. As the reader I felt everyone of them and for me, that is the character of a good writer....if they make you feel what their characters are evoking.
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. 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. . .their determination to survive...and ultimately their hopeless acceptance of their fates. 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