I'm a fan of the tv series Criminal Minds, just started watching season 1 of Dexter and loving it! That's why I was pretty excited when the book was finally on the shelf of my local bookstore. Hailed as Dexter for young adults, I Hunt Killers doesn't disappoint!
When the local Sheriff doesn't have it in him anymore to go into the mind of a serial killer after doing it years ago to catch one, putting his dad, one of the most notorious serial killer in the world, in jail, it's up to Jasper Dent to step up to the plate. After all, it's natural for him to think like a serial killer, having been raised and trained by one. In fact, Dear Old Dad believes he'll be a serial killer like the world has never seen before. Now Jasper has to catch the killer who seems to be reliving his dad's kills before the killer leaves the small town of Lobo's Nod. Maybe he'll prove to everyone that he's not a killer. But the thing is, it's himself he has to convince the most. He's dangerous and he's not sure if one day he'll give in to the urge of killing people.
Lyga has written a taut murder mystery that will keep you hooked well into the middle of the night. What I like most about this book is the mix of the characters the author threw in with Jazz, his crazy shotgun wielding grandma, his sassy girlfriend he was initially attracted to because she's not his dad's "type", and his Hemophiliac best friend who is so fragile he serves as a reminder that people are people, not chickens for carving. The killer in this installment could have been a bit more of a challenge but the first book did good groundwork for making his dad seem like a big bad ass who is in an entirely different league.