Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
Synopsis: Good Reads
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?
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.