Rating: 2 out of 3 stars

This book kind of felt like it was a two part book. There was the first part where we are introduced to a seventeen year old boy who has a near obsession to knowing everything about serial killers. And this made sense. The title after-all gives that impression. After every page of reading this boy talk about how he can understand serial killers, I couldn’t wait for more. How long will he be able to stop himself from becoming one of them?

And then it happened. We hit chapter seven and the entire book kind of shifts. Something happens that, to me, felt like it came out of nowhere. A demon? After the shock of the story twist – which again was pretty shocking – the book was good.

I have become a fan of Dan Wells after reading this book, I enjoyed his writing style and the ride he takes us on, but I do have issues with the book. For me, the book would have been better had he stayed true to the first six chapters. There was no mention of demons anywhere in the description and I felt a bit played. Having said that, any YA reader out there would enjoy this book.

It’s hard to write a review for a book you really enjoyed but still thought that it should not have taken the turn it did. I recommend this book hands down, just be ready for a jarring twist.

As I read this review it doesn’t sound like I enjoyed this book. But I did! In fact I liked it so much, I am going to give away my copy. Come see what this book is all about. You will become a Dan Wells fan. Contest over Friday, Feb 4

About The Book:

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

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