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The Killer's Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux

The Killer's Tears (2003)

by Anne-Laure Bondoux

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A beautiful read. Bondoux really lets the reader feel the emotions throughout the book, regardless of character. The Killer's Tears is simple story showing how people can change and stressing that the change usually happens too late. Change is not good or evil, it just makes things different and affects how we view life. Is occasionally graphic, so unprepared readers beware. ( )
  abcrane | Jun 8, 2014 |
Q5, P3

When Paulo's parents are brutally murdered in a remote and dismal corner of Chile, their murderer, Angel, takes up residence in their home and begins caring for their young son. As time goes on, they are joined by Luis, a rich young man who is hiding from the world, and the two men become rivals for the affections of young Paulo. When circumstances force the three to leave the tiny farm, we see jealousy, greed, and human nature rise up in its best and worst incarnations.

This is a haunting book dealing with complex emotional issues surrounding loss, survival, murder, and redemption in a way that is both approachable, simply stated, and yet beautiful. ( )
  Johanna_Talbott | Jun 3, 2014 |
5Q,4P (my Voya codes)

Tragic but beautiful this story tells of a young boy named Paolo who lives on a rocky, barren, almost lifeless bluff at the edge of the world in Southern Chile. His mother and father are murdered and he ends up living with the killer. Through a series of fateful events, the two become three and the two men and the boy form a bond that shows the light and dark of human kind. Ultimately, it is because of these tragic events that Paolo's life becomes full and rich. Can you love and forgive a murderous man? I found this book of redemption beautiful, even in its tragedies. A story to encourage introspection and forgiveness. ( )
  candr | May 27, 2014 |
4Q, 3P


I can definitely see why this book won the awards it did... to say this book is haunting, it putting it mildly. The book didn't really come together for me until Angel and Paolo spend time with Ricardo. They speak of metamorphosis and how people can change, which is what I think this books was all about it. It's very strange because at the beginning you sort of hate Angel for the horrible person he is, but then you see him change due to his love for Paolo and in the end you're sad he's executed and never gets to see Paolo become into a man. ( )
  freeborboleta | May 26, 2014 |
5Q, 3P
This is a very disturbing and yet emotionally complex book. I was unprepared for some of the issues that the main character, Paolo, faces--from poverty, seeing his parents killed, to living with their murderer, having to kill the pet he has grown to love, and wrestling with thoughts of depression and suicide. I did not feel this was a book for young adults since it read more like character driven adult fiction. Some of the situations that Paolo and Angel face are incredibly sad. Bondoux's writing style is simple yet complex and moving. The multilayered facets of her prose may go over the heads of younger readers and be too slow moving for some others. ( )
  Kimba512 | May 26, 2014 |
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On the afternoon when Angel Allegria arrives at the Poloverdos’ farmhouse, he kills the farmer and his wife. But he spares their child, Paolo–a young boy who will claim this as the day on which he was born. Together the killer and the boy begin a new life on this remote and rugged stretch of land in Chile.

Then Luis Secunda, a well-to-do and educated fellow from the city descends upon them. Paolo is caught in the paternal rivalry between the two men. But life resumes its course . . . until circumstances force the three to leave the farm. In doing so, Angel and Luis confront their pasts as well as their inevitable destinies–destinies that profoundly shape Paolo’s own future.

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A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.

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