I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga — Review

I Hunt Killers by Barry LygaSummary:

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?

Review: 3.5 Stars

I’ve wanted to check this book out for a while now, and finally picked it up because I’ve been into books with darker themes lately. A few years ago I read The Naturals series and really enjoyed it and since this book sounded kind of similar I thought I would give it a shot. I Hunt Killers was pretty good, but it wasn’t as thrilling as I hoped it would be. I think that this series has a lot of potential though, so I will continue with it.

Even though it is a mystery, this was a character driven novel. I Hunt Killers is told from Jazz’s point of view and it is pretty interesting to see the way he looks at things. As the son of the most notorious serial killer Jazz was raised to be a killer himself and his internal battle against his upbringing is part of what makes this book so interesting. It really made me think a lot about nature versus nurture, free will and what makes a person good. I really loved Jazz as a character. Actually, I loved all of the characters. Howie, Jazz’s best friend, was one of my favorite characters and was a constant source of comic relief.

The plot didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat like I had expected, but I still really enjoyed it. I Hunt Killers is really interesting psychologically. Jazz helps profile a serial killer using the knowledge he learned from being raised by a serial killer himself. If you have any interest in psychological profiling you should check this book out. I do feel like the pacing could have been a little faster though. While I was never bored I did find it relatively easy to walk away from the book. I thought the ending was pretty great. I never saw the twist coming and the way the book ended made me eager for the sequel.

I Hunt Killers was a really interesting book. I loved the psychological aspects of the story. It wasn’t as exciting as I expected it to be, but it was dark and it really got me thinking about how someone’s upbringing affects them. The characters were done really well, but I wish that it was a bit more thrilling and faster paced.

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