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The Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart, Bk 1)
The Killing Lessons - Valerie Hart, Bk 1
Author: Saul Black
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781250057341
ISBN-10: 1250057345
Publication Date: 9/22/2015
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 36
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Helpful Score: 2
I wanted to like this book more than I ultimately did. The central idea of the "lessons" was innovative and very scary. Black has a solid, competent writing style, even when he tends to go overboard on exposition and plot twists. For the most part, he does know how to pace events and create suspense to make a reader stay glued to the page, and how to create characters that, even when they're less than likable, are interesting to read about.

But I almost couldn't handle the level and graphic nature of the violence. Even as a confirmed thriller reader, I found Black's level of gory detail to be off-putting. It felt lingering and gratuitous, as though the author was trying for maximum shock value. Mission accomplished, as far as I'm concerned, although a better book would have resulted if he had instead concentrated on constructing a more plausible plot and refining his already well-written characters.

I'd try, cautiously, another book by Black, in the hope of finding toned down violence and a more tightly constructed story.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was SCARY! The Killing Lessons is a nail-biting thriller that is not for the faint of heart. Should appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter.
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