Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: I Hunt Killers

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Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Genre: YA
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Source: Purchased copy.
Fave Quote: “Medicine cabinets are dangerous. Those doors, man. They'll just spring on you like a ninja.” 
Reviewed by Clayton, MrCaptKirk

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Here is my review of I Hunt Killers.  Hope you like it! 

I recently finished I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.  This story takes us on a journey through a young mans life who's father happens to be a serial killer.  The main character, Jazz struggles daily with his past.  He fights his past because he does not want to murder to be a family business.  I thought the author did a good job in describing the struggles that Jazz deals with as well as how it affects his relationships with his friends, girlfriend, family and people in general.  Howie, Jazz's best friend is adds I believe a little comic relief to the story and made me laugh several times throughout the book.  When murders being to occur in Lobo's Nod in almost exactly the same fashion as the murders his father committed (his father is in prison) Jazz is determined to help the police to solve the mystery of who the murder is.  He looks at the opportunity as a way to redeem himself and prove once and for all that he is nothing like his father.  If you are like I am, I attempt to, as I'm reading, figure out who the killer is.  I'm almost always wrong, but it's what makes reading mystery novels fun.  This novel did a great job of keeping you guessing until the very end.  Overall, I give I Hunt Killers 4 out of 5 stars.  This book does have some adult themes, but not overtly so.

We had the opportunity to meet Barry Lyga at the Decatur Book festival in September, you can read all about our festival experience here.

By the way, per Game: The Sequel to I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga comes out April 23, 2013. So you still have plenty of time to get I Hunt Killers read before the sequels release!


  1. OK I am glad you could read this, I cannot do it. Serial killer books make me go all spazzy. Is it more about the child than the crazy dad?

  2. Yes, the book focuses more on the issues that Jazz, the serial killer's son, faces in the small town where everyone knows who his father is. It reads more like a mystery, Jazz in the book is really worried that he will 'become his father' or that people will think he is like his father. He focuses on trying to capture the killer to prove that he is a good person and not like his dad at all. There are also several funny parts to the story. I don't think this would be your typical serial killer book.