Killing Season: A Thriller

Killing Season: A Thriller

by Faye Kellerman


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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 quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her—until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river’s edge.

Ben, now sixteen, is committed to finding the monster who abducted and strangled Ellen. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon. But Ben—a math geek too smart for his high-school classes—continues to pore over the evidence at the local police precinct, gaining an unlikely ally in his school’s popular new girl, Ro Majors. In his sister’s files, Ben’s analytical mind sees patterns that don’t fit, tiny threads that he adds to the clues from other similar unsolved murders. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is as cunning and methodical as he is twisted.

At first the police view Ben’s investigation with suspicion. Soon his obsession will mark him as a threat. But uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben and those he loves safe from a relentless killer who has nothing left to lose. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270245
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 259,355
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Killing Season: A Thriller 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning fantastic, Middle slowx to a crawl- end OK..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting when attention was on solving the crime but far too much attention on the teens jockeying for just got silly. Hard to like most of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get through it. Silly teenage characters. No plot.
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bobbin70 More than 1 year ago
I am a Faye Kellerman fan. I was surprised that I didn't like this book. It didn't hold my interest. I ended up skimming through the book. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have done with less teen drama and more mystery. The whodunit was not hard to figure out. Ok to read, if you have nothing else.
Madriver More than 1 year ago
I struggled with my rating here - my first impulse was 2 stars. Maybe my expectations were too high for this book - I'm a huge fan of the Peter and Rina Decker books and, even though I knew this was not part of that series, I thought it would be just as good, but it wasn't. This seemed to be more of a story of teenage angst with s serial killer in the background. On top of this, I didn't find the characters at all realistic. The 17-year old high school seniors were too mature and self-aware to seem like real teens, and their parents, albeit dealing with grief, didn't act like caring parents as they gave the kids an awful lot on unrestricted freedoms (and routinely allowed them to spend hours in locked bedrooms). Faye K. is one of my favorite authors, but truth be told, if it wasn’t cold and snowy here I wouldn’t have spent time reading the whole, long, book. And I’m really glad I got it from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of this author 's books, I was very disappointed in this read. I would only give it rwo stars. The characters were well developed, but I didn't feel their dialogue was realistic. The story line was good, but the book was way too long. It could have been a couple hundred pages shorter. Much of the dialog and plot was repeated over and over again. I had to force myself to finish it.
Casey07 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Killing Season by Faye Kellerman courtesy of Goodreads and William Morrow, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my hitory book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages. I requested this book as I the author is well known and I thought it might be interesting as I have not read any of her other books. To say this book is a piece of trash would be kind. If the rating scales would let me list it as a zero then that would have been my ranking. It is a poorly written, uncoordinated and nonengaging book. The author cannot decide if it is a serial killer book, a family dealing with the death of a daughter by a serial killer book or a high school angst book. In any case none the above comes across well. I have to admit that I made to slog through the first 600 pages, but gave up at the point as the writing continued to go downhill into an abyss. I cannot recommend this book to anyone unless you are looking to be bored out of your mind or if you need something that will definitely not hold your attention and put you to sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Faye Kellerman doesn’t disappoint. She weaves twists into turns, characters developed throughout the book a great book
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Turning her attention away from the long-standing series featuring Decker and Lazarus, Faye Kellerman has written a standalone involving a serial killer and rapist, a teenager obsessed with finding the murderer, first love, and hanky panky goings-on in high school. It makes for good reading throughout the rather bulky book. The start of it all is the rape and murder of 16-year-old Ellen Vicksburg in a small town in New Mexico, not far from Las Alamos. Her younger brother, Ben, devotes his entire energy into finding her killer, amassing a vast amount of information during the next four years, despite warnings by police to stay away from such involvement (and frustrated by the lack of progress by these same officials). A mathematical genius, his analytical mind perceives patterns detectives miss. The love story, as it may be, is gushy, and the sex and switching aspects of the high school students add nothing to the novel. On the other hand, when the author devotes her energy to the crime story she excels. The detail and progress of Ben’s investigations are riveting, although the conclusion might seem a cliché to some. Over-all, however, a fine effort, and recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... and it’s kind of embarrassing, since the cast is almost entirely teenagers (even my kids aren’t teenagers anymore). This story grabbed me from the start, both my head and my heart. Somehow the trials of this little group of kids sucked me in and I was rooting for each of them. And the desire to see Ben find his way grew as the story went on. But, as always happens with a book I so thoroughly enjoy, I was not ready for it to end. Thank you, Faye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy Faye Kellerman books!