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John Cleaver has called a demon - literally called it on the phone - and challenged it to a fight. He has faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster, we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don't Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death.

It's time to punish the guilty. And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.

©2011 Dan Wells (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 01-19-13

LOVED IT... but is this the last?

This is a beautiful, emotional, turtourous, funny, sad, and everything in between book. This book has it ALL. The narration was flawless and made the 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**

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  • Colten
  • LONGMONT, CO, United States
  • 05-06-12

Awesome!

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I heard about Dan Wells from Writing Excuses, the podcast he is a part of that gives advice to struggling authors. I tried "I Am Not a Serial Killer" and was pleased by his writing, but I didn't much care for the reader. However, "Mr. Monster" and this book are awesome both because the reader has been changed, and because the stories continue to get better and better.

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  • Nathan
  • London, Ontario Canada
  • 03-14-15

If you like the previous two, just read it.

If you read the previous two books in the series, just read this one too, you won't be disappointing.
While the previous books dealt with John's struggle and identity as a sociopath, here we see him in action accepting who he is and his mission in life. His personal life also develops entering a more serious relationship. Can someone without empathy be in a relationship?
Like the other books half the enjoyment is being inside this character's head, seeing how he sees and interprets 'normal' teenager and social situations. Anyone who struggled understanding people behaviours or emotions will identify. Book is full with humour, much of it dark.
The ending was great, you need to be a sociopath not to feel impacted by it. Good ending to a series but leaves room for a very different continuation.

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Can't wait for what comes next

A great continuation of this series. I hope there is more to come. The main character is well developed and creates such a conflict of emotions within the reader/listener. The story is interesting and suspensful. This one hints that there is more to come and I hope that is true.

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  • D'Guerra
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-05-12

The Best of the Trilogy

What did you love best about I Don't Want to Kill You?

I think, because we've gotten used to John at this point there isn't a need to explore the character and his motives anymore. We get to, however, explore more emotional context for this character's life. It's strange to imagine, after the first two books, but it was still impressive to see the "softer" side of John Cleaver. Probably good as a stand alone, but I'm sure it's much more effective if you'd read "I am not a Serial Killer" and "Mr. Monster" first.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Don't Want to Kill You?

No Spoilers but the end. I mean, it's a Horror novel, so obviously the final confrontation is going to stand out the most.

Which scene was your favorite?

John's confrontation with the Handyman was brilliant. Not only is it a climatic moment as John closes in on his target, but themes that are so poetically addressed in that scene were so well set up prior that you know this is a huge arch for this character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title alone says it all "I don't WANT to Kill you..."

Any additional comments?

I think this really is the best book in the series. By the time I got to Part 2 I couldn't stop. Dan Wells really has become one of my favorite authors with this story.

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A satisfying end to a really interesting story.

I don't normally read this kind of story. That is a weird thing to say though, because I am not sure there are other stories like this one. The themes of mental illness and identity are portrayed in a way that makes the reader wonder, not only about characters, but about themselves. I enjoyed listening to the series, but I enjoyed this conclusion most of all.

The performance was brilliantly read, and I don't normally think that about all the books I listen to. it takes a real strong performance to do a book justice. This is such a performance.

John isn't a normal teenager. But he is still a relatable character. And he isn't the only one. Each character portrayed is individually unique, and presents their own conflicts, conflicts I care about. Even if it is just how many grains Marcy's mom can stick in home made bread.

Bravo.

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  • Jennifer
  • TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States
  • 04-10-15

Great!

Loved this series and loved Kirby's performance. I hope there will be more in this series!!!!! The characters were interesting and the main character continued to evolve. Really sets the stage for part four, hopefully.

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  • Greg C
  • Discovery Bay, California
  • 09-19-14

Great series. sort of like Dexter + 6 feet Under

What made the experience of listening to I Don't Want to Kill You the most enjoyable?

The characters are interesting and well developed. Author does a great job in getting us to care about the characters. story line is very cool

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The best of the first trilogy

"I Don't Want to Kill You" was by far the best book of the first John Cleaver trilogy. The story was as compelling as the other two but far better written and far less predictable. In fact, just when John thinks he has it figured out, it becomes clear that he doesn't know a thing, and that he's powerless to do anything about it. That futility is the backbone of good horror.

Narration is as good as "Mr. Monster," and I'm glad to see that they kept Kirby on. He makes the character of John Cleaver come to bone-chilling life.

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Love the narrator

Kirby Heyborne does the perfect voice for this novel and for John Cleaver. I'm addicted to this series now.