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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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text 2016-04-15 00:41
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 392 pages.
The Killing Lessons - Saul Black

c'mon, Valerie, you've gotta get these maniacs.

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