The Killing Lessons : Valerie Hart

  • by Saul Black
  • Narrated by Christina Delaine
  • Series: Valerie Hart
  • 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"This novel breaks brilliant. It's hard to tell what's the best part of The Killing Lessons: the sweaty-palm plot that races along like a squad car on a high-speed pursuit, the breathtaking depictions of the characters, good and bad, or author Black's inimitable style. My vote? All three." – Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek
In their isolated country house, a mother and her two children prepare to wait out a blinding snowstorm. Two violent predators walk through the door. Nothing will ever be the same.
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-women abducted, 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 quite 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.
This audiobook includes an interview with the author.

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After several Ho-Hum books, it's back to twisted, broken criminals tormenting their human prey with high octane gore.

This Audio book was very well performed, each character's voice clear and delineated from one another. The plot was a bit predictable, though quite nicely woven, exploring the psyche of the killers: a peek at the ruination of the Good committed by people who were supposed to nurture and protect the boys, now grown serial murderers. The author explores a taste of the psyche of the victims who die and the victims who will live as they are wounded, captured, and waiting for what they feel is certain death. Life well lived-- what's that?Ready to die? Fight, flight. Superhuman efforts to save others. For all that, this book has PLENTY of gore and strange twists for readers
that appreciate books such as Silence of the Lambs. There is motivation and method as the killers move along. This book won't make readers better people. But it will entertain those of us who enjoy a creepy, gory tale that probably could happen in real life.
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- Kathleen

Really really well written!!!

If you could sum up The Killing Lessons in three words, what would they be?

Engaging nailbitting fun


What did you like best about this story?

I love the way the individual character plots are woven in to each other. The people are real. The story is fightening.


Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

Vanessa is my favorite. She is uniquely likable.


Any additional comments?

The narrator does an amazing job!!!!

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- Maryellen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio