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Killing Season

(Killing Season #1-3)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,420 ratings  ·  380 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman delivers an electrifying novel of suspense as a young man’s investigation into his sister’s death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer.

He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.

The more you know, the more there is to fear…

Four years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the
Paperback, 704 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Bettina Yes, correct. I just read it ... one big book - nearly 900 pages, but in three sections. I was interested in the review you mentioned. Not sure how to…moreYes, correct. I just read it ... one big book - nearly 900 pages, but in three sections. I was interested in the review you mentioned. Not sure how to access it. Quite enjoyed it, but I found it felt like a YA fiction.(less)
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Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks
My mother taught me If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all . ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
ugh, ugh, ugh!

This is not the worst book I ever read but it is the second worst one. What a bunch of junk and it got junkier the further you go into the 700+ pages. The one good thing that can be said of this book is that it is a most effective sleeping aid.

What the heck were you thinking, Ms Kellerman?
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Killing Season

Years ago, as an early fan of Jonathon Kellerman, I decided to give his wife, Faye, a try. I reasoned that a good author would be attracted to another good author. In the case of Ms. Kellerman, this was not the case. I abandoned the book — whatever it was — early. But yesterday in the library, I saw she had a new book out and thought I’d try again, this time thinking she may have grown as a writer.

I’m sad to report she hasn’t. This book is a mess: the writing (and editing) are
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Truthfully, I am surprised at all of the negative reviews for this book. It is not as good as her long-standing series featuring Rina Lazarus & Peter Decker. Instead, this book is about teenagers and, in particular, Ben Vicksburg, whose 16-year old sister was raped, murdered, and buried when he was much younger. He has sworn an oath to make the killer pay for his deed. With this as his singular focus, he has abandoned his friends, and spends most of his time researching other cases. He's a ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh! Awful! The teen dialog was almost unreadable and very unrealistic! Did they publish the unedited 1st draft by mistake?
Christy R
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Where was the editor? This nearly 700 page book about teenage angst, filled with overused metaphors, and sexual interludes unrelated to the limited plot, was by far the worst book by this author. If I could award it a negative rating I would. Avoid at all costs.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Killing Season. May I give it more stars?

I have enjoyed Faye Kellerman's novels since her very first. As all series do - they became formulaic and I think she may have thought this too. She left behind her Decker books and went to a place she knows well. New Mexico. And in this setting between Santa Fe and Albuquerque she created one of the most polished and beautifully written novel/thrillers in her career. It was big - over six hundred pages and it was dense and it was her best - one of
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much like a young adult novel for my taste...
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I used to love both Kellermans writing, Faye the best. However this book was terrible. The main character was unbelievable. I have teenagers, one of which has worked with police through the school system. I know how it works, even with obsessions.
This must have been a first draft mistakenly sent to be published. Words left out, poor spelling, and details not matching all lead to my theory.
Maybe this was a way for her to try to bring in a younger audience? I don't know. I definitely prefer Pete
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this book in the mystery section of the library with thriller written across the front. Since I like Faye Kellerman's Decker/Lazarus series, I thought I'd found a winner in this standalone book. I had no idea this was actually full of teenage dialogue. If I'd known then what I know now, I wouldn't have checked it out because I'm simply too old to find teen drama interesting. I bet young people would like it though. The editor/publisher should have marketed this book correctly.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faye Kellerman is BACK! I was a fan of the Decker/Lazarus books for years, but the last few have been dull. It felt like Faye was as bored with them as I was. I didn't even finish the last one. HOWEVER. Killing Season has nothing to do with the Deckers, and it is fresh and exciting and...just great. So much suspense! It's 700 pages long, but I read it in a few days because I couldn't stop. Highly recommended!
Karen Wegman
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoy Faye Kellerman's books but not this one. Way too long. I thought she repeated over and over again. I found it quite tiresome. Just didn't work for me.
Traci Haley
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm honestly torn about the rating for this book. 75% of the book is solidly 4 stars; the mystery is compelling and the main character is (mostly) likeable, if occasionally a little bit overbearingly chivalrous. The romance between Ben and Ro is necessary for character development BUT... this is where I'm torn. There's TOO much of the relationship stuff. It goes into way too much detail. I feel highly uncomfortable reading about detailed, nearly pornographic sex scenes between TWO UNDERAGE ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting how the police and teachers and adults got to appreciate Ben's intellect and OCD. The characters were complex, and the mystery kept me in suspense.
I won this book in a giveaway. I've been interested in reading some of Faye Kellerman's work for some time, but this is my first.

Overall I loved this story. The mystery, the action, and the characters are excellent. I was worried with its length that it would get difficult to keep going, but it didn't. This is one quality thriller that I really enjoyed.

The major drawbacks for me that knocked it down to three stars are the maturity of the teenage characters and the abundance of teen sex. Most of
F.T. Bradley
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book left me torn: I liked the characters, thought the mystery was compelling... And the writing, although it loses track of the mystery often and in long passages, was good. But this is a book that should really be classified as YA--and I believe it would fare better there, as there was a fair amount of teen content better suited for that audience.

I can't say I'd recommend it for adults, but I could see teen readers enjoying this one. Wish it had been labeled YA.
Max Coggan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fooled into reading the first 200 pages, skimmed the next 500 pages.
What a terrible book. How did I give it one star.
Kiki Z
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
This is not a mystery. This is not a thriller. I'm a decent way into the story and so far it's just petty high school drama with some dark edge lurking behind it.
Emma Bostian
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Juliette Holly
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
What genre was this? Crime? Maybe, if you cut out half the pages from the book. Coming of age? Not quite. Romance? Sometimes.

This was a mess. Characters have personalities that change from chapter to chapter. The main character is originally a socially awkward emo-edgelord that becomes a caring and sensitive guy within 60 pages. Ro is the most confusing character ever.

The writing often made me cringe. I laughed during scenes that weren't supposed to be funny (most of the sex scenes, and there
I really wanted to like Killing Season, as I was excited that Faye Kellerman departed from her normal series to write this book. As a suspense and mystery thriller, the novel was average. Because it topped out at almost 700 pages, the suspense did not really build until it reached a crescendo, but instead just fizzled out. The main character, sixteen year old Ben Vicksburg, was a contradiction. He did not speak in a normal teenage way, using the endearment "hon" entirely too much for my liking. ...more
Sara Johnson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and a real thriller with a perfect sprinkling of angst, sex and romance!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audio-book, ya, mystery
I didn't expect this one to be a YA mystery when I started it. I liked Ben, liked how he couldn't let his sister's death go and investigated on his own. Due to Ben's math mind he was able to think in ways the cops didn't and come up with some great leads.

What I could have done with out was all the teen drama/angst. Part of it was because I didn't like Ro, who wanted her cake and to eat it too. I hated how Ro hurt Ben. I think if they had stuck to friendship things would have been better.

Tom Tischler
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four years ago in the quiet town of Remez, New Mexico 15 year old Ellen Vicksburg
went missing. her younger brother Ben could imagine nothing worse than not knowing until
the first anniversary of her death and he found her body in a shallow grave by the
rivers edge Ben now is 17 and he is committed to finding the monster who killed her.
Police believe that she was the victim of a psychopathic monster known as the Demon.
Ben a math geek to smart for high school classes pours over evidence at the
Ken Smith
I recommend The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman. However, this book is not nearly as good as her others. The Killing Season *could* be trimmed into a good crime novel but unfortunately the book never decides whether it is a mystery thriller or a coming-of-age teen novel about a brainy nerd and the prom queen who loves him. The two fight, have sex, fight some more -- in ways that are often not really believable.

Parts of the novel are quite good -- the crime thriller plot keeps one turning pages
DNF’d at page 100. I really tried to give this book a chance. It sounded like the kind of book I would really enjoy but I couldn’t get into it. I knew that there was no way I could hang in there for almost 700 pages so I decided to put it down permanently.

I received this book from Goodreads First Reads program. All opinions are my own.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Describes high school life and one teenager with the help of another teenager solving 4 murders. Mixed up love triangles of 17 year olds. Ending implies the hero of the story will get together with a younger sibling's friend. Sounds like he could be doing this as he is sorry for her.
Alasandra Alawine
Benjamin Vicksburg, "Vicks" to his friends is obsessed with finding the serial killer who murdered his older sister three years ago. When Dorothy moves to town she befriends Vicks while dating the BMOC John David "JD". When Dorothy breaks up with JD, her and Vicks hook up for awhile, but when she thinks he forgot Valentines she falls back into JD's arms. Vicks is totally disgusted with her and in an effort to make things up to him Dorothy gets a job working at a lodge that offers discounts to ...more
Richie Rotten
This book was Ok. It wasn't one of Faye's best works but it was ok. It starts really slow and doesn't really draw you in like her works usually do. You really have to commit to reading this book and once you get about a third of the way through you will be interested in what happens. This isn't one of her usual "I don't want to put it down" novels. All of that being said, I did enjoy it so I give it three stars.
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Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers ...more

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Killing Season (3 books)
  • Killing Season: Part 1
  • Killing Season: Part 2
  • Killing Season: Part 3