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?
My thoughts: Thanks to me attempting to watch the first 4 seasons of Dexter in these last few months, I’ve definitely been more open to books like I Hunt Killers. Because more than likely, if I didn’t discover that I liked shows like Dexter, I probably wouldn’t have been open to reading about the son of a serial killer.
What helped me the most when I actually started the book was that it gets right to the action. There’s no boring opening. Everything happens for a reason, and there are no random scenes where nothing happens so it drags until the last few pages. And what was fun about this book was that I was so determined to figure out who the killer was before Jazz did. Seriously. Like, this was my new goal in life… But like a lot of people who’ve read this, I missed all the clues completely. And despite my hurt pride, not knowing whom the killer was just made everything a lot more exciting.
One thing that did concern me half way through was that I thought I’d stop liking Jazz. He’s charming and smart and cunning, but he whines a lot. I’m not saying he doesn’t have reason to whine. He REALLY does. But having him repeatedly voice his fears about becoming his father was starting to get to me. This is where Connie comes in (thank God). Who’s Connie? Jazz’s awesome girlfriend, that’s who she is! She puts him in his place, which is exactly what he needs. Of course he also has his best friend to keep him sane throughout the crazy that is this case.
And speaking of the case, I thought it’d be the most difficult thing Jazz would have to deal with. Then I get to the last chapter or so and something totally unexpected happens, which justifies the reason for this being the first book in a series. This next book is going to (have to) be on a whole different level. And judging from the last couple of pages, Jazz means serious business, so it should be awesome!
Side note: Although I referenced Dexter, Jazz is not one of those people who have to fake emotion and have the need to kill people… Which is nice. :)