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review 2018-05-03 20:28
Perfect tension with lots of mind games
LoveMurder: A Novel - Saul Black

This can be read as a stand alone if you come across this book although it’s highly encouraged to read the first one only because it’s just as good!


This time around, Valerie doesn’t get pummelled all over the place and you don’t cringe as much when she gets hit by something (whether it’s a bullet or a hit to the head). The plot held up to the same standards as the first; fast paced, filled with scenes of gratuitous violence and some sexual content here and there. This may not be for some readers as it does get graphic but I think without it, it would be hard to describe how heinous the crimes are.


Throughout the novel, Valerie has these tete a tetes with Katherine and they’re well written. You feel the tension between them and the mind games Katherine plays are subtle and sometimes even frustrating because she’s maddingly brilliant and manipulative. You’re running along with Valerie trying to catch this killer and you follow through the chase filled with puzzles and cryptic notes and gifts (none very nice gifts either…). The killer is brilliant and when you think he’s this one person, he ends up being someone you didn’t realize and it’s  mind blowing considering who this killer ends up kidnapping.


And just when you think everything’s done there’s more extra twists happening. This is what makes this novel so quick and fast to read. You’re deeply engrossed in the plot and in the chase to find this killer but you forget he most likely has a plan B and you’re blindsided again. This is what makes this book so good!!!!!! I loved every minute of it!!!


The only concern I have is, how much more can happen in this series before this starts getting repetitive. I love the way it’s going and I hope the series can stay fresh and exciting like it’s been so far. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next, given there’s a bit of a teaser at the very last page of the book.

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review 2017-11-18 05:26
One of the better crime thrillers I've read
The Killing Lessons - Saul Black

Oh lord this book was a roller coaster ride. I’d have to say as of after reading this book, it’s been the best thriller/crime book I have read so far.


The pace of the book is pretty fast and you’re breezing through the book trying to figure out how this is going to come into play. There’s three different story arcs happening here in this book and it’s brilliant how it all came together in the end in one full circle. There plenty of moments where you’re saying to yourself; “Oh no...this is going to happen..” only something else will get in the way and you breathe a sigh in relief. This pretty much is a rinse repeat throughout the book but it doesn’t get tiring or boring. It enhances and makes the plot go faster and more exciting.


Hoo boy Xander/Leon. You are one pretty sad soul. Horrible childhood and all that is understandable but man oh man this is some brutal stuff you’re doing. Normally I cheer for the villains in most book but this one, I can’t. He’s horrible and twisted. You’re torn because you do feel pity for what he’s gone through as a child but he turned out so horribly wrong. This book is not for the squeamish for sure.


Valerie’s got my respect. She’s a total mess getting into the novel and has a lot on her plate. She faces a lot of overwhelming odds and constant pressure it’s no wonder she suffers from constant blackouts and physical reactions to stress. You almost wanted to beg her to stop and just take a breather, she’s a working machine that is endless even when her body is telling her it’s reaching the limit.


Actually you pretty much feel that way with all the characters in the book. They’re in constant emotional physical and mental anguish, they’re at their limit as to what their bodies can take but they all take it and go one step further it’s amazing how they’re still standing. I mentally begged Valerie to end it. I was just about to be in tears for all of them and the suffering they were going through.


The characters were great, the pace of the plot was excellent with a great ending to end things to a full stop. (A little weak on the explanation for Carla’s behavior, understandable but  a little extreme don’t you think?) In any case, I greatly recommend this book. It’s an excellent read.


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review 2016-07-31 13:53
La lezione - Saul Black,T. Biancardi

Inizio: 28 luglio
Finito: 31 luglio


Voto: 4 stelline

Consigliato: Si


Ringrazio la mia migliore amica per avermelo prestato e avermi impedito di ributtarmi sull'ennesimo ebook in lingua (ormai ci ho preso gusto ahahaha)
Anche questo libro mi è piaciuto molto, ho amato l'atmosfera che lo scrittore è riuscito a creare e la storia è molto intrigante ^_^ Consigliato agli amanti dei thriller

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text 2016-04-16 01:59
Reading progress update: I've read 294 out of 392 pages.
The Killing Lessons - Saul Black

well-done serial-killer novels are always disturbing and frightening, and this one is no exception. it's a relief when the chapters deal with Valerie and her hunt to find the culprits (although she's a special kind of mess thanks to what her job has done to her, so even that has a certain intensity), and when the scene shifts to Nell--a survivor of the book's macabre opening--that also has a certain calmness to it (although now there's reason to worry again...). BUT, of course, when the chapters switch over to the killers and what they are doing, it's definitely troubling stuff. okay, so...if you like The Silence Of The Lambs, or Mo Hayder books, or even In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, despite how uncomfortable it is to read this kind of thing, then you'll probably like The Killing Lessons. I'm stopping for tonight, at a point where it's crazy to stop because the tension arising out of the current situation unfolding is the type to command a reader to keep turning pages--but I'm just a little too tired to do another 100 pages, so I'll halt where there's a tiny pause before all hell breaks loose, and make it a point to leave extra reading time tomorrow morning at the coffee shop.I have no idea which characters are going to survive.

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text 2016-04-15 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 195 out of 392 pages.
The Killing Lessons - Saul Black

well, I'm a bit less worried about Nell...because it's all about saving Claudia, if that's possible.

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