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I Am Not a Serial Killer

John Cleaver, Book 1
By: Dan Wells
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Series: John Cleaver, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dan Wells's debut audiobook, I Am Not a Serial Killer, is the first installment in a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. 

He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. 

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation. 

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat - and to appreciate what that difference means. 

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could. 

"The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first-person narrative a human touch. regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” (Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author) 

“Brilliant! full of unforgettable characters, creepy thrills, and dangerous twists you won’t see coming.” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author)

©2009 Dan Wells (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastical Thrill Ride

Came across this book after it was mentioned in 2018's State of the Sanderson (Brandon Sanderson's yearly progress blog), and immediately felt it was right up my alley.

If you're a fan of horror, thrillers, urban fantasy or anything in-between, you'll probably enjoy this story. My only gripe is that while many parts of the book are quite disturbing or harrowing, things still felt a little "PC" to me. That being said, I'm probably just too numb to this kind of messed up story by now.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

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WRONG CATEGORY - THIS IS NOT A MYSTERY

This book should have been listed as paranormal, not mystery and thrillers. There is no mystery here, there is nothing to solve.
I did really like the main character, and the narrator was good, but beyond that, it reads like a "B" horror movie.
When reading the book description, I expected something along the lines of Dexter; so if that is what you are looking for when considering purchase, you will want to skip this one.

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Hated this.

First off, I think this may be a young adult novel which I didn't realize when I purchased it.
Secondly, I was NOT expecting a supernatural aspect. I don't think I would have purchased this book if I realized either of those things.
I thought this was going to be a Dexter like series where, even if the boy didn't kill anyone, it would be more along those lines. I ended up speeding this book to 1.85 to try and get through. Also, I kept hoping the Supernatural aspect was a dream or his imagination or something. I skipped several chapters and when it wasn't getting anywhere... I gave up.
I wouldn't recommend this book & I'm so glad I didn't buy any of the other ones before giving this one a shot.
Narrator was fine but not my favorite.

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A tantalizing supernatural battle of morality.

This book is a firecracker. It's the best metaphor I can think of. You know what you are getting into only partially. Dan Wells does an excellent job of making you feel like you are struggling along side the protagonist. You are waiting for the explosion and the fuse is constantly keeping you at suspense. Then when it finally goes off it's everything you expect it to be and more as you are nearly breathless with anticipation and fear and excitement.
Most importantly, this book is not a cold book. There are no mindless, 2 dimensional murderers in these prose. Every character holds your heart strings hostage at least once as you come to terms with the all too painful truth; even those who want to kill are afraid to feel what is in their soul.

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This book was too dark for me.

Everything was done incredibly well. the performance by Kirby was great, and the book is written fantastically well. The characters are interesting, particularly the villain and some of the side characters. John Cleaver is intriguing and engaging, but too dark for my taste.

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What a rollercoaster.

Very different than style I usually read.
Easy short 7 and change book will get the others
in series to see where it leads.

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