John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.
As he struggles to understand the demon and find a way to kill it, his own mind begins to unravel until he fears he may never regain control. Faced with the reality that he is, perhaps, more monstrous than the monster he is fighting, John must make a final stand against the horrors of both the demon and himself.
©2009 Dan Wells (P)2010 Tantor
I loved this book because the main character was creepy and the antagonist was likable. I will never read this book again or further books in the series because the main character was too creepy for my taste. Read at your own peril. I would, however, suggest that a friend of mine would read this.
Fathers Face Remembered
clever, scary, absorbing
Dexter becuase of the serial killer aspects
old playing young.
The villian. I won't say who that is here. Needless to say the Killer stuff is the best thing about this book.
I have listened to this authors on a podcast for years. I am very glad to see that his completed works match up to my expectations.
Say something about yourself!
I would, but in print version. Well look above...
It tied everything together somewhat nicely at the end but i wasn't really impressed.
Where should i start, with the no emotion this book draaaaaaaged. The nasal sounding voice was like come on guy I understand the kid is going through puberty, but does everyone need to sound almost the same...
It does need a follow-up book, but get rid of John Allen (sorry John)... We need another book because we need to know if this kid is gonna be a serial killer.
Master of None
First, this story is gripping, and it's absolutely horrifying. If you like horror, especially supernatural horror, or think you might, give this book a read.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure I can recommend the audiobook because the narrator was awful, but you should certainly look for it in print or ebook, or if you think you can handle a great book that sounds like it was narrated by a third rate local news reporter, get it here.
A note for those who gave the book a bad rating because it was violent and disturbing - it's horror, folks. Everyone isn't nice and happy and the supernatural denizens don't sparkle in the twilight or breathe rainbows or sneeze fairydust.
And it might, just might have something to do with serial killers, for those of you who DIDN'T READ THE TITLE. And guess what serial killers do? They kill people, they hurt people, and they have a tendency for violence against animals. If you don't like reading about serial killers, maybe you shouldn't read a book with a title about a serial killer. Seriously.
Summarizing, the book is a great read for people who enjoy a gripping supernatural horror story and don't mind some disturbing violence and downright gut wrenching internal conflict along the way. If you've read Steven King or watched Dexter, you should probably be OK.
Yes and no, it was just a creative listen
Listening to Johns thoughts and concerns
Not right for the story
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
Strange, not bad, terrible narration. A want to be yound Dexter with a supernatural twist. Not my type of story, but not awful.
No. The story may be good, but I couldn't tell. The narrator reads as though every sentence ends with an exclamation mark. It was so annoying that I had to stop listening. I could not appreciate the story.
An different narrator.
Anyone with emotion. The monotone narration was the worst.
The story is good, but the narrator is terrible. Go for the other books in the series, and buy this one in print.
No, absolutely not. John Cleaver, the narrator of I Am Not A Serial Killer, describes a newscaster in the book as famous for his "sensationalist melodrama" and I thought that was a pretty apt description of the narrator for the book. The only time I thought the narrator of the audiobook was doing a good job was when he was voicing the newscaster.
I thought this was a pretty good book. I heard about it through a podcast that the author puts on and he talked about the main character a couple times which got me intrigued about the book.
The story was good, engaging and you really sympathise with the main character, John Cleaver. I was surprised when I found out that he was much much younger than I thought he would have been but that worked well in terms of the story.
I have already recommended this book to some friends but I'd give out the warning that if you're sqeamish at all to avoid this book as there are some graphic descriptions of dead things.
Yes, particularly because of the genre bending twist that comes out of no where. Its the sort of surprise that realy wakes me up durring a listen. "wait! What?!" I love a book that can through you of balance.
The sociopathic protagonist puts me in mind of the many wonderful 'Dexter' novels by Jeff Lindsay. The surprise supernaturtal elemnts put me in mind of 'The Harbor" by John Ajvide Lindqvist (of 'Let the Right One In' fame). But in retrospect the unsetling mood that inspires great discomfort reminded me of "The Dead Father's Club" by Matt Haig.
Due to the detatched emotionless pressence the main character maintains through most story Nelson's performance is really effective when he really lets loose. The characters are clearly seperate with enough life and depth that you feel for them even for the protagonist and antogonist, each of which the reader may feel guilty sympathising or empathysing for.
John Cleaver is an very interesting character. Ironically the sociopath is more human because of the relationships he has with the people in his life, particularly his mother, his phyciatrist, and his 'enemy'. Like Dexter Morgan, John Cleaver has a 'dark passanger'. He calls this darker nature within himself 'Mr. Monster'. It is his desire to sipress and reluctance to unlease Mr. Monster that makes John a sympathetic character. He knows he is different, but doesn't want to be a killer. Hense the title.
I thought this was a enjoyable story. It is fully selfcontained, but i was plesantly surprised to find out there are more John Cleaver books, that i plan to listen to as soon as possible.
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