This book is just as disturbing as you think it is. It's also a good story, and the beginning of what could be a good series.
... If you..Show More » can stomach having it read to you by someone who sounds like Robert Stack of "Unsolved Mysteries." The narrator would be perfect for a hard-boiled detective book, or some kind of adventure/war story, but his choppy, monotone narration grates the whole way through this book, along with his strange EMPHASIS of CERTAIN WORDS for no apparent REASON. This book needed a quiet, expressive voice to read it, somebody who could have pulled off a more "believable" serial killer.
Still, the book was worth it for the story, if nothing else.
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 ..Show More »of the reader) powerful. I do not think it is possible to read this book and remain the same person from start to end.
This is a beautiful, emotional, turtourous, funny, sad, and everything in between book. This book has it ALL. The narration was flawless and made th..Show More »e book just so much more than if you read the book itself. I think I felt every emotion possible during this book. This is not my normal genre but this has it all from humor, mystery, suspense, romance, & paranormal... Really, this is a book for anyone, it tugs at your heart. I'm not quite sure though if this is a trilogy and it ends here or if there are more to come. There was a finality to some aspects of the story but then others were left open for more to come. I really hope there is more, I would love to see John grow, not just age wise but emotionally too. We saw a lot of emotional growth in this book but... He is just 16. As you can read, I LOVE this series, and yes, I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone! Well done both Dan and Kirby. **FIRST BOOK IS READ BY DIFF NARRATOR AND IT TAKES PATIENCE TO LISTEN TO IT BUT IF YOU DO, YOU GET A GREAT STORY WITH A MEH PERFORMANCE, BUT YOU ARE ALSO REWARDED WITH STELLAR PERFORMANCES FOR BOOKS 2 & 3**