"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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
I was afraid to read this book after seeing some reviews that mentioned animal torture, so I wrote the author and asked if it was true and should I skip the book. He was wonderfully nice and wrote me back, saying (edited to remove specific spoilers): "There is a scene that takes place about halfway through the book, and the driving force of the second half is, in many ways, his journey to redeem himself for that action. So it's never presented as a good thing, and there's no drawn-out grisly details, but it does happen."
The scene he refers to is John's fault, and in the context of the book it becomes incredibly important to the development of his character. I am not very squeamish but listening to the audiobook can be very intense, especially if the narrator is good like this one is. With this in mind when the scene came up it was easy to identify, and though his actions were horrible it was not the kind of horrible that makes me unable to continue the book. Instead for me it was the kind of horrible that makes you yell at the character for being weak, and keep reading to see how he redeems himself. Honestly his continuous inner monologue, throughout all the books, of the evil and very specific things he wants to do to other people I find much more disturbing and off putting (though understandably authentic) than this character-defining scene was.
So in summary, for anyone who was ok with the level of disturbing in the first book (these books aren't for the squeamish from the start) will probably be ok with the level of disturbing in this book. If you're especially sensitive to animals being hurt in any way, Dan said that it's possible to skip this book and that "...you could probably read the rest of the series and be fine. No animals are harmed in any of the other books."
After reading the series I agree, it could be skipped and the rest are understandable, Dan does a good job explaining the key world and plot points. A reader doing this would miss some truly amazing character development and twists though, so my suggestion is for Audible readers to take advantage of their return policy if the book becomes so distasteful you don't want to continue, but if you liked the first book you'll probably like this one even more. I definitely did.
Dan Wells did it again. A suspenseful horrific mystery and fantastic story. I'm going right into the next book. Great.
I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.
I am really enjoying this series. I shouldn't care about the main character but I still find myself wanting him to find himself and be one of the good guys. I'm so glad Kirby is now the narrator, the previous narrator sounded like an amateur but Kirby is one of the best!
It took a little time to get settled with the new voice, but I was pulled in quickly enough and couldn't stop listening. If you liked the first, you'll love the sequel.
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