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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
What an intriguing book for young adults! In "I Hunt Killers," Barry Lyga has offered high school students all they could have hoped for. There is the son of a serial killer who has nightmares of becoming just like his father and a shaky identity that threatens to push him that way. There is a girlfriend who is supportive but also challenges the would-be killer to be himself rather than what he was patterned to be by his father. Seventeen year old Jazz Dent is an intriguing and loveable teen who is in the care of his grandmother who is literally out of this world with dementia. Hot on Jazz's heels is his social worker who figures it is about time to put grandma in a nursing care facility and Jazz in a foster home. Enter a new serial killer who seems bent upon repeating the pattern of Jazz's incarcerated father. Despite his "training" as a killer, Jazz can't think fast enough to prevent several deaths which bear a striking resemblance to killings perpetrated by his father.
Lyga develops his characters to be believable, controversial and engaging. Even those who hate horror stories will be sucked into this book as it moves from unpredictable to predictable and back to unpredictable. The boy Jazz has a hero mentality that will engage the fantasy of all would-be teen heroes, with just enough suspense to keep the reader from guessing the ending.