Wed, September 24, 2014

The Jasper Dent Series by Barry Lyga Review

I Hunt Killers book cover

I Hunt Killers book cover

I Hunt Killers
By Barry Lyga
Publication date: April 3, 2012
Little, Brown and Company, 359 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

— Goodreads.com description

Oh. My. Word. This. Is. So. Good.

SO GOOD!

When you read as many YA novels as me, it’s rare to completely overlook a series, pick it up years later and just DEVOUR IT.

Enter: The Jasper Dent series. Here’s the rundown:

I Hunt Killers (April 2012)
Game (April 2013)
Blood of My Blood (September 2014)

The third and final book just came out, so I thought I’d start at the beginning and give it a go. A quick 1,343 pages later…I don’t know what took me so long!

I highly recommend reading all three back-to-back like this to get the most of the little nuances and clues throughout. If you like Dexter, if you like any sort of serial crime drama on TV or if you like fiction with psychological themes, this book is a must.

A complex story, a main character who is equal parts lovable and frightening, secondary characters who burst to life on the pages and writing that will keep you on the edge of your seat…again, I say: SO. Good.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Be prepared for gore. Just saying.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: barry lyga, horror, mystery, psychological
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  1. Stacy said:

    I finished this series not too long ago. I loved it. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Baryy Lyga needs to write another murder, crime series.

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  2. estelle said:

    I heard this author speak at a panel I originally wasn’t going to stay for and he totally sold me on his books… except I haven’t read them yet. I am going to get on this. I didn’t even know a third was out! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Teen Underground said:

    I also LOVE these books! In fact, my hold on Blood of My Blood just came in and I can’t wait to read it. This is always one that I recommend to my older teens when they are looking for something creepy but SO good!

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  4. sarah/appifanie said:

    Ooh, maybe, if I read it during the day 😀

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  5. Megan @ Reading Books Like a Boss said:

    I’ve heard from several of my bookish friends that this series is so good!! When I’m in the mood for some gore and darkness, I’ll pick this series up! I’ve heard good things!!

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  6. Anna Weimer said:

    Ooh you sold me with Dexter thing. This book sounds like nothing I’ve ever read before, which is awesome. Time to add them all to my tbr.

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  7. Tarryn said:

    This guy is so understated. Just after reading “I Hunt Killers”, I read “Boy Toy” and it was just as good. I’ve just finished the Jasper Dent series, and oh my. Need more!

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