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
The story is terrific, had me laughing out loud in the middle of the grocery store. However, the narrator is completely inappropriate. For the first few minutes it makes it almost intolerable, however, the story kept me hooked and I was able to finish. I see there is a new narrator for the second book in the series so I can't wait to give that one a try.
Some reviewers are complaining about the reader, but I think he's got a creative solution to doing a 15-year-old's voice. He does sound naive and young, and that's what the protagonist is.
I have a feeling this book would be perfect for male teens, and may be intended for young adults. However, I enjoyed it and I finished it, and I'm not young or male!
It's not clear that John Wayne Cleaver is a serial killer. He thinks he is, but he may just be mixed up normally. He does not in fact kill anyone....................exactly, at least not anyone human. I liked this kid a lot more than Dexter, which goes WAAAAY too far in violence for me.
Lots of action and lots of interesting psychology and very creative ideas: all in all, a good listen, in my opinion.
I grew up in a household full of books. I love reading, and I love having someone read to me.
I have two real problems with this.
One is a personal issue, the other is a narration issue.
Problem the first:
I have an irrational fear of embalming (I know, I know...that's why it's irrational), and as this takes place partly in a mortuary, it's a no brainer that embalming will be mentioned...I have no issue with that...but it wasn't just mentioned. It was described. I do have issues with that...listening in the car on the way to work was not the best idea...blarg...once I got past that bit I really began to enjoy the story.
The second issue:
I have an issue with the decision to cast John Allen Nelson as the narrator for this audiobook. Don't get me wrong, he has a wonderful voice for reading, just not for reading a narration by a 15 year old boy. His voice makes John Cleaver sound like a news anchor. I just don't think it was a good fit. I see that there is a diffrent narratior for the next two books, so I hope he's a better fit.
With the exception of these two thing I really enjoy this book, and would definatly recommend it.
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.
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