Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Released: 2012
Summary: Lobos Nod is famous for being home to the notorious serial killer Billy Dent who had victims in the triple digits. The Billy Dent slipped up, was caught, and sent to prison. These days, Lobos Nod is still home to a Dent, Billy's son Jazz. Jazz wishes he could be a normal kid, but with a legacy like Billy's hanging over you, it's impossible. When a batch of new murders pop up in Lobo's Nod, everyone is on edge, Jazz especially. Jazz knows that with these new killings, attention will return once again to Billy and to him. Jazz decides to track the killer down for himself, but struggles with doing it for good or just for the chance to redeem himself.
My Thoughts: This book creeped me out! I enjoyed Jazz, Howie, Connie, and G. William as they rushed to catch a killer and I loved the guessing game of who-done-it. But this had to be one of the creepiest, most disturbing, scary YA books I've read yet. There were a couple of nights that I would put the book down and be afraid to go to sleep. I would hear noises outside and then be afraid that a killer was right outside my window. If you want to freak yourself out, then go ahead and read this at night, but if you scare easily, then stick to daytime reading. 
I liked Jazz. The struggle that he was going through felt so real. Is he destined to end up like Billy or is he destined to do good things in the world? Also having Billy's voice in his head and nightmares was just plain scary. I think Jazz characterized what it really must be like to be the child of a notorious killer. Super super creepy.
I really liked Howie and Jazz's friendship with him. Howie offered a bit of light to a very dark story.
I wasn't blown away by the relationship Jazz and Connie shared. I just felt like the chemistry wasn't really there. I also really thought Connie would end up on the victim list eventually.
And that ending!! Why do that to me when I don't have the second book nearby? I have to know what happens next.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I was very creeped out through most of it and enjoyed the mystery aspect. If you want a good scare, then pick up this book.
Be afraid, be very afraid cause Billy Dent is terrifying


  1. +JMJ+

    Your reaction to this reminds me of my reaction to the movie Red Dragon. I was scared to death after watching it, not because of anything spooky like ghosts, but because of the suddenly real possibility that a serial killer would target my family!!! I've only seen Red Dragon out of the Silence of the Lambs franchise, but because of that, I don't want to see the rest of the movies!

    1. Yes! We are on exactly the same page here. I'm a lot better at reading scary books then I am at watching scary movies. Movies tend to scare me more, I blame all the music and the tension. I've seen some of Red Dragon and it was pretty scary.