Monday, December 19, 2011

Book Review: I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

I Am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

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.
(taken from BN)
Omg, stop whatever you are doing and read this book.

The Good News:
I'm normally attracted to stories that have an intense plot with exotic locals and a strong, quirky leading man. This book has made me second guess exactly which kinds of books I love. IANaSK is the first in a trilogy (thank God! I was not ready to leave this character) about a 15 yr old who's  battling with whether or not he's psycotic. He's got a therapist, divorced parents and an estranged sister.  Not mention his mom is a mortician. Not to mention, he's obsessed with serial killers. Not to mention, there's a serial killer on the loose in his town. OMG.

The Better News:
There's a mystery element to the story. Who's the serial killer? Why does he kill? Is he among the residents of the small town? The answer will shock you. Additionally, Wells makes you sympathize with a psychopathic kid. Also, my stomach was able to handle all the embalming detail described.

The BEST News:
There is a major twist that you do not see coming. Seriously, I thought maybe the MC had lost it. Highly recommended for those who love a little mystery, a little horror and a little YA. Hold on to your hats folks and dig into this book!


  1. That sounds like a great read! I just started The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which is also a mystery. The protagonist in that one is an 11 year old chemist with an affinity for far, so good. :)

  2. Great review. Sounds like a really interesting read! Hope the rest in the trilogy are just as good :)


  3. I am SO glad you loved it too. I think the whole trilogy is just fantastic. Some did not like the 'twist' but I had no complaints at all. It is this and another book that I am still deciding which one is my favourite.

    Glad you read it Lah.

  4. Ive had this on my to read list for ages! Im definitely a fan of the kinds of books that mess with your mind a little. I think this would be really interesting. Thanks for the great review!

  5. I'm in the middle of this. It's so good so far!

  6. OOMG Everyone I am so glad!!!


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