Tuesday 16 October 2018

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Rowena Cooper lives with her two children in Colorado, and when two strangers show up in the evening, you know it's not going to end well. But not everything runs as smoothly as the strangers intend, and ten-year-old Nell, injured and terrified, runs to safety, or is that more danger?

Meanwhile Valerie Hart, in San Francisco is feeling quite despondent. Her case, involving a series of murders with bizarre markers left at each scene, is not getting any closer to being solved, and the additional people involved on the case seem to be hindering progress more than helping. The emotional baggage from a past relationship re-entering the crime scene is also not useful.
It's difficult to believe that this is a debut. I loved Nell, Valerie, and even enjoyed getting inside the minds of the murderers. The pages turned at a pleasing pace, all the way through, and the plot had me twisting and turning with it in gleeful anticipation.

A smart, taut, tick-all-the-boxes thriller.

5 stars.


You may also enjoy Snap by Belinda Bauer, Broken Ground by Val McDermid or The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George.

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