Monday, January 11, 2016

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

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I got this weird email from Goodreads one day and it said that my favorite author Jeffery Deaver enjoyed The Killing Lessons. Now I thought this was a little odd because anytime you hear someone enjoyed the killing lessons your first thought might be to buy more locks for your door, espcially if that person is your neighbor. Turns out the email was a review of the book by my favorite author of all time Jeffery Deaver. He had some great things to say about this book and as a good fan I jumped at the chance to add this to my to-read list. Well I finally got around to reading this and I really enjoyed it. 

This book follows different characters through the whole story. The constant switching from points of view can be a bit frustrating at times but it wasn't enough to deter my enjoyment. The main plot revolves around our two serial killers, an emotionally damaged detective, and two of the most recent victims. It can get a bit confusing at times but the way these weave together was impressive. I had a hard time stopping when I was listening to this. The suspense is consistent throughout and I was happy to see that a book I felt I took a chance on turned out to be worth it.

We as readers tend to find authors we like and then we base our reading habits off of those authors. Every book we then read is stacked up against our favorite authors and rated accordingly. My favorite author said this book was great and full of suspense so I chose to read it. Still, even though I knew my favorite author, Jeffery Deaver, liked this book why did I still compare every aspect of it to the Bone Collector or Cold Moon? I worried that this book wasn't going to be as good as I had hoped because it was new and I took a chance. Am I alone in this? Do you reading this review base your book choices on your favorite authors and their style? I tend to stick with mysteries like Jeffery Deaver's style and horror novels like Stephen King's.

I got off track here and I'm sorry about that. The long and the short of this post is I really liked this book and have a hard time describing why. It was suspenseful and engaging and I couldn't wait to read more.  For fans of mysteries and suspense I would highly recommend this book. I did get confused at the shift in character perspective from time to time but over all I feel comfortable giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would read another book by Saul Black. I'll keep my eyes open for futre works.   

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