"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
This is so well written that I have to wonder if Dan Wells is okay in the head. I don't think that I have ever been more frightened for supporting characters in my life. Everyone and everything in this book feels so organic. Now I need to go hold my children, put on some cartoons and remember that I'm not in the book.
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.
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!
Strong second step in John Cleaver's story his deepening battle with his serial killer inclinations was handled very well. Once again the demon was nuanced and real. The relationship between John and Brooke was handled very well. It made me really love her and fear for her.
The narrator was top notch. He was totally fitting as John's voice, and he was able to give each of the wide range of characters their own feel. I couldn't have been happier.
Audible is how I read.
The voice with which the author writes John Cleaver, is the best thing about this. The mystery of the story drew me to the end and straight into the sequels.
I might compare this to the "Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz because the voice is similar and they both deal with the supernatural in a slightly disturbing way.
My favorite scene was the last part of the book.
Again the last scene moved me. Out of all 4 books in this series, the last scene was one of the greatest endings I have heard.
I much prefer this narrator to the narrator of the first Cleaver book. This one sounds younger, much more like how I imagine a 15/16 year old would sound, and is more expressive. The other narrators deliver feels really flat and emotionless and while John is supposed to be a sociopath, that doesn't mean he's completely devoid of feelings or emotion.
There is a very intense moment in this book that I have a very hard time listening to every time I've listened to it. That's the only thing I'd "warn" people about. Otherwise it's a very good, weirdly enjoyable story about a very messed up kid.
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