Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Posted October 31, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers

by Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published on April 3rd 2012
by Little Brown & Co
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | 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?

4 Stars

I Hunt Killers is not what I expected it to be. Not by a long shot. Sure it was as intense and gripping as I expected. Maybe even a little more. But there was a lot more depth to it. This was so much more emotional than I thought it would be.

I Hunt Killers is about Jasper Dent, Jazz for short. He’s a likeable teenager, a charmer. But he’s also the son of an infamous serial killer. And for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was about 365 days a year. Jazz witnessed crime scenes from the criminal’s point of view, something most cops only wished they could. And now bodies are starting to pile up in his hometown Lobo’s Nod. Jazz, in an effort to clear his name, joins to police in the hunt for a new serial killer. But what if Jazz is more like his father than anyone knows?

I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish with this one. It was intense and I was hooked immediately, but like I said, I didn’t expect it to be this emotional. The atmosphere of the story is a pretty dark one most of the time and I really like that. Now that I think about it, it matched Jazz’ mood about 90% of the time. Unfortunately, Jazz has a pretty dark and depressing mind. But who wouldn’t in his shoes? I’ll be honest… I didn’t expect to like Jazz this much. I really rooted for him and I felt for him. My heart broke for him. He struggles with his past. With his father’s past. He doesn’t want to end up like him, but feels like it’s inevitable. This isn’t just a mystery/thriller. It’s also a contemporary book about a boy trying to find who he really is. Fighting who everyone thinks he’ll be. And that’s what sets him apart from his father. That’s why I loved Jazz.

The only times the mood is a little lighter, is when he’s with either his best friend Howie or his girlfriend Connie. I loved how they both kept Jazz grounded. Kept him from going over the edge. They see him as more than his father’s son. His friendship with Howie was genuine and really nice to read about. I loved their interactions and how Howie didn’t let his illness get in the way of helping his best friend. Howie was a very nice and amazing character and I loved him. He’s a very loyal friend to Jazz and just a great person. Connie is stubborn and honest. I really liked her and how she wasn’t afraid of Jazz.

However, I didn’t buy the romance 100%. I mean, I felt that they cared for each other and Connie went above and beyond for Jazz when it comes to proving him he’s not who he thinks he is. But the romance was already at that point when the book began. Which took away the build-up. I wanted to know how it started. Even a flashback or Jazz thinking about it would have sufficed. I didn’t get that and it took a bit of the feels away for me.

This is not a horror story. Sure, it’s pretty dark and gritty at times, but it’s never really horror. This is a contemporary mystery thriller, a very good one at that. It’s perfect for when you’re in the mood for a unique and pretty original myster thriller with a lot of depth. I really, really enjoyed this book and I hope you do too when you get a chance to read it.


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