"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 found myself growing ever more sympathetic with John as the story progressed. I found the narration brilliant and the voice of the piece (and that of the reader) powerful. I do not think it is possible to read this book and remain the same person from start to end.
I liked the first book but the second was helped mightily by Heyborne's narration.
I would not recommend based on multiple sequences of animal torture and violence. If I had known this was in the book I would have skipped this book. Now I'm telling people what I wish someone had told me. I fast forwarded much of this.
Great characterizations and emotion. Great timbre to the voice and his narration for the main character, a teenager, sounds like the right age. Another improvement over the first book.
John's whiny sister.
I know it seems odd to complain of animal violence while humans bear the brunt of it. It's just my pet peeve (pun unintended) to include animal torture in fiction whether it be horror or crime. It's up to you whether this bothers you or not.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
This book was so much better than the first. The narration and story was brilliant. Can't wait to see what book 3 is about! Love the supernatural twist.
I can't tell whether I like John or fear him, but I just can't stop listening. As soon as it ended I wanted to listen again, but more than that I had to come download the third book. Can't wait to find out what happens next.
For those who listened to the first book, this one has a new narrator. He's much better and grabs you and drags you into the story. Fantastic job!
The first book was great, this one was AWESOME. Definitely my favorite of the trilogy. It's also the most disturbing. Oh man, I was so torn between rooting for John and Brook and screaming at her to run for the hills.
For those of you who hated the narrator of the first book, rest assured that the new reader, Kirby Heyborne, is fantastic. He really captures the characters well, especially John. And I could tell he (or the director) had well familiarized himself with the content of the novel as there were very few occasions where I felt a line was misread (a problem that plagues most other audiobooks that I have listened to).
If you thought 'I Am Not A Serial Killer' was good - are you going to love this one! It's everything the first book was, only better, stronger, darker, richer, deeper...and about ten times more scary.
Here we see how rapidly John's sociopathic mind advances after his first kill. We know more about what drives him, what stops him, what he desperately longs for...and it's not pretty, I'll say that much. But what a thrill, what a psychological ride into the ominous caverns of a sick and clever mind. How did Dan Wells come up with this - it makes you wonder!
I've read a lot of books about serial killers, and some written by the killers themselves, and I've got to say - this one tops them all! If it weren't for the supernatural parts, you might think it was a memoir written by a real sociopath.
I can't wait to listen to the third - which is downloading this very second, even as I write.
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.
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.
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