Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
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Source: ARC compliments of the publisher
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?
I’m sitting here thinking about how I’m going to write this review because I don’t want to sound like some kind of weirdo for liking this book so much! And the reason that I liked it so much is because I felt like I was in an episode of Criminal Minds (one of my favorite shows). Jazz was raised by one of the most infamous and deranged serial killers in the world. His father essentially taught how to be a great killer and how to do it without getting caught. His father is now in prison and he is trying to live as normal as possible.
The major theme of I Hunt Killers is nature vs. nurture which I think is an excellent argument. Jazz is constantly haunted by the lessons his father gave him and believes that he is fighting the serial killer nature within himself. So when people are being murdered in his small town, he knows that he is the most likely suspect so he tries to figure out who is killing according to his father’s pattern.
Howie is definitely one of my favorite characters in the book. Even though he has a rare blood disease where he could bleed out in a matter of minutes very easily, he is still Jazz’s very trusty side kick (and the comic relief). He believes in Jazz more than any other person in the book and knows that Jazz’s strong nature and moral compass will win out over the way he was raised.
I Hunt Killers is a definite must read for all those who are big fans of mystery, suspense, thriller and serial killer books. Even though I was expecting this book to be more of a horror book, I still give it 4 hearts because it was awesome!