Summary From Goodreads-
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--abducted women, 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 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.
I really enjoyed reading The Killing Lessons. Sometimes I am just in the mood for a good, fast-paced, crime/thriller, and this book totally hit that spot. The story grabbed me from page one and the suspense never let up. I did not have a single moment that I was bored. I had to keep going and see what would happen to the characters. The small splash of a survival story in there added to that a little bit too.
I was really surprised how many characters perspective's the book had, and yet all of them were very fleshed out. Which is hard to pull off where there are so many POV's! I think I was most interested in Valerie's POV though. There was just something about her having a few issues, and you almost want to dislike her, but she just keeps on trying to solve the case and that made her so likable. I liked Nell a lot too and boy is she a fighter!
The only thing I can say I didn't particularly care for was the Carla story line. I thought it would have been better if her story line had gone a different and less predictable way. Luckily it was such a small part of the book that it didn't make that much of a difference.
Overall The Killing Lessons is a pretty solid and suspenseful crime/thriller. I don't think it added anything crazy or new to the genre, but the story is interesting and well executed.
I recommend The Killing Lessons to anyone who loves a good crime thriller and to fans of popular suspense/thriller writers such as James Patterson.
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