Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Purchase: Amazon
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?
My Thoughts:
This people!  This is the book I have needed in my life!  I have no idea why I waited so long to read this!  I Hunt Killers has everything I am loving right now in my reads!  Serial killers, suspense, drama, blood, gore, delicious creepiness, and masterfulness!  I loved every single second of this and yes I know that might mean I have a few problems of my own!

I'm sure you have read before that this is like Dexter and well I haven't seen Dexter so I don't really know if this is true.  All I know is that this was amazing!  We have Jazz who has grown up being groomed by his father to be the next super killer.  Billy Dent killed in the triple digits before he was caught and he tried raising his son to step into his footsteps.  Jazz fights everyday to be normal and not who his dad wants him to be. When I new killer comes to town Jazz knows this guy is up to something not normal.  After putting clues only he can see together Jazz realizes that this guy is copying someone very close to Jazz and he has to stop him. 

I loved how the story had both perspectives in it.  I can't explain why I loved seeing the killers POV but I did.  It was wild and just crazy, but it was an awesome addition to the story.  I felt like the guy was right behind me!!  I won't lie I had the killer pegged from Ch 14, but that didn't stop me from loving this. It just showed me how bold the killer actually was when he would make certain moves and it made me really keep my eyes peeled for him.  What did surprise me though was the ending.  I was so not expecting what happened and I won't lie it totally keyed me up for the next one.  It is sure to be a bloody book!

I really liked Jazz and his friends.  He was a great character and I really sympathized with him. The only thing that got to me was how confident he was in his manipulations.  I know he was groomed to be this way, but after awhile I didn't need to be told the ins and outs of how he got away with certain behaviors.  All that really could have been left out.  Other than that though I really loved Jazz. He has a tough road ahead of him and I can't imagine how will overcome what his dad hopes for him to become.  I mean the details that he knows about serial killers is frightening!

I have to mention Howie. Oh Howie he was a wonderful breath of fresh air in this gory book. He kept certain scenes a little lighter than they would have been otherwise I can't wait to see what he says in the next book.  I also loved Connie.  She stood up to Jazz at his weakest and showed him that he doesn't have to be a monster.  She is one tough chick that I hope Jazz keeps around for a very long time.

Barry Lyga has truly crafted a hair raising tale that will have me looking under beds for days to come!  Bring on the sequel!!

4 snowflakes


  1. I love this series, and I love to recommend it to my teen readers. Yes, it has a "Dexter" vibe, so you may like those books too. Great review!

    1. I really loved the first but the second fell a little flat for me =( I am hoping the next one is epic though!!

  2. I've been looking for a book just like this! I guess I just found my next read :)

  3. So glad to hear you enjoyed this! I have this one too but haven't read it. I heard the second book ends on so major cliffhangers but I think the third book just came out so I'm definitely ready to start the series! Thanks for the awesome review :)

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

    1. The second does have a cliffhanger, but well since the book didn't work out for me I was okay with it lol. I am hoping the third book returns to this formula =)

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