AudioBook Review: I HUNT KILLERS trilogy (Jasper Dent)

Posted September 21, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 1 Comment

AudioBook Review: I HUNT KILLERS trilogy (Jasper Dent)

AudioBook Review: I HUNT KILLERS trilogy (Jasper Dent)by Barry Lyga
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four-half-stars
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Series: Jasper Dent
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 366

I HUNT KILLERS:

It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field.
Except for the body.

Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some 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 criminals' point of view.

And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again.

In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

From acclaimed author Barry Lyga comes a riveting thriller about a teenager trying to control his own destiny in the face of overwhelming odds.

GAME:
Several Months have passed since Jazz helped the Lobo's Nod police force catch the serial killer known as the Impressionist. Every day since then, Jazz has dealt with the guilt of knowing he was responsible for his father's escape from prison. Now Billy Dent is on the loose, ready to kill again.

Jazz's reputation has spread far beyond the borders of his sleepy hometown, and when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple in a panic, and the police are running scared.

Jazz has already solved one crime, but at a high cost. Innocent people were murdered because of him. Is the Hat-Dog Killer his means of redemption? Or will Jazz get caught up in a killer's murderous game?

And somewhere out there, Billy is watching...and waiting.

BLOOD OF MY BLOOD:
Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz's serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home in tiny Lobo's Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: "Like father, like son?" Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King.

Review

What a fantastic Audiobook! Loved the plot! Fun, fun, fun! This series was a total blast to read! It was so unlike anything I’ve read before. Totally original!¬†Jasper Dent is a 17 year old living in a small southern town. He has a hilarious and goofy best friend, Howie, and a sassy girlfriend, Connie. And, oh yeah, his father is the country’s most most notorious serial killer. Before “Dear Old Dad,” Billy Dent, was locked away he taught Jasper everything he knew about killing. Now Jasper uses that knowledge to help the police catch murders.

So, do I have your attention now? This trilogy literally had me biting my nails. So much suspense. And, oh my gosh, it was super creepy and just chilling as hell. Dear Old Dad scares me! The narrator did such a great job of portraying the characters, but I can’t even describe how well he portrayed Billy Dent. His voice had chills running down my spine. Then he would switch to Jasper or Howie’s character flawlessly. He is truly a talented actor/narrator.

Just because this is a YA series doesn’t mean it lacks a serious punch. Barry Lyga’s writing is gripping, descriptive (especially about human anatomy and crime scenes), and scary at times. These books are not for the faint of heart. There are some sick people that do some very sick things. The I Hunt Killers trilogy is genius storytelling that doesn’t shy away from shocking readers.

I thought after the first two books, I Hunt Killers and Game, the series couldn’t get more disturbing, but I was wrong. The third book goes to an even more depraved place with some seriously evil characters. In the final book I had my only issue with the trilogy overall. It’s the only reason I’m giving the series 4.5 instead of 5 stars. View Spoiler »I was left with these questions. I know it is trivial, but it still bugged me.

All in all, this was a superbly written series, amazingly narrated audio books, and one of the most fun reading experiences I’ve had. Thank you to Kayla at My Book Muse for recommending it. ūüôā

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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About Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he’s also a “YA rebel-author.” Somehow, the two just don’t seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn’t you?

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl is his first novel. Unsoul’d is his latest. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse to pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers. He clearly does not know how to stick to one subject.

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