Book Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt KillersWhat’s it about?

You’re seventeen years old and your father is the most notorious serial killer America has ever produced.

He brought you up. Taught you everything he knows. Everyone in your ordinary American town knows who you are. So even though Dear Old Dad is safely behind bars, when the killing starts all over again, you are the first person the police come to see…

They don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture. And neither do you…

My thoughts

I wanted a book that would excite me so I ditched my planned read of All Things Cease to Appear and picked up I Hunt Killers instead.  Thanks to Claire at Art & Soul for the recommendation and the actual book.

This is a very good read if you’re into serial killer books that gives you an insight into their twisted thinking and psychology.  The scenes with Jasper as a young child and his father were the most monstrous and simply horrific on all levels.

Some of it smacked big style implausible, I mean come on, the protagonist is 17 and manages to get himself included in the murder investigation…..whaaaaatttt? Because of that it reminded me of the John Grisham Theodore Boone series. There’s a 13-year-old kid that goes into actual (animal I think) court to represent clients….I know, I know, if they didn’t there wouldn’t be a story 😉

I felt some parts were, for want of a better phrase, dumbed down, I’m assuming here because of its targeted YA audience. You know, where one character is explaining a procedure to another, implying that certain readers wouldn’t get it however the actual crime scenes and murders were anything but. They’re extremely graphic, albeit told as memories and articles that kind of thing but nevertheless the scenes of torture, rape and incredible suffering are bloody gruesome.  I’ll never be able to look at drain cleaner in the same light!

I did get a little bit tired of Jazz’s constant self-doubt in thinking he would turn out like his father…I was like ok, we get it, you’re in turmoil, now get on with your life.

Liked the pace, liked the style….didn’t see the ending coming at all!  Will I read the next installment? Probably, yes!

Read if you liked Normal by Graeme Cameron as I think you’ll like this too.

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  1. 8th July 2016 / 11:08 am

    Jazz’s constant teenage ponderings about whether he’d turn out like his Dad were the one thing that got to me. As you say, we get it, now move on!!

  2. 9th July 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Great review but I’m not sure I could read this one. Would probably have nightmares for weeks.

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