The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

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Thanks to Macmillan Publishers and Goodreads for the giveaway, The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (audiobook cd)!  I have never listened to an audio book before, but I can see that I will be “reading” books more through this option.  I enjoyed being able to have my eyes and hands free to work on craft projects, so I was able to get twice the work done!

I began listening to the cd’s on the evening that I received them-November 3rd.  I now realize that audio books take much more time for me to “read” than a regular book or ebook.  I had to be alone in the room to listen, with other editions I can read while other people are in the room with me or while they are watching television, such as my husband watching a football game.

The first chapter dove right into the story and reminded me instantly of the elegance, creativity and realism of the writing of Stephen King.  Two criminals break into a home of a single mother who has two children.  The story revolves around the narrative of thoughts of these criminals, the mother and daughter and several other characters.   Descriptive writing brings the reader into each character’s mind and world.  The murderers don’t seem to feel emotion or pain unless it is their own, which is scary and completely horrible, but probably par for the course with these situations.  The Killing Lessons is intense to the very end.

I also enjoyed the author interview at the end of the audio book.  Saul Black shared the beginnings of his story and what he related to while writing.  Very interesting and it sounds as though we will hear more about Valerie, the detective, in the future!

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