Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published by Little, Brown and Company on April 3, 2012
Source: My Library
Rating: 4 stars
Judge this book by it’s cover.
Hunt Killers is an emotion packed, terrifying thriller about Jasper (Jazz) Dent. Jazz grew up with his father who just happened to be.. a lawyer? Nope …a plumber? Nope …the world’s most famous serial killer? Yeah, that sounds about right. Dear Old Dad, as Jazz called him, got into the triple digits (of murders) and became the most notorious serial killer in the world.
The book picks up when Jazz is 17 and his father has been put away for quite some time, but a new killer is on the loose in Jazz’s home town and he is copying Jazz’s father’s murders to the letter. The reluctant police team up with Jazz to catch the Impressionist (as he liked to be called) and stop the murders before it’s too late.
Reading this book at night is not a good idea (I know from experience).
Probably my favorite thing about the entire book was the conflict inside Jazz. Throughout the whole thing he has the constant struggle about whether or not he should become a serial killer. And then he wonders that if by wondering this if it means he is already a sociopath. His father, grandmother, and the Impressionist all believe that he is a killer, he just hasn’t killed anyone yet, to paraphrase from the book. However, Jazz just wants a normal life or as normal a life as he can get.
Some of the other characters confuses or annoyed me. Jazz’s grandma was… let’s just say a crazed meanie. One minute she would be talking about how Jazz was going to turn out just like his dad and the next she would be acting like a 12 year old at a school dance. She was supposed to be crazy, but I thought it was a bit over the top.
Also, I had figured out who the Impressionist was about two thirds of the way through the book, so the big reveal wasn’t really a big reveal. But I think the message of this book wasn’t necessarily about Jazz finding the killer, but Jazz finding himself and realizing that he wasn’t a cold blooded killer on the inside. Even by the end of the book he’s still not convinced, so I’m excited about reading the second book to see how it ends up.
Over all I loved it, but it was a bit dark and a tad gory. If you aren’t a fan reading about dead bodies and sociopaths, then this book is definitely not for you. If you are like me and enjoy reading murder mysteries/psychological thrillers, then go get this one, it’s pretty fantabulous. ~The Red Queen
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (clairetbartlett.wordpress.com)