Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells

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, 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.

Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.


When I first started reading this book, I was expecting a teenage Dexter like character. To some degree, John was, but there was also an added paranormal aspect to the story that I was totally not expecting. It threw me off, but I did enjoy the book. John Cleaver is a great character who is trying to tame his inner demons and for the most part doing a good job.

4/5 for this one. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I had bought this book for my nook when it first came out, but recently was sent a copy of each of the three books in the series to review by the publisher. Stay tuned for future reviews.

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