Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Monday, June 25, 2012
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: Jasper Dent #1
Source: Won from Figment- Thank you!
I Hunt Killers
Jasper Dent didn't have what's considered to be a "normal" childhood. Instead, he was taught everything about killing from the world's most renowned serial killer... the guy otherwise known as his dad. Years later, his dad is in jail but there appears to be another serial killer threatening his hometown and Jazz is determined to stop him.

I Hunt Killers is completely, if morbidly, fascinating. I'm not going to lie, I find serial killers interesting in a disturbing, frightening sort of way, so this book was right up my alley. Lyga lets the reader see right into the mind of a sociopath, which is a wacked-out place to be, to put it plainly.

Jasper is a great narrator. He's utterly torn up inside from his more than unique upbringing, and his struggle to prove that he is not his father makes him a sympathetic character. Not to say that Jasper doesn't have his issues. I think it shows how skilled Lyga is as a writer that even when Jazz is thinking like a serial killer, the reader still feels empathy for him.

I was happily surprised by how much I loved his best friend, Howie, and his girlfriend, Connie. Howie is quirky and fun and his humor made me roll my eyes a few times (in a good way). Connie on the other hand is sassy, confident, and really cool. She does her best to keep Jazz in line, doesn't let him whine, and is all around awesome. 

Mystery and suspense are both present, along with a decent amount of blood. Some points had me turning pages as fast as I could. And the ending... there is a cliffhanger. I wasn't aware that this is the first in a series when I read it, but I am anxiously awaiting more of Jasper Dent's story!
*5 stars*
A Quote from the Book: “Jazz hadn't given her many details of exactly what life in the Dent house had been like, but he'd told her enough that she knew it wasn't hearts and flowers. Well, except for the occasional heart cut from a chest. And the kind of flowers you send to funerals.” 
Do you like a lot of gore in books, or are you more of the squeamish type?

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I recently read this book and really enjoyed it, though I somehow thought it was going to be about a serial killer who hunts other killers...yeah, don't know how I thought that lol. If you like serial killer books check out Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens, it's really good too.

    And I'm definitely the type who prefers authors to imply gore rather than give me all the details!

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