Friday, January 6, 2012

Scary Awesome or Awesome Scary: Book Review of I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Enough said . . .

But seriously, from the moment I heard the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I did not care who it was by or what it was about, it instantly moved to the top of my to-read list. The title alone is genius. Who is not a serial killer and why do they feel the need to so boldly proclaim it?
Was the book as epic as the title? Of course.
Did it scare me? Yep and I loved every minutes of it.
John Cleaver is one of the most genius characters created. He is intense and scary. Yet as a reader, I liked him. He's a sweet, honest kid—and a potential serial killer who might one day end up killing everyone he knows. This isn't a cutesie good-guy-who-thinks-he-might-be-bad. John Cleaver is a very good kid and very dangerous. The razor thin line John walks between doing good and giving in to the monster inside him kept me turning pages until the end.
If you have not read this series yet, then you should. If I had a star rating system on my blog, this book would be five stars, hands down.
A great series.
Note to the author: I chuckled every time John, who is not a serial killer, ate breakfast cereal . . .

1 comment:

  1. Great review.

    This is a fabulous series. I would never have thought that I'd be rooting for someone who could have the terrible fantasies that John has. I spent so much time thinking as I was reading, "No, John. Don't! Don't do that." I had to take a break between the first and second books but dove right into the third one. It made me cry. It wasn't until I was writing my own review of the series (see here: that I made the connection that this is very much a story about fighting mental illness.

    John Cleaver rocks!