get caught. Otherwise, why hunt at home? . killer.' You're jumping the gun, kid. Serial killers have to have at least three victims. Over an jinzihao.info In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his. I Hunt Killers book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What if the world's worst serial killer was your dad?Jasper.
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I Hunt Killers. Home · I Hunt Killers Author: Lyga Barry Killers · Read more · Killers. Read more · Killers Hunt · Read more · Faceless Killers. Read more. The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter. It was a beautiful day. It was a. 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.
The other is a new killer, one who just started murdering people in Jazz's own town. Then trying to solve the crimes and save his friends! By this knife he can't help but see in his nightmares. Mar 26, Mariah Roze rated it really liked it. But, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. He had a horrible childhood and his evil father had taught him to be just like him and so Jasper was worried that he himself was destined to become a killer.
That's believable to me. Bad me. Why, of course I recommend. For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 32 comments. Jan 09, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an entertaining YA thriller.
It had a nice blend of mystery, action, and suspense. We followed the exploits of 17 year old Jasper Dent, son of the worlds most notorious serial killer, as he tried to help the police in his local town hunt down a copycat killer of his father. The story was interesting enough. Jasper was a decent lead character. He had a horrible childhood and his evil father had taught him to be just like him and so Jasper was worried that he himself was destined to becom This was an entertaining YA thriller.
He had a horrible childhood and his evil father had taught him to be just like him and so Jasper was worried that he himself was destined to become a killer. Lyga really did a good job selling that aspect of the story.
The big flaw in this book was the secondary characters. I never really managed to form any sort of emotional attachment to them. The mystery aspect of the story was pretty well done. I never guessed the identity of the copycat killer until just before the big reveal and even then Lyga had another big twist up his sleeve that should make for an interesting sequel story! All in all this as an entertaining YA read. I feel like I'm being a bit generous here but this is better than a lot of the books I rate 3.
Audio Note: Charlie Thurston did a decent job with the audio. Already partway into book two. Because this might be the first series since Hunger Games that I read back to back to back. Not that that's a big thing or anything. View all 3 comments. Mar 29, Stacia the club rated it really liked it Recommended to Stacia the club by: Oh who are we kidding Our lead character Jasper Jazz is no exception. Except in his case, he is smarter than the average bear cop.
After all, you might know a thing or two when your dad is one of the most famous serial killers of all time. His skills are bound to come in handy when hunting down a serial killer who is copying his dad's moves. Welco HEY. Welcome to Three fingers on the right hand were missing - the index finger, the middle finger, and the ring finger.
The thumb and pinky were all that remained; that hand would flash devil horns while the corpse rotted in the ground somewhere. Apparently, being smart enough to catch a killer does not include knowing the difference between the "devil horn" sign and the "hang loose" sign. Ah well, I'll let that slide.
Jazz is still pretty useful. So what if his brain's a little fried? Mine would be too if I had to watch my dad mutilate people and animals when I was a small child, and because of this I now couldn't get my father's voice out of my head.
Struggling is what makes it worth doing, Billy said. Jazz closed his eyes, trying to chase away his father's voice, but it was no good. This is not an easy read. The details of the murders are startling and graphic. It's a pretty dark story.
I was, however, completely bowled over by this peek into a life so far out of the realm of ordinary. The poor kid His father and grandmother believed him to be a monster, while his best friend and girlfriend were doing everything in their power to counteract that belief.
Even Jazz himself didn't truly know who he was. Was his father right? Was his destiny not in helping to catch the killers, but instead to become one himself? It's just I can. I imagine it's like being a great runner. If you knew you could run really fast, wouldn't you?
I'm so happy that this book is going to become a series. It's going to be quite the experience to watch as Jazz figures out his own head. I like that he's conflicted. Not everything is black and white in his world. The multiple viewpoints were especially interesting. Getting the chance to be inside of the killer's head added a bit of extra creepiness to the story. Bonus points go for fitting in a Silence of the Lambs reference.
The last few chapters definitely had a SotL vibe. I was digging on it. I can feel it. View all 62 comments. Mar 26, Mariah Roze rated it really liked it. This book was nothing like what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. Jasper "Jazz" Dent is your average teenager. He still deals with trying to figure out who he is and what to do when your dating. The one problem that he faces that no other teenager faces is that his dad is the world's worst serial killer.
His dad brought him to work daily and showed him the ways of murdering and getting away This book has been on my TBR forever, so I brought it on vacation with me so I'd finally read it.
His dad brought him to work daily and showed him the ways of murdering and getting away with it. Jazz had the experience of witnessing crime from the criminal's point of view.
However, his dad finally got caught after being in the triple digits with murdering , but somehow there are still bodies piling up in Lobo's Nod. The bodies have a remarkable resemblance to Jazz's dad's first couple murders. The victims have the same initials, occupation, sex and age as the victims that Jazz's dad originally killed. And they are in the same order; killed by the same method.
Who was this killer infatuated with his dad? Jazz wanted to know and he decides to join the police in a hunt for the new serial killer. This book was really enjoyable! I plan to read the next book in the series when it comes in from the library.
This book was a fast read that kept my attention the whole time. At times it was gruesome… I suggest this book to people that like mysteries, murders and Young Adult reads: View all 8 comments.
Combining two great genre's.. Thriller serial killer shit and young adult. You would think I would be all over that. I was to a point. Jasper Dent is one of the world's worst serial killers son. He isn't that family member who swears they never noticed anything being off about his dad. His dad trained him. Trained him to kill, and do it well. He teams up with his best buddy Howie who I simply adore and his girlfrie Combining two great genre's..
He teams up with his best buddy Howie who I simply adore and his girlfriend Connie to do some investigative stuff on their own when a serial killer again targets their small town. Enter my problems with the story. There is no way in hell that a police dept is going to allow a 17 year old as much freedom with butting in on their case. Just no way in hell. The book somewhat reminded me of the Dexter TV series which my husband has completely gotten my hooked on, but still is a fresh new take on it.
I'm hoping the other books in the series are a tad bitter more believable than this one for me. View all 9 comments. When Jasper was twelve, Billy finally escalated and got caught by the local sheriff, G.
Jasper is the first to notice the pattern and as the bodies start piling up, he becomes obsessed with stopping the copycat. In Jasper, Lyga created a well-rounded, consistent and truly believable character. He is smart and incredibly observant, but severely damaged, and very easy to love. But he's not the only one worth mentioning. Of all the fabulous characters that were built around Jazz, his girlfriend Connie was the one who really stole my heart.
It is rare that a teen character, especially a secondary character, is so strong, self-assured and genuinely kind. Usually, these chapters are either about the gore or about allowing the reader to really feel the fear of the victims.
Yes, they were interesting, but they were mostly about The Impressionist's obsession with Jazz himself, which is something we could have figured out on our own.
There was, however, one thing Lyga did better than most: He found a way to create a hero that is special in some way without degrading the small-town sheriff and his people.
The narrator, Charlie Thurston, did an amazing job differentiating the voices of all the characters. The changes in accents were minute, but they were there, and they were very impressive. He also handled the emotional scenes in a way that made me believe and really feel them. Also posted at The Nocturnal Library View all 5 comments. Aug 31, Poonam rated it really liked it Shelves: So this one has gore and can be icky at times but it has flashes of humor which was surprising.
The book is well balanced where the dark side is combined with the humorous tones of the writing. I would still say it is a Dark read and to read this only if you can bear the sadistic workings of a killers mind.
The book is from the perspective of 17 yr old Jasper Dent who is the son of famou 3. The book is from the perspective of 17 yr old Jasper Dent who is the son of famous serial killer Billy Dent.
Jasper is charming and manipulative He has a girlfriend and a best friend, lives with his grandmother and I truly don't know what to make of his relation with her! There are series of killings that have started again in the small town where Jasper resides and Jasper gets involved in the investigation. The mystery is not the thing that keeps you hooked but the way the story flows and Jasper's inner thoughts are what makes this a good read.
There is an internal struggle which Jasper faces where he needs to come to terms with his nature and if he has the same tendencies as his father.
Overall, this is a solid read and I really enjoyed it. The ending left me wanting more and I for one will definitely be continuing this series. Look how badass this is!!! Thanks, Frenchy Bug!! We take our pimp job seriously, you know Jazz was afraid of two things in the world, and two things only. One of them was that people thought that his upbringing meant that he was cursed by nature, nurture, and predestined to be a serial killer like his father.
The second thing This made me immensely happy Like, really?? Why have I never heard about this book before?? I'm not going to lie, I'm truly at a loss for words and I really don't know what to say.
There are certain books where I can't seem to shut my mouth because I love them so much, and some books where I love them just as much but can't seem to find the proper words to identify and characterize these feelings of overwhelming awesomeness.
It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field. Except for the body. What is it about this book that made me fall so deeply in love with it? I can't help but think it's because this book appeals to the crazy side of me I found when I was about a year into Goodreads-you know, when I decided to change my name to Chelsea Peril Please?? Yeah, this book fits into that category. That category where people are being abducted and murdered and our dear Jazz is using his knowledge from his childhood to figure out who might be next.
But, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Jazz is the child of a serial killer. Everyone knows Billy Dent Poor little Jazz-he grew up in a home where he was expected to watch, learn, help with Billy's victims, giving him a vast and extensive knowledge on how to successfully murder someone. Jazz could read people. It wasn't something he worked at; it was just as natural as breathing.
It was as ordinary as reading a billboard on the highway: You don't really think about the billboard; you just notice it and your brain processes it, and that's that. And here is why I loved this book so much- Jazz. What a beautiful, broken character. He was perfection. He is exactly the type of male lead I've been looking for, lately. He is traumatized inwardly by his past and what his father made him do.
People look at him differently because they don't know why he didn't stop him even if he knew it was wrong. They're wondering if he'll be next, if he'll finally snap like dear old, Dad. And it takes a toll on him, naturally. He is tormented by his own fears that he is no different from his father , that he will one day snap and become an unstoppable killer with no remorse He gets drawn into the blood lust and art that is a serial killer's MO, and it gets harder and harder to fight.
What if he's no different from his father?? Goddamn it! Goddamn Billy Dent and goddamn his son, too. Tears sprang to Jazz's eyes. She was dying. Dying right in front of him, and he didn't trust himself to help her because he didn't trust his hands not to finish the job instead.
Tortured souls are what really draw me in. He desperately wants to be good, to do good, so he tries to help the police force along. This story was excellent.
It was different. It was intriguing. It was beyond addicting. So what held back that final star, you ask?? I was dragged away from this story numerous times and I couldn't seem to find more than 20 minute intervals where I could get some peace and quiet to read-and, I'll admit it, the last hour I had to read with the tv on in the background because a certain someone just wouldn't go to sleep and I couldn't wait any longer I never once was happy I had to put it down and I thought about it when I wasn't able to read it-so I think that more than made up for my disconnect from lack of reading time.
I'll tell you. I'm the local psychopath, and if you don't save my best friend's life, I will hunt down everyone you've ever cared about in your life and make you watch while I do things to them that will have you begging me to kill them. That's who I am. This book had such a sinister feel to it. And all my best friends on here know I have this It's terrifying. And, for whatever reason, this book brought that dream back.
So I was a little apprehensive about finishing-I mean, I knocked over a lamp and broke the bulb in the middle of the night Here, think of it like this: I wake up?
And then they slowly reach for me. That's it. But I always wake up and my throat is sore and I am on the other side of the bed, practically crawling over my hubbs to 'get away. I mean, I didn't even use the most accurate images because, I mean, wow. Not a great example above, but I can't use those creeptastic images. Weird as it may be, I think the idea that Jazz felt like someone was watching him got to me.
And I haven't been getting much sleep-I think those two elements combined got me at a weak moment. That is why I am waiting until next week to start book two-I want to be well-rested. But don't think for a minute I'm happy about waiting I already miss Jazz. Sad face. View all 65 comments.
Apr 17, Kathe L rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading about Jasper Dent, I realized I have a pattern. What are the similarities between all of them? They are all characters who are mesmerizing to read about. They think differently and see normal situations in such a complex way, so different from Reading about Jasper Dent, I realized I have a pattern. They think differently and see normal situations in such a complex way, so different from our, or at least my, perspectives, that to have a glimpse of their minds, to see how their thoughts are formed, is one chance in a million.
It's like winning the lottery. To see how their thoughts are different from what they let people see, to see Jasper and Connor manipulate people to get what they want, to see Lily, Lucy even Meg having completely different reactions to gigantic situations? It's like admiring one person from a distance and having the chance of seeing how their mind works for a day. And their mind working is so fascinating, so much more perplexing then what you had previously expected, that you want to be in their minds forever.
Are serial killers normal looking? What if your dad was a serial killer who killed or ? Jasper Dent is the son of a serial killer. And while growing up, his dad taught him everything he needed to know about it.
And after 4 years of his dad being arrested, Jasper doesn't know if he is good or bad, if he's going to be a killer or not. Taught by his father, he knows how to manipulate, how to make people think what he wants, has the urge to kill. And still, he fights it with everything he has.
He was what he was, whether he knew it yet or not. Maybe he was just a guy with a crazy dad, like other kids with crazy dads. Or maybe he was something else. I could empathize with his struggles and I wanted to hug him until he couldn't breathe anymore. He was manipulative and complicated and beyond clever, but he also cares, whether he knows it or not. He cares about his best friend Howie and Connie, his girlfriend. He even cares about his crazy grandma.
Imagine growing up with a dad so smart that he could kill people in a period of, I don't know, 10 years? And imagine struggling with not being who your father taught you to be for 13 years? Imagine being so good at investigating murderers because you've lived with a murderer? Know how they think, how they formulate their killings? Billy Dent fooled people everyday and killed people all over USA, one of the most notorious serial killer of all times. And you are his son.
I had three suspicions in mind, and none of them were the serial killer. I am not good at this stuff. Oh, and this serial killer is following Billy's Dent steps, imitating his first deaths. A follower. Man, the end of this book surprised me like I wasn't surprised reading books in a very long time. How did that happen? Was it calculated or not? Is Jasper correct? I am not used to this genre, but still, this book is fantastic and everyone should read it.
It involves your emotional, it raises your suspicions and makes you suspect everyone. It shows us a wonderful character who deserves to be known. Howie made me laugh hard and was another character I was amazed at. He was an extraordinary friend and, besides everything stopping him, he was very brave. A character I truly admired.
Being Jasper's girlfriend is a tough task, and she handled it perfectly. Jasper isn't who he is afraid to be because of his affection towards her and his love for Howie. We can see Jasper struggles a lot, and so does Connie. She's always there, she makes him laugh. She doesn't give up when he is having inner battles. She was incredible. Well, I think I've said enough. I'm ready for book two! Oh, and if you are looking for a different genre, a book with brilliant characters, this here is the one: View all 29 comments.
Our home was even painted in the colors that he preferred, so my sister and I would stay up late and scare ourselves silly with the possibilities. A story centered on the son of one of the most horrific serial killers in history? Sign me up!
Jasper Dent was raised by a monster, his father Billy, privy to his activities, schooled in his evil ways. Billy was finally caught, and for the last four years Jazz has been living free of his control, and determined to be nothing like him. Jazz despises what his father did, but it did leave a mark on his thinking. The murder has all the marks of a serial killer, and Jazz is determined to stop him. Having to relive some of his memories about his father made me ill. His father was a true sociopath with absolutely no regard for the life of other, even more horrible is the fact he got pleasure from their pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, some of his thinking rubbed off on Jasper and he has a constant inner struggle to look at people and know that they matter. But he does know how a killer thinks which makes him a perfect hunter of their kind.
I was rooting for Jasper to catch the killer but seriously scared for him as well. Still, I Hunt Killers was an addictive story, albeit completely disturbing. The murders were shocking and brutal. I'm so glad I finally dusted it off the old TBR and read listened to it. The audio version was spot on and Charlie Thurston's narration made the story come alive! You can read this review and more at The Readers Den.
View all 23 comments. Dec 20, Laura rated it really liked it. Confession time. I may have a thing for blood, gore, and chills galore. Who am I kidding? Bloodlust would be a better description! I grew up on horror films and Stephen King bed time stories. A serial killer book for young adults with huge doses of humor and chills? Yes, please! It made me so giddy I may have jum Confession time. It made me so giddy I may have jumped up and down like a twelve year old girl!
Hehe…I have never urged anyone to pick up the print version rather than the ebook before, but there is a first time for every occasion. It is a joy to behold! Just beautiful! And that is just the beginning…. Meet Jasper Jazz Dent. A smart, handsome, polite, young man with a dazzling I-can-get-anything-I-want charm. He has a best friend, girlfriend, a role in the school play, and…a serial killer for a father.
No one will ever forget Billy Dent and what he did especially his son. Including Jazz. So when I new killer hits town, Jazz is determined to help solve the case and prove every one wrong. Jazz, Jazz, Jazz! I loved your messed up, beautiful head from the get-go! All kidding aside though, Jazz possesses some seriously dark thoughts about people, caring, and love that went straight to my shiver bone! Pain and struggles that make the possibilities for a normal teenage life for Jazz nearly impossible.
So what keeps him sane and grounded in reality and emotion? OH, Howie! I adored this guy! Jazz and Howie have been best friends through it all—before Billy Dent was caught and after. The kind of friend you take with you to break into a morgue!
D hide spoiler ] Haha…You get the impression these two would do anything for each other. The trust and loyalty between Jazz and Howie was the heartbeat and love of this story for me. Their friendship was almost as strong as…. Very sad and scary. I just wanted to keep Jazz safe. Tell him to run and get away. The love and bond was real and there between them. Like I said—chilling! Gives me the shivers just thinking about it.
The killer made very little impression on me. It was the endings. I call them hiccup endings. Just when you think they are gone…hiccup! All the endings were powerful and perfect on their own, but all together they robbed the power and emotion of the words for me. One of those endings alone would have been spectacular! That said, these are merely minor, minor hiccups. I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone and their mother!
View all 20 comments. May 13, Katherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: They'll never catch you. You'll be the new boogeyman parents use to scare their kids into behaving. My boy. And I enjoyed every damn second of it.
One of them was that people thought that his upbringing meant that he was cursed by nature, nurture, and the predestination to be a serial killer like his father. The second thing… was that they were right. How do I love this book series? Let me count the ways. And for all the right reasons.
All of the characters in this series are so beautifully well-written. With a serial killer for a father, a senile, mentally insane grandmother and a mom he has fleeting memories of, I expected him to be a whole lot more messed up than what he was.
Continuously tortured by the memories of his fucked up childhood and shunned by almost the entire town, underneath his tough guy exterior is the same sad, lost boy who has nothing to lose but nothing to gain at the same time. That would have been the only way to stop him. Kill my own father? He knows exactly which buttons to push and can read people like magnifying glass, preying on their weaknesses and playing to their strengths.
One could be tempted to describe him as a morally gray character, but Lyga manages to balance his good side with the side that has the potential to become like his father. Hell no. Yes, you read that right. Connie is not the type of girlfriend to let her man walk all over her and use her. So sick of this constant pity party you throw for yourself. I love you, you moron. And you keep trying to scare me and push me away.
I never thought I would live to see the day where a white, male YA author writes a YA relationship better than some female authors. But my favorite character by far in this book other than Jazz, of course , is Howie. And yet despite this, Jazz and Howie are the best of friends through thick and thin. And Howie was there when Billy got arrested, and in the shocking days right after the arrest.
Most important of all, Howie remained his friend in the dark days afterward. This whole review space could probably consist of me just quoting every time Howie opens his mouth, but here are some of the best lines in the book that are just too good not to read. Whatever happened to bros before hoes?
I chose to implement that corollary because your girlfriend is a total badass. Jasper Francis Dent. I wanted a nice big one, but no one asked me, on account of me being unconscious at the time.
Can you believe it? Lyga could have easily gone the stereotypical serial killer root, but he chillingly makes Billy equal parts charming seducer and loving father with a whole bottle full of blood and gore.
A war god, a god of love, the two of them intertwined in a sick hybrid. Billy Dent excelled at alternating brute force with tender love, then blending the two together until Jazz thought that being forced to mop up blood spatter was just a natural way to show love to his dad.
As far as the mystery is concerned, it was absolutely genius. It kept me on my toes and compelled my fingers to keep turning the pages well past when I should have. YA mysteries face a bit of a conundrum when it comes to writing them. The characters are likable but all too human, and their struggles and triumphs will have you rooting harder for a bunch of teenagers than you would have thought. And it will have you wondering, come book two and three, whether or not Jazz will take the bait and become the one thing he doesn't want to.
But do yourself a favor in the meantime and read this book for a spell First of all, let me say this: The book implies rape and contains graphic violence and brutal murders.
Definitely not suited for anyone under the age of On the one hand, I love the suspense, the guessing, the adrenaline. On the other hand I hate the suspense, the guessing, the adrenaline. I don't deal well with not knowing what First of all, let me say this: I don't deal well with not knowing what's going on. I don't like being left in the dark, and seem to fight a constant battle against myself while reading to not skip to the last chapter and just find out who the culprit is already.
It's exhausting, really. But, then again, it's also exhilarating. Like I said. This was one of those stories that just gripped me and didn't let go of me again.
I Hunt Killers is a brilliantly woven psychological thriller with a unique approach to crime investigation. Jazz knew killers. Billy had studied the serial killers of the past the way painters study the Renaissance masters. He learned from their mistakes. He obsessed over them. And he passed his knowledge down to his son. Lucky Jazz—those were the things he remembered from his childhood.
Now, at the age of 17, Jazz is one messed up kid. Seemingly normal and even charming on the outside, he constantly struggles against the not so normal urges inside of him. Jazz doesn't want to be evil, doesn't want to follow in his sociopathic father's footsteps and pick up where he left off, but it's getting harder to resist every day.
It could happen. And when that day comes, when I take my first victim…it could even be you. He can hide and pretend the killing spree has nothing to to with him, or he can make use of his knowledge in order to help the police catch the copycat. I loved being in Jazz's head.
It was equally disturbing and fascinating to follow his complex thought process.
His ability to easily read and manipulate people courtesy of his dad's schooling , to work his way into the killer's mind and try to figure out his motives, while simultaneously battling against his own demons was such an intriguing thing to witness. I just couldn't help liking Jazz. Jazz had an advantage the average teen could never have: The way the author managed to scotch any suspicions I might have developed towards some of the characters by simply letting Jazz analyze everybody, well..
And that made the story all the more appealing. An intelligent plot, an alluring protagonist, a terrifying villain and an array of fantastically developed supporting characters.
Exactly what I needed and what I was looking for in this book. View all 12 comments. Mar 13, Crowinator rated it really liked it Recommends it for: First Line: If only he felt as innocent as he appears. Is it wrong to refer to a semi-gory psychological thriller about serial killers as a scream? Because this book is a scream. No matter how vivid the gore, how serious the stakes, or how melodramatic the angst, this is a funny book.
The suddenly concerned adult comment from the Impressionist when he saw it cracked me up: It also relieves tension all the better to shock you later, mwahaha! I thought Lyga did an excellent job telling the story from the POV of a charming but disassociated teenager, always an outsider, looking in on others as if observing a lesser or alien species.
Jazz has to remind himself: Because when you lack empathy, you lack the ability to value other people the way you value yourself.
Does Jazz really lack empathy? His internal struggle over wanting to hurt and to protect people is really well developed. Is Jazz a burgeoning sociopath with homicidal tendencies? I speculate that a lot of what happens to him will hinge on his mother: Lyga does an excellent job, also, of making this a true mystery novel.
The police detective, G. There are a lot of red herrings that I feel were cleverly done, and the suspenseful scene where Jazz goes to talk to his father and ask for help just makes the puzzle bigger, rather than provide any pieces. Vicarious Smoochies: There is not much romance in this book, which is good because it would be seriously out of place.
Mood Ring: Google it to see, but know that it is much, much worse in person. It makes the hair stand up on your arms.
Kindred Quote: Just enough to make it seem realistic and grim and scary, but not so much that you feel like the story has devolved into an 80's slasher movie. That said, I watch and read a lot of horror and detective stories, and while I have my triggers, I might be more inured to the graphic nature of the murders in this book than the average person.
I also might feel differently if it had hit one of my triggers harder. So be warned: I had no idea there were so many, and that so many were so disturbing.
Billy Dent should totally have a murder ballad written about him. Everyone will compare this to Dexter , of course, as it is the most apt. While Silence of the Lambs is a great choice, I also think this would pair well with the lesser-known movie Copycat , in which a serial killer expert Sigourney Weaver — yes! As for books, I can think of several: All of them have elements of mystery, humor, and psychological horror.
I loved all the characters, I loved the entirely necessary level of gore actually, I think it was a bit tame, but I have been mainlining Criminal Minds for a long time , and I love that the mystery kept me guessing. If I had to come up with one criticism, I would admit that at one point I rolled my eyes Jazz's tortured self-doubt because the language he uses to express it is repetitive enough that it started to feel melodramatic, but then I was sucked back into the spell of this novel where it all felt appropriately dramatic and serious.
Longer review to come. Apr 13, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it it was amazing. There are few YA books not only told in the point of view of a boy, but a boy like Jasper Dent, who's father was a notorious serial killer and since birth, was raised to be one as well.
I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this book was. From the writing, to the execution, down to the very characters themselves, you never knew what was what. Was Jasper Jazz just like his father or was he different? Was he just a boy trying to be good or a killer waiting to break out of his shell and beco There are few YA books not only told in the point of view of a boy, but a boy like Jasper Dent, who's father was a notorious serial killer and since birth, was raised to be one as well.
Was he just a boy trying to be good or a killer waiting to break out of his shell and become what he was so lovely trained and conditioned to be? I loved every heart pounding moment of this story and the very characters themselves. If you are looking for something completely off the charts, completely unlike anything in the YA genre, a thriller that will leave you begging for more, your heart pounding and slightly disgusted with just how very much you loved all the horrifying events, this is a series you must try.
View 2 comments. Nov 21, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it it was amazing. This book is full of great characters. I love Jasper. I love how strong and smart Connie is and how off the wall Howie is. And man, is Jazz's dad evil. He does love his son, but dang. He's horrible! He's trying to turn Jazz into a copy of him. A serial killer like him. Jazz struggles with his messed up childhood and trying to resolve all of these issues.
He doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps. He'd rather prevent murder than be a murderer. This book is a YA version of Dexter in a way, This book is full of great characters. This book is a YA version of Dexter in a way, but it's still gritty and actually much better than Dexter which peaked at season 4.
Read this book if you like dark crime dramas, redemption and an excellent lack of race fail. Read it again.
You should read it too. Just do it. Still think this book is worth reading even though it is very disturbing. Mar 26, Misty rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are always times when you think the concept of a book is so interesting and potentially awesome that you're sure you're going to be let down when you read it.
It's some little failsafe in our brains, preparing us for disappointment because we're pretty sure we're going to be let down. And then, when that doesn't happen , and we actually get what we are hoping for - there's this moment of shock.
It's a little thrilling, actually. And it's all the more special for being rare. Thankfully - There are always times when you think the concept of a book is so interesting and potentially awesome that you're sure you're going to be let down when you read it. Barry Lyga gave me exactly what I was looking for.
The Nature vs. Nurture debate is one of the most interesting to me, and in a story like this, where a boy is essentially being groomed to be the world's finest Serial Killer Extraordinaire by his, um - talented? Nurture takes center stage. Jazz's father has been in jail for 4 years by the time the book opens, but Jazz can't really get out from under his shadow. He's been programmed to see the weaknesses in people, and his own superiority, and then to use that.
Being in his head, the reader gets to see what a struggle it is for Jazz to have any kind of normalcy. He clings to the things that make him human because he's terrified that he's a ticking timebomb - he's just waiting for something to set him off. He tries so hard to remind himself to be normal, because he's so terrified that he's not.
It's like N. Psychologically, this book could not have been any more what I wanted it to be. The doubt both on Jazz's part and on the reader's, for Jazz was just perfect. The way Jazz pushes people away and tests them to see if they'll finally give up on him - it's almost like a part of him is waiting for someone to give him permission. Jazz, and the narration, was knowingly calculating, which is chilling on its own, but what's great is that it chills Jazz too - but not enough to stop him from doing what has to be done.
The tone, too, was exactly what I wanted. Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminals' point of view. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer.
But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows? From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry l We want your feedback!
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