Does the apple fall far from the tree? ~ ‘I Hunt Killers’ by Barry Lyga #Review #COYER #CTRAT

I Hunt Killers by Barry LygaWhat if you’re father was an infamous serial killer? And you’d known this fact almost your entire life? And you father relished the idea that you would eventually join the family business?
Jasper “Jazz” Dent is just such a kid. His father’s in jail now, with two life sentences – but that certainly doesn’t keep his “lessons” from permeating every bit of Jazz’s life. Billy Dent did have a psychological hold over Jazz during those years when he was racking up the body count. But does that mean that he has the same tendencies, whether from DNA or his upbringing, and he won’t be able to control them? Jazz has the same hold over people due to his engaging smile and spot-on ability to display the right emotions. He just hopes that’s all he has inherited from Billy.
Jazz has become close to the sheriff who brought Billy down, and when Jazz hears on the police scanner that a dead body has been found, he quickly finds a secluded spot to watch what unfolds. Suddenly, it’s clear that, improbable as it sounds, there seems to be a second serial killer in town. And there’s something familiar about the killings. But Dear Old Dad is incarcerated and watched over 24/7. That means someone else has moved in, and Jazz thinks he needs to be the one who uncovers who it is.

Not only is there a great mystery here, but reading Jasper’s inner monologue is fascinating. He struggles with what he assumes are his traits that he’s received through biology and his desire to be nothing like his father. This fight between good and evil manifests itself in many ways, from the day-to-day existence where he lives with his grandmother, who is already a little crazy, to understanding the mind of a serial killer, to loving/caring for and never wanting to hurt his girlfriend and his best friend. His brain takes him places that he doesn’t want to go (or does he?) and he know that with this new round of killings, he’s the most likely suspect.

It’s a very gripping thriller, full of intrigue, twists and turns…and an ending that left more than a few loose ends untied. That’s not always my favorite thing, but since the other 99% of the book was fabulous, I can say that I will be continuing the series to get some answers.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga was published April 3, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.

Rating: 4

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Horror Mystery Thriller Series
Ages: 13 and up

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