Sunday, January 2, 2011
Review - I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
Book Summary from Dan Wells site
I Am Not a Serial Killer is the story of John Cleaver, a 15-year-old sociopath who works in a mortuary, dreams about death, and thinks he might be turning into a serial killer. He sets strict rules to keep himself “good” and “normal,” but when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it–but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.
My Review - 4 1/2 Great to the last Drop
What a great character, he intrigued me and I couldn't get enough. I am so glad to know this is a series even though I truly love a standalone more, but that is how good this is. Non stop action with John trying to catch his neighbourhood killer.
John has you feel sorry for him, feel fearful of him, fearful for others around him including his mom, just an overall shock. I am wow'd and completely intrigued by him.
This book has some gruesome description, just how I like it. John's mom allows him to assist with the embalming process from beginning to end in the mortuary, seeing the dead bodies, smelling them, putting them together so they can be viewed by family and friends. This was a book I could not read while eating, something I do all the time. John is 15 and I hope not like any teenager we will ever meet. Knowing what was in his mind was unbelievable, totally scary and nerve wrecking, even for himself at times. I loved how deep he thought even though it was unusual. His parents named him John Wayne Clever. Now usually no one would notice but he is totally addicted to learning and understanding serial killers, he even wrote an essay on one. Do you think his teacher was scared, lol (See the cover)
John lived by rules so that he won't become a serial killer. How completely strange and weird is that. He had to go to a counselor, he seriously needed some mental health intervention. His counselor said he was a sociopath and he was happy to have been labeled.
This is a must read for Horror fans, I am very impressed with Dan Wells and look forward to reading this series.
I saw this on Book Chick City's Top 10 for 2010 and had to read it, glad I did. Here is her review.