I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Audio Book Review
Published April 3rd 2012 by Hachette Audio
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Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer. But he’s also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and “Dear Old Dad” (as Jazz calls him) has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn’t know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows (hopes) that he has a conscience, that he isn’t like his father, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father’s wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don’t know it yet) hunt down “The Impressionist”–a new serial killer in town.
As The Impressionist kills more victims, Jazz uses the “skills” he’s learned to determine the killer is copying his father’s career–almost to the letter. Everyone in town thinks that Jazz could be the murderer, and why shouldn’t they? The only people that stand by him are his hemophiliac best friend, Howie, and his tough, beautiful girlfriend, Connie–one of the few girls Jazz feels comfortable around given his father’s history: his dad may have murdered dozens of women, but they were all white, and Connie is black.
As the bodies pile up, Jazz struggles with determining his “true” destiny. Ultimately, he manages to stop The Impressionist, but in the meantime learns his father has escaped from his maximum security prison, and Jazz may have played a role in his escape… For now he’s safe, but he knows his dad is out there, somewhere, looking for his next victim…
“Jazz spent a chunk of the day fantasizing about ways to kill his grandmother, plotting them and planning them in the most excruciating, gruesome detail his imagination would allow. It turned out his imagination allowed quite a bit. He spent the rest of the day convincing himself–over and over–not to do it.”
I cannot say much about the book version of this story (because I haven’t read it), but the audio version was excellent!
The book was narrorated by Charlie Thurston and he was very good at making his voice sinister for Mr. Dent. I was able to decipher between the many characters and was pulled in by the story and entranced by the reader’s voice many times.
The premise for this book was awesome!! Poor Jasper Dent is a 17 yr old just trying to forget his horrible life. His father is a convicted serial killer and had taken special consideration teaching Jasper his trade. His mother is dead, possibly by his own doing, and his grandmother that he lives with is a crazy loon. He still has nightmares about his father and is fearful of becoming like him.
Now, if you have a weak stomach or do not like gore, this book may not be for you. There were some parts explained in explicit detail of what the killer had done to his victim.
I enjoyed all of the characters and the plot literally had me addicted to listening. My favorite is Jasper’s best friend, Howie. He was hilarious and the fact that he had haemophilia, a blood clotting disorder, which caused some interesting scenarios.
The ending was quite the cliffhanger and I am very much looking to what comes next!!!
“…called nine-one-one,” Howie was saying, “and then I heard something in the alleyway, so I went back there and” –Howie coughed– “and valiantly attacked his knife with my guts, to no avail.”
“Did you get a good look at him? Could you describe him?”
Howie smiled wanly. “Yeah. He was about yay long” –he held up his hands, four inches apart– “thin, made of steel. Pointy. Sharp.”
4 Good Nite Kisses!