Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 95% or A
Buy It: Amazon
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?My Thoughts::
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?
I love creepy. I really do. I like books that make me think about things in a different way and just bring up ideas that aren't commonly touched upon. When I read the description for this book I knew I wanted to read it because I never saw anything like it before. Besides, I love Criminal Minds, so this was kind of similar. You get to look through the eyes and go through the mind of a killer.
The plot was more exciting than I thought it would be. I just thought it would be gruesome or violent. Instead it was investigative and thought provoking. It really did feel like I was watching a crime show. The entire time you're just as in the dark as the other characters are and you're trying to put all of the clues together. I love it when a book makes my mind work. There were plenty of twists and surprises to keep the book even more intense.
Jasper had a dynamic personality. There were several sides to him that are all trying to coincide which adds another dimension to the book. I felt so bad for Jasper and all he is struggling with. The little flashbacks that we get were both super creepy and a way to get to know Jasper's dad.
There was so much about this book that I liked. The characters were amazing, though not all were very much fleshed out besides Jasper and his dad, but I can hope for a sequel right? I want more of Howie!!! Awesome best friend is awesome! Lyga did a great job of giving us just enough information about outside characters to make us suspicious and add to the mystery.
Overall I think I Hunt Killers was a clever book and a mind sharpening read.