First let me say, I know it has been a long time but I have been busy reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, and you can't rush them! I took a break reading the fifth book because I don't want to finish it too soon especially since the sixth book isn't coming out until 2013.
Recently I received a pleasant surprise when 14 books showed up in a box on my doorstep. The first one that I was drawn to was I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.
Jasper (Jazz) Dent lives with his nearly insane grandmother in Lobo Nob. He has a best friend Howie, who is a Type A Hemophiliac, and a girlfriend, Connie. They are the only two people in Jazz's life that he truly cares about and trusts. Jazz has adults looking out for him, like G. William, the local sheriff, but there are also a few who want to exploit him, like Doug Weathers a sleazy reporter looking for fame at Jazz's expense. Then there's his father, Billy Dent, the "world's most infamous serial killer," who use to take young Jazz with him for on the job training.
Life seems to be going along smoothly for Jazz ... or the appearance of normalcy is working for him ... when a body is found in Lobo Nod.
I am not one to give anything away, so I will stop there. What I will say is I love how Mr. Lyga lets you into Jazz's mind to see the struggles he has within himself. It is all kinds of warped, but I found myself rooting for Jazz throughout the book, no matter what.
Mr. Lyga kept me guessing until the end, and I can't wait to read the next book... there better be a Next Book! : ) I give the book five out of five!