Monday, July 14, 2014


I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read by author, Barry Lyga, and now I'm a fan!

I picked up this book because it was recommended (in the book HOW TO WRITE IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT by Mary Kole) as an example of how to make an unreliable narrator likeable. The main character, Jazz, is certainly likeable in I HUNT KILLERS.

And this is a creepy book!

I was a little surprised that this was a YA book, because it is very gory, very violent, and it features the POV of the killer as well as the teenage main character. So while I'm not sure I'd run out and recommend this to the teenagers I know, I would definitely recommend it to my friends who read Dean Koontz and/or Stephen King.

And this is an excellent book in the study of psychology. Seriously. Is it possible for the son of a notorious serial killer to become anything not-like his father? And is it wrong for ALL parents to want their children to grow up to be better than them? ... Jazz's dad just wanted Jazz to become a better serial killer. YIKES.

Such a great book. I couldn't put it down. But if you don't like horror and gore, don't pick this one up.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Margo. It does sound like a creepy book. A serial killer wanting his son to be a better serial killer? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.