Review: The Killing Lessons by Saul Black


Review: The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Adult Mystery/Thriller

Rate: 3/5

This is a crime novel written by “Saul Black” which is the pseudonym of Glen Duncan. I was really excited to read this as I have never read any of his books before and it’s been a while since I have read any kind of mystery or crime thriller.


It was an assault to the senses this book. It did get very graphic at some points and when it involved children you just wanted to close your eyes but had to keep on reading.

It starts off as two men entering the home of a woman and her two children. Your doors will always be locked after you read what happens there. After the events in the first home, you meet the lead detective involved in trying to solve multiple murders to women. All of these women have been found dead, with objects in their horrific wounds. The cop Valerie, has her own issues as well which doesn’t help when trying to solve a high-profile case.

You not only get the point of view of Valerie but also of the killers Xander and Paulie. As well as other characters that come and go throughout the book. It makes it interesting  as you get to see what is going through everyone’s minds as these things are happening.

There are some parts of this book that are nail-biting and you are on the edge of your seat. You keep turning the pages because you want to figure out exactly what is going to happen. These parts are amazing and if the whole book was like this it would have gotten a 5/5.

The only issues I have with this novel is the fact there are so many characters. It seems some of the chapters are thrown in with different characters that you hear about but in reality does not have any real impact to the story. It could have been left out of the book and the story could have kept up more pace this way.

If you love thrillers or any kind of crime novels this book is for you. I will be checking out more of his books and letting you know in future posts what I think of those as well.