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March 29, 2012

Review of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga with Giveway

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?

The dark thriller, described as Dexter meets The Silence of the Lambs for teens, tells of a boy who uses his killer instinct, inherited from his serial killer father, to help solve a series of murders.

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I wanted to check out I Hunt Killers since the moment I saw the cover. With (what I am assuming is) blood splatter all over the cover, I was already in love. What girl doesn’t have a thing for scary looking covers? That is a rhetorical question. Anyhow, even though I didn’t know much about the book just from cover glances, the title was a dead giveaway: I Hunt Killers. Obviously after reading the synopsis, I was already in love and oh so very eager to begin reading. I will admit and tell you that from the first sentence to the final sentence, the novel was perfect and unforgettable.

Everything about I Hunt Killers invited me in; the cover. The chapters. Even the plot. (I’m pretty sure Edward Cullen said something similar to that before…). Anyways, the point is that I Hunt Killers was amazing. It was like reading a CSI novel for teens. And I absolutely loved getting to live inside of Jazz’s head with him and see the horrible life he has to live. To me, Jazz was a character who seemed both real and sad beyond all belief. Not only were we able to experience all of his memories of living with his Dad the serial killer—Billy, but we also got to see all of the things he learned about the art of murder.

But what really had me going was the mystery of the new serial killer around town who is raising the body count—and in a fashion that imitates Billy Dent. Whoa! Unexpected! Did I forget to mention the part where, just for kicks, the serial killer cuts off a certain amount of victim fingers, but leaves behind the middle finger (I’m sure you all know what that means). Did I also forget to mention how there are a few chapters that felt like real treats because we got to see through this unknown killer’s eyes?

You read heard me correctly. We got to read a few chapters that came from the point of view from the new serial killer, who gave himself the name The Impressionist. From what I could gather, every single Impressionist chapter had me finding connections to two certain villains from pop culture. Those two villains being the Riddler and the Joker (hardy ha-ha, this reviewer is a comic nerd). But honestly! The Impressionist had a level of intellect and insanity that made him the perfect antagonist for me! In fact, after Lord Voldemort and a couple other YA baddies, the Impressionist makes my top ten!

The mystery of the novel and the slight insanity managed to form an equilibrium that managed to make me smile. Not only will you be kept guessing who the killer is until the end, but you’ll also be wondering if maybe just maybe Jazz might not be all that sane. Maybe he is a killer like his father. Maybe he is the serial killer. And of course, there’s always the question of what do Jazz’s dreams mean? I personally thought that, upon the realization of who the Impressionist really is, I wanted that final frontier to be more…climatic. Don’t get me wrong, it already was climatic; I just wanted it to be a longer ending with a few more twists.

However, I do love the fact that I Hunt Killers ends on a high note and left set up for a sequel. I know that if author Barry Lyga does give I Hunt Killers another novel that I’ll be first in line to eat it right up! I would recommend this to fans of the thriller and mystery genre, as well as those of you who just want to read a novel that is unforgettable, well written and an epic tragedy.

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44 Comments

  1. Christina
    3/29/2012

    Well, there are a lot of awesome villains out there. At the moment, I'm really wanting to go with a non-literary villain, because I'm pretty sure the ones I grew up with will always be the best: Scar from The Lion King and Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

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  2. Chapter by Chapter
    3/29/2012

    @Christina
    Fantastic choices! Disney does have some awesome villains!

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  3. J.R.
    3/29/2012

    Great review! I wasn't going to read this book but after reading your review I added it to my list of books that I want to read.

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  4. Arianna
    3/29/2012

    Yikes, sounds creepy. I'm not sure if this one is up my ally! Thanks for stopping by!

    Arianna @Wandering Librarians

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  5. Danielle Smiley
    3/29/2012

    I love a well written review and yours was fabulous!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Danielle

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  6. Proserpine
    3/29/2012

    Hi! If I had to choose one from Disney, I'll probably pick Jafar from Aladin, but Ursula from the Little Mermaid is great too! Thanks for this chance!

    Proserpine

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  7. Lindsay
    3/29/2012

    President Snow… HAHAHA! Thought I would keep it recent!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

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  8. Sayomay
    3/29/2012

    Light from Death Note! He's the only villian that i was rooting for the win!

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  9. Maegan Morin
    3/29/2012

    Ok well my favorite isn't actually a villian per se. But he's no angel either. I like Raistlin from the Dragonlance series.

    megnate at telus dot net

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  10. Christina Kit.
    3/29/2012

    Voldemort! Definitely!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Carrie
    3/29/2012

    Mmm good question! Azazel from Supernatural was interesting :)

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  12. bn100
    3/29/2012

    Voldemort

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  13. Lauren Mackesy
    3/29/2012

    Deloris(sp?) Umbridge from Harry Potter. I can't even watch that movie because I hate her so much. lol
    Lauren

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  14. LeDerpyReader
    3/29/2012

    Lord Voldie! :D

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  15. Lolawid
    3/29/2012

    He who should not be named! :o)

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  16. FireStarBooks
    3/29/2012

    The Joker!!! I hate him but love him! UGH! My emotions are so conflicted!

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  17. Megan
    3/29/2012

    Jafar from Aladdin! He has the best villain goatee!

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  18. Kali Skittles
    3/30/2012

    @Maegan Morin Omg, I *love* Raistlin!

    My favourite villain is… I was going to say Ursula as soon as I saw the question, but after reading the comments a lot of people picked her too, so I'll go with my favourite villain from a book recently and that would be ..well maybe she isn't really a villain but the step-mom in Cinder. I hated her, but overall I loved her character! I always love when people are saying how much they hate someone from a book (esp. if the person is supposed to be hated) because then the author did just what they set out to do! :D

    Thanks for the giveaway, I'm SUPER excited to read this. I realize this novel probably isn't that gorey but I think the blurb about this is fascinating and I've always been interested in serial killers.

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  19. MistressMoon
    3/30/2012

    My favorite villain would have to be the Joker from Batman. He's just so crazy. And awesome. And crazy. He just wants to watch the world burn,just because. I mean….that's gotta be the worst kind of evil. xD

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    mangafaninu@yahoo.com

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  20. Doodle
    3/30/2012

    My favorite villain is Scar from The Lion King!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    (Emily R in rafflecopter)

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  21. Krista
    3/30/2012

    Dracula, the original! I love all the possibilities that he opened for so many other villains out there.

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  22. Leannessf
    3/30/2012

    Lord Voldemort – not one redeeming quality!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leanne

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  23. Stephanie
    3/30/2012

    Captain Hook from Peter Pan!

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  24. Mariah
    3/30/2012

    Adore all the Disney villains!

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  25. Bonnie Regan
    3/30/2012

    Favorite villain?! That's tough.

    I'd say…
    Ursula. :)

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  26. Hushed Paradox
    3/31/2012

    My favourite villian is Caine Soren from the GONE series by Michael Grant.

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  27. Julie Witt
    3/31/2012

    Awesome review! This book looks and sounds SO creepy, in such a good way! I can't wait to read it! My favorite villain is Lord Voldemort :)

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  28. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books
    3/31/2012

    Voldemort! Voldy, Voldy, Voldemort! Flight of death!

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  29. Janiera
    4/2/2012

    voldemort, i mean no one can top that. Thanks for the contest…. i got to read this one!

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  30. nicolesender
    4/3/2012

    My favorite villain is the Sherrif Of Nottingham in Robin Hood.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Becca H
    4/3/2012

    Ohh this is hard, I usually love all the villians to be honest, hahaha. But I'm going to go with Klaus from TVD.

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  32. Suz Reads
    4/4/2012

    Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He's a villain but still kind of sweet too!

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  33. Na
    4/4/2012

    The villain from 100 Dalmation Dogs is fantastic,

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  34. Persephone
    4/6/2012

    Oh, so difficult to choose just one. I go with Magneto from X-Men

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  35. Lord Voldemort for sure! He was an evil guy I could really root for lol

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  36. G. Donald Cribbs
    4/8/2012

    My favorite villain is the devil. C'mon. Who can write this? A fallen angel seeks to overthrow God and gets cast out of heaven. Then, he seeks revenge by taking down as many humans as possible because he knows he can't win. Epic.

    Thank you for the great review. I already wanted to read it, but now I want to even more. Thanks for the opportunity! You Rock!

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  37. ringothecat
    4/8/2012

    it depends, but today I'll go for either Hannibal Lecter or Sauron

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  38. Froze8
    4/8/2012

    favorite villain?

    Slade from Teen Titans, he was just so good at being evil and cool at the same time <3

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  39. Kissed by Ink
    4/8/2012

    My favorite villian…the one who cannot be named. Yes, Voldemort is my fav.

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  40. Helen
    4/10/2012

    darth vader

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  41. Kimberly Lim
    4/12/2012

    I would go for Disney Villains, because their like classics…
    – Maleficent

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  42. Denise Z
    4/13/2012

    I have to go with Snape! There is just something about his badness that is so good LOL

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  43. Shanella
    4/13/2012

    I love the villain in the Inkspell trilogy

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  44. ImmessNuh
    5/1/2012

    |Very nice design and style and wonderful subject matter, nothing at all else we want : D.
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