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(Valerie Hart #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  185 reviews
The second spine-chilling serial-killer thriller featuring homicide detective Valerie Hart from the author of the critically-acclaimed THE KILLING LESSONS.

Troubled San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is planning a rare weekend away from the job when she gets the call. A body has been found. A woman, brutally murdered. And the cryptic note left by the body is addr
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Orion (first published 2016)
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Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This the first book I have read of the Valerie Hart series, and it works as a standalone. Valerie and Nick have ironed out their relationship and are in place where both are at the edge of stepping into the final commitment arena of proposing for Nick and contemplating children for Valerie. Valerie is a homicide detective in San Francisco PD, she gets the call about a murder where a note specifically for her has been left. It threatens that the murders will continue unless Katherine Glass is fre ...more
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Can I get a hallelujer, Lort?!

I'm not the religious type, but give me a book like this and I suddenly start worshiping the Gods of Literature. You know - Stephen King, Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling.

Six years ago Katherine Glass abducted, heinously tortured and killed young women all over San Francisco...until Det. Valerie Hart caught her and put her away for life. *cue the sound of prison gates slamming shut*

...But Katherine didn't commit her crimes alone, and her pa
A couple of years ago, I really enjoyed The Killing Lessons, a serial killer thriller, which featured Valerie Hart, a homicide detective. I was a bit surprised to see Valerie is back. For me, The Killing Lessons wasn't all that much about Valerie, who was your fairly standard broken detective then. However, in Lovemurder, she really takes center stage. Her life has changed for the better making her a different person to the one we met in the first book.
Even if you haven't yet read The Killing L
Louise Wilson
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book to feature Valarie Hart.

Some years ago, Katherine Glass was sent to prison for torturing and murdering 6 women. She did not commit these horrific crimes on her own but her accomplice has never been found.

It now looks like he is back and up to his old tricks. This time it's more personal as the clues seem to be aimed at Valarie.

This is a fast paced, violent but well written novel.

I would like to thank NetGalley, Orion Publishing Group and the author Saul Black for my ARC in e
Zuky the BookBum
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I realised there was a second Valerie Hart novel after The Killing Lessons, because I loved that book so much. Never did I expect to love this one even more! But here we are, with that teeny tiny extra half a star more on this book than the last.

What’s so strange about my love for this book is that it’s the same thing that brought The Killing Lessons down in my eyes. The sensationalism. In The Killing Lessons, the whole book felt realistic until the ending that seemed to ta
Liz Barnsley
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was a bit of a fan of the first book in this series – The Killing Lessons – at that point I didn’t realise that there would be a second book featuring Valerie Hart but hey, here we are and genuinely, I was utterly enthralled again.

See I like a good serial killer thriller me. Not many authors are writing them these days and those that are well, lets just say they are not terribly exciting. There are exceptions – one of which I’ll be telling you about in another 2017 Ones to Watch very soon – bu
Elizabeth George
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like serial killer books that explore the human psyche and at the same time employ an incredibly intelligent serial killer who can discuss everything from poetry to politics, this is for you. It's a great read for planes, trains, and automobiles. Lots of sex, however, so if you like your novels sexless, this isn't for you.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved, “The Killing Lessons,” which was the first novel to feature Valerie Hart, so was excited to read the second in the series. Valerie is now happily in love with Nick and, indeed, Nick is contemplating marriage. However, just before he is about to propose while the couple are on a relaxing weekend away, plans are put on hold when a call interrupts them.

Some years ago, killer Katharine Glass was put in prison; found guilty of the vicious torture and murder of six women. Katharine had an acc
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Exquisitely beautiful Katherine Glass was the most hated woman in America. Katherine Glass and the man in the mask, over three years they abducted, raped, tortured and killed six young women. They did it because they wanted to and because they could. The story gets even more terrifying. Katherine and the man in the mask videoed the killings. Homicide detective Valerie Hart receives a letter saying Katherine Glass stays in prison, more people die. Valerie knows that Katherine's lover and partner ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2017 added it
Alas,this book and I did not gel.

While I thought this author's first book was masterfully done,I found this one tedious and just not compelling enough to grab and maintain my attention.

To own the truth,I skimmed the last 25%,so to say I 'read' it is perhaps stretching the truth a little.

Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s a sign of a great author, that you are dying to know what happens next. This is such a captivating series. We met Valerie Hart in the Killing Lessons. She is back in Lovemurder.

Lovemurder does not disappoint. Two years have passed, since we were last with Hart. She is happily settled with Nick. She is in a better place emotionally. She has ceased to be the alcoholic mess, we met in the Killing Lessons. She has been forgiven for cheating. Her heart is mended. She seems to have grown, from he
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Murder is the second Valerie Hart book, and much like the first I wasn’t crazy about it. Yes, it was enjoyable; however, it’s not a series where I’ll be going out of my way to pick up the next book.

I picked up The Killing Lessons as a means to entertain myself whilst travelling. Although I started the book whilst travelling, I wasn’t as pulled in as I had hoped to be, resulting in me picking it up and putting it down. It was a decent enough read, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I spent quite
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it dawned on me about halfway through this book i am tiring of the overused and borderline misogynistic trope of 'torture/rape/murder of females with/without submissive (and of course incredibly sexy/hot/uninhibited) female accomplice... i am unsure if this is because this book was rather pedestrian in its 'mystery', bland in its telling, or that i have finally come to accept art imitates life (not the other way around)... my uneasiness tells me that as a society we are OK with women as victims ...more
This was a rather disappointing follow up to the excellent 'Killing Lessons', featuring Detective Valerie Hart. We saw a lot less of Valerie's sass in this particular book and more of her softer side, which, in total contrast to the initial impression we were given, in my humble opinion, just doesn't work. Sadly, it seemed like Valerie left her back bone somewhere in book one.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
What follows is a review of Lovemurder that is more response paper than review — or maybe one of those reaction videos where people film themselves watching Game of Thrones or something. What I mean to say is, I offer no summary or details about the plot, characters and so on, and it might offer you more joy if you’ve already read the book.

I read this back to back with Terry Eagleton’s On Evil by pure chance (...or is it?) and Eagleton’s view of evil as a sort of lack or negation, a nothingness
Katheryn Thompson
San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is called away from a weekend break with her long-term partner and fellow police officer, Nick, when a body is found with the hallmarks of a pair of sadistic serial killers, one of whom, Katherine Glass, Valerie caught six years ago, along with a note addressed to Valerie. To catch the so-called Man in the Mask, whose intelligence is matched only by his cruelty, and protect the people she cares most about, Valerie must turn to Katherine for help with ...more
Cecily Kyle
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cutthroat
So dark and twisted. I love observing the minds of crazy sadistic killers. Saul Black gives you that.
A great continuation of the last installment... I really hope it continues!
Great Read!
Orlanda Machado
Actual Rating: 5.5 Stars

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Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yep, with this book I am going to be that guy. I could see what is was trying to do, but it didn't work for me. Which seems to becoming my mantra for 2016 new releases. And that is maybe why I am starting to run out of patience. The reason I liked the first book apart from a ballsie female lead and very black comedy was that Black subtly subverting typical troupes of that genre. In Love Murder, while I think he was a similar in mind, for me he was stepping a little into the cliche instead of usi ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This action novel is very "readable". Although there is an exaggeration about the way the villains are presented, the whole set up, is extremely interesting.
I should really warn myself when I read books like this as I don't know if my heart can take any more. Having read the Killing Lessons, you'd think I would have learned my lesson. But no, I picked up the second one in the series and the fear, the thrills, and all that gory detail came flooding back think and fast like blood pooling from a person's head.

Yup, this second one is as cracking as the first. Sick and twisted too so a warning to those of a nervous disposition or whatever.

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Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty tired of the whole Master Criminal genre which seems to have existed since the days of Moriarty. You know, the criminal/s always ten steps ahead of the police, incredibly hard to catch, coordinating the most elaborate crimes. I'm making an exception for this book, which I really enjoyed. There were twists and turns to the end, and a beautiful psychopathic woman helping the police to catch her at-large partner in the sex murders. Detective Valerie Hart put this woman away, and when the ...more
Carol Vincenty
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! Saul Black is an incredible writer. This book took my breath away. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Parts of it were so exciting that I thought I was going to hyperventilate. The author is a master at whipping up terror & excitement. I liked this book better than his first book, but I am going to have to read it again, just to read about Valerie.
Suzie Szczepanik
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I read this thing once...I forget where. It said that reading a book is a dangerous thing. It can make you find room in yourself for something you never thought you’d understand. Worse, that you never wanted to understand.”

Nichola Ní Mhuraláin
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed both books! wish there were more in the series.
Bonnie Brody
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Katherine Glass, serial killer, is the most hated woman in the United States. Caught by Detective Valerie Hart, Katherine has been incarcerated for six years. However, though she was put away, her partner was never caught. This duo of serial killers were sexual sadists who engaged in the kill for pleasure and showed no remorse. Now, after six years behind bars, Katherine's partner is at it again, killing people and leaving notes for Valerie. It appears that the killer is giving "fair warning" to ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last year I read and reviewed Saul’s Black The Killing Lessons. It was kinda creepy and somewhat violent but I enjoyed it and was keen to read more from the UK author (aka Glen Duncan).

I have to admit, when thinking back to The Killing Lessons, it was the murderous duo who remained etched into my mind rather than police detective Valerie Hart, even though she looms large in my review of that book.

I can’t help but wonder if it will be the same when I later think back to this novel, as the thing B
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another page-turner in the Valerie Hart series. It employs some of the same elements that made "The Killing Lessons" fantastic - suspense that sustains throughout the book, forays into the psychology of both murderers and cops - to tell a different narrative. Not only is Valerie in a different place in her life, but the stakes are higher this time around, and she finds herself forced into a co-dependence with a criminal.

Although there's plenty of action and suspense, some of the best pa
Carol Peace
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is the second book involving Valerie Hart but I didn't feel at a disadvantage having not read the first one, it worked easily as a stand alone book.
Police find a note addressed to Valerie at the scene of a murder and when she reads it she finds herself once again involved in a cat and mouse investigation with a woman she put in a maximum security prison some time ago. Valerie knew that Katherine had an accomplice but he was never caught and it seems he is back and threatening deaths until K
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SAUL BLACK is a pseudonym used by Glen Duncan, a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. In 1994 he visited India with his father before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atl ...more

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