Book Review: I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga

Little, Brown and Company Published April 3, 2012 359 Pages

Little, Brown and Company
Published April 3, 2012
359 Pages

Jasper is the son of the world’s most famous serial killer. Growing up, Jasper was exposed to things people only see on television. He knows the ins and outs of crimes and that makes him valuable.

When a new serial killer comes to the small town of Lobo’s Nod, Jasper joins the police force to not only stop the bodies from piling up but to also prove he is not his father.

Wow. . . .

That was my first reaction once I finished reading this book.

The first thing that blew me away was how realistic the entire story seem. From beginning to end nothing in this book felt fake, sensationalized or ridiculous. It felt like one of those crime shows that come on television.

Because this felt so real, it as creepy. Really CREEPY. I always complain about mystery books that don’t have enough creepiness in it but this book right here!  . .  hit the nail on the head. I had to put the book down on several occasions because it was so detailed it was freaking me out.

I loved the simple complex Jasper. A boy trying to fit in at the same time trying to stop his fear of becoming like his crazy father. What I didn’t like was one part of this book when his girlfriend who is black said she did not care for her ancestors being slaves or the past because it had nothing to do with her. Honestly, I was confused by this and so was Jasper who is described as looking at her as if she is half crazy. I feel that this section was unnecessary and only made me completely dislike her.

But what I also liked about the book was the comic relief of Jasper and his best friend. It transitioned the story very easily and it was a nice break.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Will I read the second book? I am not sure because after I finished this book I had to watch spongebob for an hour. Do I think this author is a must read? Yes.

5 Pickles

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