Book Reviews

Review: I Hunt Killers By Barry Lyga

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Published: April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company


Format: Hardcover


Page Count: 359


Series: Jasper Dent #1


Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Horror, Mystery


Synopsis: 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?

 

Spoiler Free Review:

I Hunt Killers  was recommended to me by my sister, so I of course I took her trusted opinion into consideration and gave this book a try. It ended up being a great book to read during October and I really liked it.  


The book is mostly told from Jazz’s perspective, the main character. But there’s also a few chapters from the killer’s perspective, which I really enjoyed. As creepy as it is, a story is always so much more interesting when the psychopath has a perspective. I also liked being inside of Jazz’s thought as well. There’s a lot of PTSD he’s dealing with which was huge part of the story line.


The plot was intense and gripping. Barry Lyga definitely did his research and went through the entire process of a murderer and serial killings. It was killer accurate (pun intended) and realistic. Usually with mysteries, I like one that can keep me guessing and surprises me with the outcome. Although it was a little obvious towards the end on who the killer was, I was still engaged in the story. I liked that there was more to the plot than just the murderers, there was also Jazz’s PTSD,trauma and inner turmoil. 


Jazz wasn’t my favorite character in the story, but it was intriguing to be in his mind. He had so many conflicting thoughts about becoming his father and having the ability to kill someone. I really enjoyed the psychological aspect to it and how Jazz suffered from the trauma and memories. He’s still a charmer and reminded me a bit of Patrick Jane from The Mentalist (one of my favorite shows). There was also Howie, who is your typical sidekick best friend. Connie was probably my favorite. She’s African American and isn’t just seen as Jazz’s girlfriend, but also the voice of reason.


Overall, I Hunt Killers was perfect to read during the Halloween season.  I would say it’s a lot like crime/mystery shows, but with teenagers. I probably would have like it even more if the characters were older, but it was still a lot of fun to read. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. 🙂

Rating: 3.25/5

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