Mini Review Monday: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
I Hunt Killers
Summary From Goodreads:
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?
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I ran across I Hunt Killers on Netgalley when all three books in the trilogy were on there thanks to the newest one, Blood of My Blood, coming out in September. I didn’t want to get greedy though, so I decided to just get the first book and see what I thought, and I’m glad I did.
I Hunt Killers is disturbing, but not because of the murders or the tales of a serial killer. It’s Jazz and his messed up mind that make the book have a creepy, almost dirty feel to it. Being brought up by a serial killer, and one that not only didn’t hide that fact, but tried to train his son to be an even better one than his father was, had some serious side effects on Jasper’s psyche. It is chilling, an surprisingly realistic in depicting his budding tendencies to become a sociopath, all working in the book’s favor.
Jazz has to constantly battle his father’s teachings and the way that he sees the world because of them, something that causes issues with his friends, his girlfriend, and more than anything else, himself. He is always afraid that he’ll become his dad, that he’ll use his training for something evil instead of good, and that he’ll hurt those closest to him. To top it off his memory is shaky at best, and he can’t remember details of much of his childhood, including what happened to his mother.
The thrill of the chase and the way that Barry Lyga explores the depths of the human mind and the lengths it can be pushed to before it snaps make this book a very compelling read. It was another one where I took it all in one sitting, not wanting to miss a detail with a similar passion to the main character, and I Hunt Killers definitely made me want even more.
The small town made a lot of what happened possible, but it might be the only negative I have about the book. I never really got a great feel for what the place was like outside of a few specific areas, and while they weren’t specifically needed, it would have been nice to know the surroundings a bit better. Being as small as the town is it also constrained some things, forcing limitations of what the author could do, while giving them an easier manipulation of time because things took longer to come to pass versus the same scenario in a city. It will be interesting to see what happens later in the series when there is more room to work with.
Overall this was a great, thrilling read. I am looking forward to continuing the series in the somewhat near future, and learning more about what type of person Jazz will become, though I have my hunches. It is pretty graphic though, so keep that in mind if you consider picking it up. Thanks as always for reading.