"I killed a demon. I don't know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped. Well, it stopped for a while."
In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon - the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster" - might now be using him.
No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.
©2010 Dan Wells (P)2010 Tantor
I have read the first two books in the John Cleaver series and plan on getting the third. As a quick warning, I found this book to be much darker than the first book. And that is what makes this book difficult to recommend. I enjoyed it, but parts of it were difficult to get through.
I also wonder who the target audience for this series is. On its surface it appears to be a young adult series. It features a teenage protagonist dealing with the struggles of feeling cut off from his peers in his small town environment.
But the protagonist also deals with some very dark thoughts. He wrestles with his sexuality in the context of sociopathy and pyromania. This book also has extended scenes of torture and abuse that work in the context of the story and walk the line of becoming graphic and over the top.
Overall, this is an interesting series which raises mixed emotions in me.
John is a teenager who is a diagnosed sociopath and knows he got all the signs of a future serial killer. This is book 2 of his struggle not to become one and consequences from the first book start to catch up to him.
Horror elements are still present but less prominent. This book deals more with relationships, feelings and being different.
If you ever self-analyzed yourself this is a fascinating read as this is what the main character does. Readers who have difficulties understanding others will be a little disturbed at the familiarity they have with the main character. It will also show signs that they will not be able to relate to (hopefully).
The narrator is a little unemotional but I think that intentional as it conveys the main character well.
Thought at first this would be a "Dexter" style of book. Didn't anticipate the supernatural bent. I'd purchased it in one of those $4.95 sales- wouldn't have ever bought it at full price. It was an ok read - probably a little pulpy for my tastes.
Suspenseful, Entertaining, Riveting
No one moment stands out. The entire book held my attention from beginning to end! Can't wait for more.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Disturbing, exciting, psychopathology
A peek inside this kids head is like jumping in the deep end of Jack the Ripper's mind
The dark voice eerily draws you like whisper in a movie theater
Yes, couldn't put it down
Read the first one years ago and had no idea about the twist, now in the second things are more fully explored and John knows what he is up against both within himself and in his town. I'll be jumping on book three as soon as I get my next Audible credit!
Avid reader turned listener.
For the most part, I like this series. I guess what bothers me the most is the element of science-fiction, or whatever you would call the "demons" in the stories. I also feel like John needs to chill out. Obviously you haven't killed any one yet and you're doing a pretty good job of keeping it together. The consistent lament about this is kind of annoying and overdone. As far as the reader, it's pretty good. I would recommend this audiobook to fans of the series. I read the 1st book in print and this book can go both ways easily.
This series was my first audiobook experience. I absolutely loved it. Although it is a YA series, I wish they would have been able to add some mild profanity. But the detail of the gore was good.
I can't wait for more. I really hope this can be adapted into an AMC series or similar. I'd love to see this on TV.
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