BOOK REVIEW: I Hunt Killers – by Barry Lyga

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Title: I Hunt Killers
(Jasper Dent #1)
Author: Barry Lyga
Genre: YA, Thriller, Horror
First published: April 3rd 2012
Finished reading: July 6th 2015
Pages: 359
Rating 5

“You won’t even know you’ve crossed the line until it’s way back in your rearview mirror.”

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I was in the mood for a good thriller/mystery read the other week and decided to pick up my copy of I Hunt Killers. I ended up getting exactly what I wished for and more! This read is creepy, disturbing… But SO good! The main character Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent is the son of a serial killer that has over one hundred victims on his name. His father has been caught four years ago, but Jasper is afraid he might end up following in his father’s footsteps since he didn’t exactly have a normal childhood. Jazz is such an interesting character and I really like his best friend Howie and his girlfriend Connie as well. This first book of the Jasper Dent series shows the internal struggle Jazz has to face and his determination to not turn into a murderer like his father wants and most others expect. Barry Lyga was able to mix horror elements with humor and great prose. The only downside is that I Hunt Killers ends with a mayor cliffhanger… Which leaves me no other choice than reading the sequel ASAP. Recommended!

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Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent looks like a normal and very charming teenager, but he has an infamous past. His father is one of the biggest serial killers around and until Jazz was thirteen and Dear Old Billy got caught, his father trained him to follow in his footsteps. It’s been four years since his dad was sent to prison, and Jazz is desperately to try and live a normal life. It’s hard to ignore his urges and his father’s lessons, but he really doesn’t want to be a killer… But the truth is, he DOES know a lot about serial killers and their ammo. So when another body turns up dead in his small town, Jazz is sure there is another serial killer on the loose. The police first don’t want to believe him, but soon find out they will need Jazz’ help…

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This thriller/horror read is both terrifying and funny at the same time. The prose and fast pace make it easy to read and it didn’t take me long to finish I Hunt Killers. The final chapters were so exciting that I was sitting on the edge of my seat and couldn’t stop reading! A delightfully messed up and disturbing read and definitely recommended to those who love to read a good thriller/horror story.

WWW Wednesdays #47 – July 8th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

wonderthegoldfinchI’m currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio and really enjoying it so far. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to read it! I’ve also started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Finally! I’ve had a copy collecting dust on my shelves ever since it came out… So I guess it’s about time. It’s too early on to form a proper opinion about it though.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Iscarletihuntkillers absolutely loved both last two reads and given them 5 stars each… It’s been a while since I had two amazing reads in a row! I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is a creepy, disturbing but amazing read. It ends with a cliffhanger that makes me want to read the sequel ASAP! Scarlet was just as great as Cinder or maybe even better, and I will definitely try to read the rest of Marissa Meyer‘s The Lunar Chronicles VERY soon.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavemasqueradeI have been saying that I am going to read either my TBR jar pick The Kings Of Cool or The 5th Wave next for the past two weeks… But apparently that isn’t going to happen. To be honest, I don’t have a clue what to read next. Maybe Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier for the When Are You Reading? challenge?

Teaser Tuesdays #50 – July 7th: I Hunt Killers

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’m currently reading I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and I’m absolutely loving it so far. It’s creepy, it’s disturbing… But SO good! I’m definitely going to try and finish this one ASAP and probably read the sequels soon as well… Although I might need a feel-good novel in between to take a break from the creepiness. Still, I already have the feeling I will add this series to my list of favorite reads!

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My teaser (41%):

Everyone said that pursuing Billy had almost driven the sheriff crazy. So what if that ‘almost’ wasn’t part of the equation? What if G. William had gone completely off his rocker and now had become the thing he hunted? Was that possible?

No.

No. Jazz wouldn’t let himself believe it. Not everyone has a killer inside. Not everyone is like me.”

 

What are you reading right now?