Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Title: I Am Not A Serial Killer

Author: Dan Wells

Published: Tor Books, 2010

Pages: 271

Series: Book 1, John Cleaver

Summary: John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

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, practising 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 Goodreads)

Thoughts: Such a good book!  I started reading through I am Not a Serial Killer and I found it really difficult to put down.  The descriptions of the embalming process and things like that were gory but I found them really fascinating to read about.

I felt like the story itself was relatively predictable and I could guess what was happening throughout the book but that didn't stop me reading it.  The writing is just so nice that I found it really easy to just fly through the pages.  It was very captivating.

I thought that John was a very interesting protagonist and I enjoyed reading the book from his perspective.  His obsession with serial killers and the knowledge he relays to others about this subject was really impressive.

I loved I am Not a Serial Killer so much that as soon as I finished the book I ordered myself the second book in the series.

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