get caught. Otherwise, why hunt at home? . killer.' You're jumping the gun, kid. Serial killers have to have at least three victims. Over an caite.info In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his. I Hunt Killers book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What if the world's worst serial killer was your dad?Jasper.
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I Hunt Killers. Home · I Hunt Killers Author: Lyga Barry Killers · Read more · Killers. Read more · Killers Hunt · Read more · Faceless Killers. Read more. The first book in this thrilling, terrifying series by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga is perfect for fans of Dexter. It was a beautiful day. It was a. 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.
But don't think for a minute I'm happy about waiting While law enforcement, a small police force headed by the man who brought Jazz's father to justice and saw the worst the man was capable of, doesn't notice anything too particular, Jazz knows in his gut that another serial killer is on the hunt. It's like N. I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone and their mother! Despite its humorous tone and exceptional writing, however, my guess is that this is going to be an extremely polarizing book.
Fucking Doug Weathers. He's got people wanting to give him money. He's got grieving parents contacting him for closure. He's got people angry at him, asking why he didn't just stop his dad. That, combined with Billy's persistent brainwashing and total control, meant Jazz had never uttered a peep to anyone. When you're the child of a serial killer, wouldn't it be wisest to just stay out of the picture?
Especially for a kid so smart, so savvy, so good at manipulating people and appearing normal like Jazz supposedly is? It doesn't make sense to me why he'd want to get so involved. Disbelief aside, the mystery itself, the procedures, the glimpses into the serial killer's work was well-done.
The clues were given gradually, and that in combination with the flashes of POV through the killer's eyes makes this an excellent armchair detective novel. I was constantly guessing for the whodunnit through all the little bits and pieces given. There is gore, there is blood and torture, but it's nothing the average viewer of CSI or Criminal Minds haven't seen before. I liked all the characters. The villains, the cops, not everything is black and white.
People grow, people change. Even Jazz himself is not immune to foolishness, regret, and hubris. My main concern before starting this book was the premise I expected detectives to be bumbling fools, I expected people to compartmentalize Jazz, I epected this to be a Them against Me story.
I was wrong. Everything and everyone had more depth than I expected. Oh, and the ending. Did I see that coming? Nope, nope, not from 10 miles away. View all 33 comments. Jasper Dent is the most popular teenage boy in school.
Not just in school but in the whole town although for the last reason you could think of. Cou Jasper Dent is the most popular teenage boy in school. Could he really be set on stopping the kills or could he really be what everybody expects him to be? This is an example of a brilliantly unique psychological thriller premise with the exact amount of suspense, affective psychoanalyses to boggle your mind all combined to create a gritty story for young adults. To me, this is almost unheard of.
Identifying the killer was kind of easy and a bit predictable but it did not interfere with the suspense of the story. For the author to be able to come up with an idea like this alone is already impressive. I would really want to read the sequels but they're too long for me and lately I've been such a lazy reader and couldn't seem to read anything more than pages. Someday, I hope I could.
View all 39 comments. Mar 22, Giselle rated it really liked it Shelves: Is this bizarre?
Maybe a little. But with an older sister at home, I skipped the fairy tales, instead I grew up watching Freddy Krueger and reading murder mysteries. Naturally, I Hunt Killers immediately attracted my interest with its serial killer's son synopsis. Then when I removed the dust jacket and saw this: You have to admit, there is something fascinating "A serial killer's greatest ability is the ability to blend in" I love being in the mind of a serial killer.
You have to admit, there is something fascinating about serial killers. The way they think, how they analyze and see the world. It's no secret that they're sociopaths, but in most cases they have very high IQs, making them highly interesting to study.
These people are masterminds. In I Hunt Killers, being in the most notorious serial killer's son's head, we learn a lot about the ins and outs of this lifestyle. Jazz is such a captivating protagonist. He's deeply disturbed by what his father has done, not just the killings themselves, but how he has was raised - to be his protege. He doesn't want to be like his father, but is it too late? Is the damage done? It's sad and it's terrifying to be inside Jazz's head.
I questioned it all as much as he did. Is he sane? Is he dangerous? His best friend Howie is quite the opposite. He's simple minded and a great supportive friend to Jazz.
I adored him. Plain and simple. Together, they can be pretty amusing. I loved the added humor in this novel. It's just the right amount to give it charm, while keeping the overall plot gritty and dangerous.
Accidentally cut off three fingers postmortem? Clumsy me, in trying to perform CPR, I chopped off some fingers! Guess I'll take them with me…Oh, darn, where did that middle finger go? She's senile, suspected to suffer from Alzheimer's with bouts of delirium; she was never really right in the head to begin with. As you can imagine, this brings up some pretty amusing antics from her when cops and media are involved.
Like crawling on the floor army-style with a kitchen knife; it's distressing, really - but her delusions are priceless. Mongrel babies to kill white folks! And they're gonna give me the AIDS to kill me off! Does it bother you to think of feeding human eyeballs to a cat? You may want to steer clear of this one. Although it's considered YA, there is a fair amount of gore and plenty of blood running through these pages. Jazz can't get away from his father constantly invading his thoughts, and now he has to find the one mimicking him; the story is definitely explicit and I appreciate that Lyga didn't shy away from it.
This rawness - it gives a convincing portrayal of a teenage killer's son's story. The mystery itself is not insurmountable. There are two or three obvious choices that become quite apparent, but there is still an extra twist I didn't expect, and the bigger storyline of Jazz figuring himself out is what's at the heart of this book.
The ending - exciting and alarming - opens up tons of possibilities for the sequel which I am greatly anticipating! View all 19 comments. Sep 03, Matt rated it really liked it Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze.
After making my way through the entire collection of prequel short stories in this series, I was ready to commence the novel trilogy, armed with enough background information. His father, Billy, is one of the most notorious serial killers of all times, captured by fluke a few years ago.
His mother disappeared wh After making my way through the entire collection of prequel short stories in this series, I was ready to commence the novel trilogy, armed with enough background information. Forced to live with his senile grandmother, Child Protection Services have Jasper on their radar, as he all but raises himself. When the body of a young woman turns up, the authorities are baffled, having had few deaths in the area since the last s.
Discovering the body of the victim has had fingers removed, Jasper knows that this is a serial killer on the loose, though no one is ready to believe him, at least until another body shows up.
It is then that Jasper thinks back to all he knows about killing and victim selection. These victims ring a bell for Jasper, one that comes to him in another of his flashbacks.
They follow the list of early kills by Billy Dent, which may allow Jasper to forewarn the authorities. Rather than waiting for more bodies to pile up, Jasper makes the risky decision to visit his father in prison, in hopes of learning something new.
Meanwhile, in the shadows, the Impressionist lurks, looking for the next victim. Lyga spins a wonderful tale to get this series going. There is a great deal for the attentive reader to learn within these pages and this is sure to help create a real buzz for the rest of the trilogy and handful of short pieces on offer. A friend of mine got me interested in the I Hunt Killers series and I have not been able to put it down.
The prequel short stories laid all the needed groundwork before I dove into this piece and have not been able to put it down. Exploring the life of a teenager who was raised to kill poses an interesting premise, one in which Lyga has begun a deeper exploration. Jasper Dent is surely a young man whose past is coming back to haunt him.
His flashbacks and knowledge of death open the discussion of nature versus nurture when it comes to personality traits, something the reader can discover by keeping a close eye on the character development found within. Lyga has laid the groundwork for Jasper in this novel, as well as the prequel pieces, all of which comes to the surface at various points. Jasper seeks to shed the persona that has been attributed to him while also seeking to use that knowledge for good.
His determination not to sit on the sidelines can be applauded, though he does flirt with danger throughout. The handful of secondary characters surely complement Jasper, particularly his closest friends. The three teenagers may have tendencies to act their age, but the story is not told in such a way as to make it seem corny or even teen-geared. There is a certain grit to the narrative, one that cannot be easily explained, though it works well to propel the story forward.
The scenes are gory at times, but not explored in an overly-graphic nature, allowing a larger cross-section of the population to enjoy the book. Lyga has developed his story and characters very well and keeps the plot moving forward, including some twists near the end that will push readers to get their hands on the next novel, if only to learn more about what is going on. Kudos, Mr. Lyga, on an outstanding series debut novel. I am glad I read the prequel pieces first, as it enriched my reading experience, but you have done so well that I could have started here without issue.
An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 10 comments. Wait - I mean, early Dexter. Not the I-wonder-out-loud-while-doing-the-thing-I'm-wondering-out-loud-about- Dexter we're forced to stand in the end.
What Dexter? Come on! See, everything is in the voice-over and Oh, dear. Don't get me started about the dumbest thing the show became in the end. So, I loved Dexter. I love everything serial-killer related.
Therefore I was prepared to love this book. It didn't disappoint. I guess here's the moment where I must warn you that even though it's YA, this story isn't for the faint of heart because we come across some really disturbing and gore scenes. But then, the serial killer deal must have already warned you, right? Do you think we can turn someone into a serial killer? How much does our upbringing influence our actions? Can we turn our back on faith? Is faith a real deal or just a bunch of irrational fears?
Can we fight our interne violence lurking? Talk about supreme confidence. Jazz couldn't help it; he sort of admired the guy. People matter. People are real. People matter Indeed after a slow start, this book was such a page-turner that I gave into it hours long without thinking about anything else, hooked as I was. Isn't it the perfect larceny? Just look at the definition. There's that. I'm pretty sure that's permanent, except for some lucky characters of SF novels.
Now, do I regret reading it? Not by a long shot. Lobo's Nod Here's a little village where nothing never happens. Except that thing - you know, the arrest of one of the biggest serial-killer of all times - aka Jazz's father.
Okay, there's that. Play with your mind This book appears to be some psychological and thought-provoking thriller , as we are immerged in Jazz's somehow disturbed mind, getting an insight in the mind of that particular kid who's been raised by a monster. Of course I loved that, what do you think?
There's enough depth in the characters to make them enthralling and interesting to follow. Oh, man, talk about daddy issues. What a tortured kid, and for reasons.
Being in his head, hearing his father pieces of advices, following him while he tries to act as a human , to read people correctly in order to appear normal, to be normal, to kill no one, because People Matter guys That was fascinating to see him struggle between his desire to be good and the darkest parts of his mind who made him wonder If he gave in If he let them flow What would happen?
The feelings. The memories. The things that he'd been taught and then forgotten, but that lurked somewhere in his brain's basement, ready to strike like stalkers in the night. By this father's actions. By the way he was raised. By his fears to become a real legacy for his serial killer of a father.
By this knife he can't help but see in his nightmares. Broken in a way nobody can understand. Because he won't let them see.
Don't get fooled though: Jasper is no innocent victim. He's manipulative and flashing his mega-watt smile comes just as easily to him as breathing - he became a master of "looking normal", and has a millions expressions in his arsenal to use when needed.
As his father, he's charming, handsome, and looks completely above suspicion. Actually he reminded me of Dexter in the way he has to read people to know how to act sometimes: Is Connie happy? Hmm, yeah, she seems to be. I mean, the girl does smile. That's a good sign right? Little tips: He's got also this dark humor I loved in Dexter, this ability to see life through a twisted glass, to see people as they truly are, free of their false pretenses Or so he thinks.
Jasper, always on the edge of Jasper, for whom I ended caring deeply. This loyal kid cracked me up something fierce. William, State sheriff - too nice to be true, but then, guilt and pity can do that to people, I've been told.
As Jazz expresses it, she's his anchor, his human part, somehow The one who's not afraid to tell him that this killer joke, now, wasn't the best idea he could have.
Can he swear never telling it again? In my opinion she's perfect for him. About their relationship, it seems important to mention that contrary to many YA books, the author didn't take the simplistic approach of the overwhelming romance we often find: He hoped that's all it was.
A human thing? What if he was losing his connection to her? God, don't let that be. Did I guess who the killer was? Nope, but then, I'm all kinds of stupid with thriller sometimes, and most of the readers guessed earlier. Now, I don't think guessing would spoil the read because what's important here is the journey through Jazz's mind in my opinion. That's where this book is filled with originality. You want to read a regular investigation?
Go in the bookstore, check the thrillers. There's tons of them. Will you find other Jaspers? I don't think so. Let's face it, if he did I wouldn't write this review, because there would be no book, so, well Moreover, I really think that guilt can grandly influence people behavior, so his need to show that he's good, that he isn't like his father?
That's believable to me. Bad me. Why, of course I recommend. For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 32 comments. Jan 09, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an entertaining YA thriller.
It had a nice blend of mystery, action, and suspense. We followed the exploits of 17 year old Jasper Dent, son of the worlds most notorious serial killer, as he tried to help the police in his local town hunt down a copycat killer of his father. The story was interesting enough. Jasper was a decent lead character. He had a horrible childhood and his evil father had taught him to be just like him and so Jasper was worried that he himself was destined to becom This was an entertaining YA thriller.
He had a horrible childhood and his evil father had taught him to be just like him and so Jasper was worried that he himself was destined to become a killer. Lyga really did a good job selling that aspect of the story. The big flaw in this book was the secondary characters. I never really managed to form any sort of emotional attachment to them. The mystery aspect of the story was pretty well done. I never guessed the identity of the copycat killer until just before the big reveal and even then Lyga had another big twist up his sleeve that should make for an interesting sequel story!
All in all this as an entertaining YA read. I feel like I'm being a bit generous here but this is better than a lot of the books I rate 3. Audio Note: Charlie Thurston did a decent job with the audio.
Already partway into book two. Because this might be the first series since Hunger Games that I read back to back to back. Not that that's a big thing or anything.
View all 3 comments. Mar 29, Stacia the club rated it really liked it Recommended to Stacia the club by: Oh who are we kidding Our lead character Jasper Jazz is no exception. Except in his case, he is smarter than the average bear cop. After all, you might know a thing or two when your dad is one of the most famous serial killers of all time. His skills are bound to come in handy when hunting down a serial killer who is copying his dad's moves.
Welco HEY. Welcome to Three fingers on the right hand were missing - the index finger, the middle finger, and the ring finger. The thumb and pinky were all that remained; that hand would flash devil horns while the corpse rotted in the ground somewhere. Apparently, being smart enough to catch a killer does not include knowing the difference between the "devil horn" sign and the "hang loose" sign.
Ah well, I'll let that slide. Jazz is still pretty useful. So what if his brain's a little fried? Mine would be too if I had to watch my dad mutilate people and animals when I was a small child, and because of this I now couldn't get my father's voice out of my head. Struggling is what makes it worth doing, Billy said.
Jazz closed his eyes, trying to chase away his father's voice, but it was no good. This is not an easy read. The details of the murders are startling and graphic. It's a pretty dark story.
I was, however, completely bowled over by this peek into a life so far out of the realm of ordinary. The poor kid His father and grandmother believed him to be a monster, while his best friend and girlfriend were doing everything in their power to counteract that belief. Even Jazz himself didn't truly know who he was. Was his father right? Was his destiny not in helping to catch the killers, but instead to become one himself?
It's just I can. I imagine it's like being a great runner. If you knew you could run really fast, wouldn't you? I'm so happy that this book is going to become a series. It's going to be quite the experience to watch as Jazz figures out his own head. I like that he's conflicted. Not everything is black and white in his world.
The multiple viewpoints were especially interesting. Getting the chance to be inside of the killer's head added a bit of extra creepiness to the story. Bonus points go for fitting in a Silence of the Lambs reference. The last few chapters definitely had a SotL vibe.
I was digging on it. I can feel it. View all 62 comments. Mar 26, Mariah Roze rated it really liked it. This book was nothing like what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. Jasper "Jazz" Dent is your average teenager. He still deals with trying to figure out who he is and what to do when your dating. The one problem that he faces that no other teenager faces is that his dad is the world's worst serial killer.
His dad brought him to work daily and showed him the ways of murdering and getting away This book has been on my TBR forever, so I brought it on vacation with me so I'd finally read it. His dad brought him to work daily and showed him the ways of murdering and getting away with it.
Jazz had the experience of witnessing crime from the criminal's point of view. However, his dad finally got caught after being in the triple digits with murdering , but somehow there are still bodies piling up in Lobo's Nod. The bodies have a remarkable resemblance to Jazz's dad's first couple murders. The victims have the same initials, occupation, sex and age as the victims that Jazz's dad originally killed. And they are in the same order; killed by the same method.
Who was this killer infatuated with his dad? Jazz wanted to know and he decides to join the police in a hunt for the new serial killer. This book was really enjoyable! I plan to read the next book in the series when it comes in from the library. This book was a fast read that kept my attention the whole time. At times it was gruesome… I suggest this book to people that like mysteries, murders and Young Adult reads: View all 8 comments.
Combining two great genre's.. Thriller serial killer shit and young adult. You would think I would be all over that. I was to a point.
Jasper Dent is one of the world's worst serial killers son. He isn't that family member who swears they never noticed anything being off about his dad. His dad trained him. Trained him to kill, and do it well. He teams up with his best buddy Howie who I simply adore and his girlfrie Combining two great genre's.. He teams up with his best buddy Howie who I simply adore and his girlfriend Connie to do some investigative stuff on their own when a serial killer again targets their small town.
Enter my problems with the story. There is no way in hell that a police dept is going to allow a 17 year old as much freedom with butting in on their case. Just no way in hell. The book somewhat reminded me of the Dexter TV series which my husband has completely gotten my hooked on, but still is a fresh new take on it. I'm hoping the other books in the series are a tad bitter more believable than this one for me. View all 9 comments. When Jasper was twelve, Billy finally escalated and got caught by the local sheriff, G.
Jasper is the first to notice the pattern and as the bodies start piling up, he becomes obsessed with stopping the copycat. In Jasper, Lyga created a well-rounded, consistent and truly believable character. He is smart and incredibly observant, but severely damaged, and very easy to love. But he's not the only one worth mentioning. Of all the fabulous characters that were built around Jazz, his girlfriend Connie was the one who really stole my heart.
It is rare that a teen character, especially a secondary character, is so strong, self-assured and genuinely kind. Usually, these chapters are either about the gore or about allowing the reader to really feel the fear of the victims. Yes, they were interesting, but they were mostly about The Impressionist's obsession with Jazz himself, which is something we could have figured out on our own.
There was, however, one thing Lyga did better than most: He found a way to create a hero that is special in some way without degrading the small-town sheriff and his people. The narrator, Charlie Thurston, did an amazing job differentiating the voices of all the characters. The changes in accents were minute, but they were there, and they were very impressive. He also handled the emotional scenes in a way that made me believe and really feel them.
Also posted at The Nocturnal Library View all 5 comments. Aug 31, Poonam rated it really liked it Shelves: So this one has gore and can be icky at times but it has flashes of humor which was surprising.
The book is well balanced where the dark side is combined with the humorous tones of the writing. I would still say it is a Dark read and to read this only if you can bear the sadistic workings of a killers mind.
The book is from the perspective of 17 yr old Jasper Dent who is the son of famou 3. The book is from the perspective of 17 yr old Jasper Dent who is the son of famous serial killer Billy Dent. Jasper is charming and manipulative He has a girlfriend and a best friend, lives with his grandmother and I truly don't know what to make of his relation with her!
There are series of killings that have started again in the small town where Jasper resides and Jasper gets involved in the investigation. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer.
But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows? From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.
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