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?
Can any good come out of something awful?
Jazz is the son of a serial killer. Being brought up among dad’s tools and trophies, Jazz knows a lot about crime. He doesn’t know if he’s up to any good but one thing is certain – he is not going to leave grandma now that Dear Old Dad is being locked up and put behind bars. When a body is discovered in the small town that he resides, he starts wondering if more people will suffer and die. Is he prophetic or is there a serial killer lurking?
It has been a very long time since I last read a crime mystery. I didn’t know what to expect of I Hunt Killers, but as I read it, I felt an eagerness to keep reading it. I liked the plot – it’s suspenseful and quite thrilling. The story wasn’t overly complicated and I enjoyed figuring out who was playing cat and mouse with Jazz.
Do I like Jazz? I want to say yes, but to be honest, I find him trying way too hard fighting his own inner demons. Maybe he’s smart, but he doesn’t come across as being the most careful type. He seems confident when he’s among other teenagers but when he’s with adults, he sounds unsure of his position. Most of his struggles are relatable, although I didn’t fully understand his scope of insecurities until I learned more about the deeds of his dad. Personally, I’d say he’s very different from his daddy. And I pitied him for being soft when he knew he’d pay a price for his soft-heartedness.
What surprises me the most is the relationship between Jazz and his grandma. I have to say, grandma is not the easiest person to like but strangely, her weirdness brings out a genuinely sweet side of Jazz that not even his girlfriend can reveal. Through seeing how Jazz suffers through the moodiness of his grandma, I begin to see why Jazz doubts his own goodness. I guess I’d feel the same if I were in his position.
Suspenseful and marvelously entertaining, I Hunt Killers brings us not only an interesting crime mystery but also a small town story that is sad, eventful and somewhat peculiar. Some scenes are a little on the gory side but I personally didn’t find them too scary or horrific. Jazz’s friend Howie is quite hilarious and I like that he adds some liveliness to the story. The ending is not something that I’ve expected and it makes me wonder what Jazz might do now that he has suffered so much because of his daddy.
Could we be seeing more of Dear Old Dad in future installments? I certainly hope so!
Although I don’t feel an urgency to pick up Game (Jasper Dent, #2) right away, I think this is a series I’ll continue reading. Have you read the second book? If so, would you recommend it? Please feel free to comment and let me know. Thanks a lot!