Can you imagine the sorts of messed up you might be if you had a serial killer for a dad? I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga explores the effect the sins of the father has on Jazz Dent, son of the infamous serial killer Billy Dent. While Jazz comes across as fairly well adjusted to outsiders, he grapples on the inside with the darker side of his humanity.
When a mysterious murder occurs in Jazz’s small town, he sees it as what may be the first in a line of serial kills. And so to atone for his father’s crimes, Jazz takes it upon himself to play the hero and solve the murder. The main character of I Hunt Killers certainly brings a unique perspective to the table as his father used to give him serial killer lessons. As readers we are privy to creepy flashbacks of these lessons with dear old dad during I Hunt Killers.
Barry Lyga’s Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent is a fascinating character caught between nature and nurture, battling a messed up family history. We see that he desperately wants to be good, yet has all of these issues. Like, for example he thinks about how easy it would be to kill someone and get away with it. Honestly, I found myself pulling for Jazz despite the super scary moments.
Also, I briefly want to touch on the supporting characters of I Hunt Killers. There’s Connie who is Jazz’s girlfriend. She shows him that he is capable of love and caring for someone besides himself. I like that she is rational and tough as nails and down to help Jazz out. Then there is Howie who is Jazz’s hemophiliac best friend. Howie brings humor and a light touch to the book — having Jazz’s back despite his physical limitations.
I read this book, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, via audio which turned out to be a pretty great choice. Charlie Thurston is the narrator and lends a bit of growing pain timbre to his voice — he does a rather wonderful job voicing all of the characters and narrating the terrifying bits. I Hunt Killers is a fabulous audiobook produced by Hachette Audio. It is 9 hours and 32 minutes unabridged.
Disclosure: I purchased my copy with my Audible credit.
Other reviews of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga:
Makeshift Bookmark – “I think I lost quite a bit of my sanity in the process of reading”
Book Harbinger – “Thrilling, creepy, and unpredictable”
Bites – “Unique and thoroughly disturbing”