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Absolutely freaking fabulous serial killer chiller! Oh man! I have read so many crime books featuring serial killer themes and this is an absolute stand-out. I wish every single book I read was this engaging, well written, exciting and chilling, that would make me one permanently happy reader. Don't you just love a book that you love from the first word to the last Yup, this was one of those.
I will try not to gush TOO much with this review but seriously this is an outstanding book and if you are a crime/serial killer chiller fan DO NOT MISS THIS ONE. I had read some of the snippets of reviews from well known authors and reviewers on the inside front and back covers and was well impressed, but took them with a pinch of salt. Turns out that they were all spot on. I really liked the quote from author Linwood Barclay "Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this." and "Black squeezes every last ounce of suspense out of this story...The Killing Lessonsis state of the art in the ever darkening serial killer genre" from The Washington Post.
The plot sizzles and shocks every step of the way. Two serial killers, horrendous rape scenes, torture and kill methodology. You will NEVER see the alphabet in the same way again. These are seriously messed up guys and you are going to love to hate them. I refuse to give too much away as this book has so much in it that spoilers could be easy to spill. Their killing spree is relentless and they are getting more and more motivated. The motive behind the killings and the back story too is was absolutely brilliant. This is intelligent fiction, not just blood and killing for the heck of it. I was addicted to this book very, very quickly.
With constant strengths all the way through in plot, character development, twists and suspenseful moments this book easily enters my long-list for my Top Ten Reads of 2016. Why did I not hear of this book last year when it was released Never mind, I have read it now and so should you!
The detective on the case is a fantastic character, she is broken, damaged, cracked and not a cookie-cutout character cop whatsoever. I absolutely loved her tenacity and realness. The book is presented from numerous points of view, smoothly integrated so that you don't get confused. It's like the events being seen from so many angles but making it so much more exciting because of it. As a reader I had a birds-eye view and it was spectacularly good.
There are difficult graphic rape/torture/kill scenes, I was fine with them as a seasoned reader of dark crime and it's nice when an author is willing to go there and make no apologies. Your heart will break a few times over and you may shout at the book, try to tell the characters what they need to hear and be page-flicking desperate to get to the next bit, the next outcome, the next scene. Bloody brilliant.
As the book barrelled to the grand finale I was totally lost in it, reality blurred and nothing was going to stop me from finishing it. SO GOOD! Hugely recommended reading, crime/serial killer fans plus those readers who love a good thriller and high suspense will no doubt love this too. I have stumbled across a few negative reviews for this and am genuinely befuddled by them and wondering if we read the same book As many know I read mostly in this genre so for this to be one of the best I have ever read is high praise indeed. 6/5 stars. My new scoring system. Math was never my best subject, English was. I will be looking for more from this author and read that the pen name Saul Black reveals another published author underneath the title so I will do some detective work myself.
Chilling, full of tension and suspense, horrifying moments, quality writing and a plot to die for!
Did I mention I really loved this book Woot!
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When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.
For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of victims–women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them–has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she’s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.
But the murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more dangerous than what she’s running from.
In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.