Author: Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent
Publisher: Little Brown
Published: April 1, 2012
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Honestly, when I started this book I didn't like it at all. I started to think that the What Should I Read Next? Post was a mistake. Because if it wasn't for the fact that this book was voted for I would had stopped reading. I seriously thought I was just going to have to stop and give it a bad review. And then I saw that there was going to be a second book, and I thought REALLY? But I said I would read it and I needed too. I'm glad it was voted for though because it became AMAZING during the middle. I'm so glad I continued reading. And I definitely cannot wait for the second one!
Suggestion: Do not stay up reading this book until 3 a.m. because it is creepy! I am not scared by scary movies but scary realistic books? They freak me out. My dog sneaked into my room and fell asleep under my bed. I thought someone was under there and about to come out and kill me! The writing is excellent. Barry Lyga wrote it where it was creepy and sad at parts, but also included humor to take away some of those parts. I didn't know who the killer was until the end. I really thought it was someone completely different. Which I loved this because I usually figure it out before the end of the book. Oh, and no love triangle! (I feel like this paragraph always ends with the announcement of if there is a love triangle or not. :D)
Jasper was a great male lead character. I liked how faithful he was to his girlfriend, Connie, and his best friend, Howie. Even though you understood why he was always worried about becoming like his dad, it did get a little annoying. I do think this was realistic, it just became annoying. But what I liked was that his girlfriend responded like it was annoying as well. This made me happy (I really liked how realistic how the "back story" was). I liked how Connie would bring him back to reality. I loved Howie. He was great, and so funny. He kind of reminded me of all the male Big Bang character's personalities combined. I don't know how, he just did. He also was Jasper's friend even when Jasper was acting crazy and doing all this crazy stuff with hunting serial killers.
I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. I'm really glad I had the What Should I Read Next? Post because I don't think I would had read this book soon. Definitely check this book out, but do not read it at 3 a.m.