I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316125849
Source: Publisher
Synopsis: Good Reads
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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?

My Review: 

When I was introduced to I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga, I could not stop thinking about it. I am always fan of a riveting novel that is dark and twisted and I instantly knew that this book would satisfy my most morbid of curiosities. 


I was not disappointed.


I HUNT KILLERS centers on Jasper Dent, son of an infamous serial killer. He is a complex character that is constantly needing to prove to everyone, including himself, that he is NOT like his father. Jasper is trying his best to be a regular teenager, school-girlfriend-best buddy, everything normal on the surface. Yet, deep inside Jasper is at war with himself and it comes forth through his brutally honest yet disturbing inner dialogue. When a string of murders return to his town he is convinced that he can find the killer because years of being the sole eye witness to his father's depravity had sealed his fate and now he was going to prove to the world that he was not a killer. Unfortunately this quest will lead Jasper to confront his demons, both manifested and real while trying to be a step ahead of the killer.


I enjoyed this story because it just got under my skin and made it crawl. I know that sounds horrible but a good novel can do that me and Barry Lyga accomplished it beautifully. He created a story that is dark and disturbing but it also had great moments of comedic relief that were brought forth from this well fleshed cast of characters. I enjoyed Jasper's inner dialogue because it allowed me to understand him better and despite its frightening nature I could not help but be drawn to him. I also adored his best friend Howie and tough-as nails girlfriend Connie, both of which provided Jasper the support he needed and their interactions were some the best I have seen in a long while. While I have a fondness for those three characters I have to point out that this book has a myriad of memorable characters that will make an impression and stay with you long after you have read it.


Barry Lyga has masterfully written a story that offers us a peek into the mind of a killer, allowing us to witness the demons that rule their every move and it is savage, scary and addicting.  I know that after I read I HUNT KILLERS  I had to make sure the doors and windows were locked so that I could feel a modicum of safety and yet it was not enough. A highly recommended read for those fans not afraid of a bit of blood and darker themes. If you enjoy the Dexter series then this is a definite read for you.

Absolutely twisted in the best creepy way possible. LOVED IT!!! and cannot wait to read what happens next. So, please hurry Mr. Lyga, I beg of you.

1 comment on "Review: I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga"

1 comment:

  1. I read a lot of girl point of views. Boy points of view are always interesting to me, and what an interesting premise.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Michelle @ Oh! For the Love of Books wrote:
April 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I read a lot of girl point of views. Boy points of view are always interesting to me, and what an interesting premise.


Post a Comment

We would love to see what you have to say :)

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

The Ravenous Readers

Grab Our Button

Email Twitter RSS Feed

Contact Us

We are avid readers from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG ADULT or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email us. We accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. We are also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check our review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. talesoftheravenousreader
(at)gmail(dot)com

Follow by Email

Followers

What Nancy is Reading

What Christy is Reading

Christy's Currently Reading


goodreads.com

@ravenousreader on INSTAGRAM

Net Galley

Professional Reader

**GIVEAWAYS**

**GIVEAWAYS**
Unknown Book + Swag

Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

We have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that we have failed to post, please let us know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.

AUGUST

WILL RITTER
Books Inc. at Laurel Village
Monday, August 29 @ 7pm

WILL RITTER
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Tuesday, August 30 @ 4pm

Book Launch: SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, August 30 @ 7pm

SEPTEMBER

RANSOM RIGGS AND TAHEREH MAFI

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, September 1 @ 7pm

RANSOM RIGGS-LOOP DAY

Rakestraw Books in Danville
Saturday, September 3 @ 9am TICKETED EVENT

RANSOM RIGGS-LOOP DAY

A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair
Saturday, September 3 @ 11am TICKETED EVENT

RANSOM RIGGS-LOOP DAY
NYMBC Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Saturday, September 3 @ 2pm TICKETED EVENT

RANSOM RIGGS-LOOP DAY

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, September 3 @ 4:30pm

RANSOM RIGGS-LOOP DAY
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Saturday, September 3 @ 7pm

KIM ZARINS
The Avid Read in Davis
Sunday, September 11 @ 2pm

ELIZABETH EULBERG
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Monday, September 12 @ 7pm

ELIZABETH EULBERG

Copperfield's in Petaluma
Tuesday, September 13 @ 4pm

CALLA DEVLIN
Books Inc. In San Francisco
Wednesday, September 14 @ 7pm

GAYLE FORMAN

Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, September 15 @ 7pm

TRACI CHEE
Book Launch for The Reader
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, September 16 @ 7pm

GAYLE FORMAN

Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Friday, September 16 @ 7pm

JACQUELINE WOODSON
St. John's Presbyterian Church
in Berkeley
Tuesday, September 20 @ 7:30pm

KASIE WEST
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, September 23 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, September 26 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Tuesday, September 27 @7pm

LISA McMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

DAVID ARNOLD in conversation with JANDY NELSON

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LEIGH BARDUGO

Linden Tree Books in Lost Altos
Sunday, October 2 @ 4pm
(there are very specific rules for this event so please visit the link and check it out beforehand)

ANNE BISHOP
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, October 2 @ 4pm

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

Kepler's hosted event at Redwood Shores Library
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7pm

RICHARD PECK
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, October 5 @ 3pm

MICHAEL DI MARTINO in conversation with GENE LUEN YANG
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 10 @ 7pm

MARGARET STOHL
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, October 14 time TBA

KRISTEN CAST and P.C. CAST
Borderlands Books in San Francisco
Sunday, October 16 @ 3pm

MARIE LU
Mrs. Dalloway's North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30

MATTHEW KIRBY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 18 @ 7pm

MARIE LU

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 19 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW
A Great Good Place For Books
Friday, October 21 @ 7pm

NYMBC Presents: KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Books Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER

SJ KINCAID Book Launch for THE DIABOLIC

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, November 1 @ 7pm

TARA SIM book launch for TIMEKEEPER

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, November 5 @ 5pm

GORDON JACK

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

Rating System

♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

Would not recommend

DNF=Did Not Finish

Book Tour Host

Blog Archive

Blog Stats

Blog Designer