Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

2012, Barry Lyga, first in a series, Little Brown and Co, review, young adult 1 Comment 21st May, 2012

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co
Release date: April 3, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Jasper Dent #1

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?

Holy freaking cow, I can honestly say I have never read a book like this. Adult thrillers have never really interested me, I got my fill of those watching shows like NCIS or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. And I hadn’t originally intended on reading this book. But I kept seeing it around the blogosphere and thought why not.

This is the creepiest book I’ve ever read. And the creepiness starts even before you start reading, because under the dust jacket is a figure outlined in blood splatter. The people in this book were awesome. And like Jazz’s mantra, people matter people are real, they were indeed real. My favorite had to be Howie, Jazz’s best friend. He gets dragged along on all the crazy things Jazz needs to do to find this serial killer, and never really complains about it, or even when stuff starts to really hit the fan, doesn’t run away from it. And he brings some humor to the story, which is much needed when reading about something so serious. Connie, the girlfriend, was awesome too, if maybe a tad bit unrealistic. I don’t know how many girls would really be able to fall in love with someone who was raised by a serial killer. But she also sticks by Jazz and doesn’t run, and I commend her for that.

What I love most about this book though was trying to get into the mind of a serial killer, try to know what they think they’re doing and why they’re doing it. That’s always been fascinating to me, because I myself cannot even begin to comprehend taking someone’s life, and when I think about it it’s incredibly horrifying. But obviously people who do these things think differently and I’ve always wanted to know how they can have so little respect for life. If I thought I was good enough I’d even to join the FBI to help find people like this try to get into their minds. If not for the fact that I was completely surprised by who the serial killer turns out to be, I’d probably be doing that job.

I don’t give ratings on the blog, but I do on sites like Goodreads and Shelfari to help remind me in the future how much I like these books, since things fade over time. I gave this book 5 stars, but hesitantly only because of how disturbing the subject matter is. But the author did an awesome with the writing and bringing his characters to life. I would love to see a sequel for this, since the ending was left open for one. I definitely want to know what happens to Jazz after the events of I Kill Hunters.

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