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 corpses – 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 slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s 10-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 terrifying than what she’s running from.
Rowena Cooper stands in shock looking at two men in her doorway. One has a knife, the other a gun and her only thought is of her two kids.
Detective Valerie Hart has made a mistake, and that mistake is called Callum. 38 years old, working on Homicide, she is looking at photographs of murder victims and trying to work it out.
This book is very different from others of its kind that I have read, it’s as if the author has actively walked in the shoes of each of the characters and is telling their story with experience and thought. The emotion in Nell’s tale leaves the reader on tenterhooks that’s how good it is. It is terrifying, full of suspense and it’s addictive. Every time I put it down it wasn’t long before I picked it back up. It is 97 chapters of pure chill.
The Killing Lessons is hardcore. If you like your serial killer genre gutsy then this is for you.
I loved Claudia, she is a free-spirit, and ballsy. She is also a victim and her plight made me scared to be a woman.
If I have one word of advice to the reader it’s .. Breathe. This one will get you .