Tuesday, August 13, 2013

[Review] I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Genre: YA Thriller 
My Rating:  ★★★★★

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

Jazz is 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 only wish they could--from the criminal's point of view. 

Now, with bodies piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod, Jazz must work with the police to prove that murder doesn't run in the family. 

It was clear from the first chapter that Jazz was going to end up on the list of my favorite dark hero characters. Being raised by an infamous serial killer, he knows how to charm, how to con, and how to kill. Brainwashed for most of his life, his worst fear is becoming like his dad. The kid's seriously messed up. And I like it.

Besides Jasper, there's a great host of characters: Senile Gramma, his goofball best friend Howie (who he has an amazing bromance with), and Connie, Jazz's tough, African American girlfriend (which I was totally not expecting, but pleasantly surprised all the same).

Lyga's writing style is phenomenal. The voice was perfect and, since I've been struggling a lot with that in my writing, I'm super envious of him. It read a smoothly as a scalpel cutting through flesh. I couldn't put it down.

Morbid, chilling, and hilarious, I loved every second of it. There's nothing more I can say except GO READ IT. щ(ಥДಥщ)