I Hunt Killers

Posted May 9, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I Hunt Killers Book Cover I Hunt Killers
Jasper Dent #1
Barry Lyga

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

“You won’t even know you’ve crossed the line until it’s way back in your rear view mirror.”

“We humans have the capacity to wreak horrors on each other. But we also have the capacity to survive those horrors.”

The concept of this book was 5 stars. In fact, probably 6 stars. The pace at times was a bit slow and tended to drag in areas. That dropped this book down to 3.5 stars. So, while I loved the psychology behind the book, (nature vs. nurture,) I needed it to be a little bit quicker. This book had that Dexter feel that I love. And according to the ratings, others do as well.

“What if a puppet could cut its own strings, and in that act of defiance and strength of will become truly alive? Become is own puppet-master?”

The creepy factor was at an all-time high. Our main character was as disturbed as they come. He was great. Like a ticking time bomb. I instantly liked him. I probably wasn’t supposed to, but I like the sickos. Say what you will, but Billy Joel had it right, “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.” This holds true for books, movies, television and most of the guys I dated in college. But I digress… Our hero’s inner turmoil is my favorite part of this book. He is truly messed up and has no idea where he belongs in this world. It’s sad when serial killers are struggling. Am I good? Am I bad? Who should I kill next? Wait, am I killer? Maybe I’m not? I dug it. Our hero’s dad is the ultimate in serial killers. He killed them all. Over 120 and counting. Living in a smaller town makes it hard to hide from that. But I suspect you could live in NYC and still wouldn’t be able to hide from that kind of fame… or infamy.

“I’m a complicated man, with complicated taste buds.”

The part that surprised me the most was the humor in this book. I mean, like, funny-funny. Funny like a clown. Funny ha-ha. The good stuff that makes all the sick and twisted all the more interesting. Every book needs balance and this one had it in spades! Bravo to the author for that. I loved the scenes with our hero and his BFF trying to solve the crime. It was a little like Scooby-doo meets the Hardy Boys trying to solve some seriously gruesome shit. What’s not fun about that?

“And my parents made me want I am. So what? We get stuff from our parents, but we also get stuff from the world around us. From people around us. And at the end of the day, we’re us.”

Anyway, I give this psychological thriller 3.5, but now that I am thinking about, 4 stars and pair it with snifter of brandy.

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