Game (I Hunt Killers Series #2)

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Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."


I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective ...

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Overview

Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."


I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple—and its police force—running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lyga’s engrossing follow-up to I Hunt Killers (2012) again focuses on 17-year-old Jazz, the son of the world’s most prolific serial killer, but expands his world by fleshing out previously minor characters. Jazz is called upon to help the NYPD hunt Hat-Dog, a brutal killer who might be connected to Jazz’s now-escaped father, Billy Dent. Meanwhile, Jazz’s girlfriend, Connie, starts receiving mysterious information about Jazz’s past. Her quest drags in Jazz’s hemophiliac best friend Howie, whose horndog behavior belies his deep understanding of his friend, as well as his talent for sneakiness. The gore and violence flow freely (references to disemboweling and enucleating abound); the main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it’s a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists. Readers might be frustrated by the multicliffhanger finale, but the main mystery wraps up smartly, and the character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders. Ages 15–up. Agent: Kathleen Anderson, Anderson Literary Management. (Apr.)
Booklist
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."
starred review Booklist
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."
From the Publisher
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."—Booklist, starred review

"The main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it's a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists...The character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders."—Publishers Weekly

VOYA - Blake Norby
Jazz Dent, son of the most famous serial killer alive, is back in the business of hunting down killers. This time he travels to New York City with a detective to help catch the Hat-Dog Killer. This killer is more gruesome and violent than the Impressionist, who Jazz helped catch earlier in the year. Each murder is a piece of the puzzle in the pursuit of the Hat-Dog Killer, and Jazz once again uses the thinking passed down from his dear old dad, who has escaped from prison and is closer than Jazz knows. Fans of I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012/Voya April 2012) will not be disappointed in this sequel. Lyga has brilliantly combined the elements of a true crime story with adventure and mystery to create a truly suspenseful novel. There are a few areas in which readers must suspend belief, but the story is so fast paced, it is easy to do. Readers find themselves inside Jazz's head and understand his character even more clearly than in the first novel, and with the added points of view from other characters, Jazz's inner struggle about being like his dad is a fascinating addition to the story line. This title is highly recommended for libraries serving mature teens, and with all the twists and turns the story takes, readers will be in for a thrilling ride. Reviewer: Blake Norby
Kirkus Reviews
Son of a notorious serial killer, Jazz Dent goes to New York City to continue his hunt for killers like his father--and maybe the old man himself. Seventeen-year-old Jasper "Jazz" Dent and his hometown of Lobo's Nod have mostly recovered from the predations of the Impressionist, a serial killer who impersonated Jazz's father, Billy, but Billy's out there somewhere, killing again. When NYPD Detective Louis Hughes comes to Jazz's door asking for help in catching the Hat-Dog Killer, Jazz says no--but he can't deny that he's an expert on serial-killer behavior, since his notorious father raised him to be one. Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, head to NYC to help, but they find themselves caught up in a grisly game with no idea of who the players are or whom they can trust. Jazz isn't even sure he can trust himself. Lyga's second serial-killer–hunting title is even more open-ended (and overstuffed) than the first (I Hunt Killers, 2012). Chapters from the perspectives of the various killers undercut the mystery aspects of the tale, and extraneous subplots distract from what could have been a complex thriller. Jazz is believable, but the other characters are mostly flat; Billy himself often comes off as more Bozo than Bundy. Even fans may balk at the closureless close, but there is obviously more to come. (Thriller. 15 & up)
From the Publisher
* "[The game is] orchestrated so cunningly that rare indeed will be the reader who figures it out early...You can't deny Lyga's ambition to craft the most serious (and bloodiest) crime series yet for teen readers."—Booklist, starred review

"The main differentiator between this and adult thrillers is the age of the protagonists. As such, it's a riveting story for any reader capable of handling the violence, as Lyga juggles multiple points of view and elegant shocks and twists...The character arcs are as fascinating as the gruesome murders."—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The Hat-Dog killer is on the loose in New York City, and Detective Hughes convinces 17-year-old Jazz Dent to fly in from Lobo's Nod and help solve the case. In I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012), Jazz helped police capture the Impressionist, a copy-cat killer mimicking the infamous sociopath, Billy Dent-Jazz's own father. In this episode, a series of murders in peaceful Brooklyn neighborhoods is occurring with gruesome similarities, including disemboweled victims who are also cut with images of either a dog or a hat. To compound the suspense, Billy has broken out of prison and may or may not be at the heart of this new reign of terror, testing his son's ability to piece together a new "game." Chilling random chapters from the killer's point of view allow readers to know things that Jazz has yet to figure out. The teen's internal dialogue often questions whether he really has "good guy" genes or has inherited his father's dark side, just waiting to present itself. His nerdy best friend, Howie, and girlfriend, Connie, keep him grounded in the real world that includes caring for an unpredictable grandmother with Alzheimer's disease. While Jazz is a well-developed, endearing character with a conscience, this dark psychological thriller will appeal to fans of television's Dexter Morgan, but with its focus on killing, sociopathic behavior, and sexual violence, it's best for mature high school readers.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316125871
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: I Hunt Killers Series , #2
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 134,476
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I Hunt Killers, its sequel Game, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is barrylyga.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    When i got this book the day it came out, i could not put it dow

    When i got this book the day it came out, i could not put it down. Billy and Jazz are back in a heart-pounding exhilarating novel that will keep you reading from page 1.
    The countless twists and turns keep this book interesting and you thinking. This novel is perfectly written and i would reccomend this to those action murder mystery novels. You wont regret it. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

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    This book was amazing. Being an already fan of I Hunt Killers, when i found Game, I immediately purchased it. From the beginning, it already had a mysterious feel to it and throughout the book kept growing. If you are a fan of crime and creative writing, Game is perfect for you. This book is a 5 star for me. Just, brilliant storyline.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Where the hell is the rest of the book?

    I purchased this on my Nook and all i got was fking 46 pg sample!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Amazing!

    This book is amazing. Every page kept me going. There is so many twists. After some cgapter, you litterally have to stop and take in what you read.

    Read this book! (After reading i hunt killers)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    Best advice I can give you for reading this book? 1-Don't try to

    Best advice I can give you for reading this book? 1-Don't try to eat anything and 2-DO NOT START READING IT BEFORE BED. The book is huge, but the material definitely deserves the length, and I figured that I would read half and then crash. Naturally by the time I reached the halfway point I was too invested to stop, and then I finished and had to write this immediately in the hopes that my brain would process it enough for me to sleep.

    I'll admit the book got off to a slow start for me. There was some seriously gruesome killing going on, a cop acting very suspiciously and my precious baby Jasper caught in the middle of it. I found it difficult to get invested, and there were some moments when the writing just turned me off completely, because of the utter improbability of it all. In particular the driving force of the plot-that the NYPD and FBI would actually be so desperate that they would pull in a 17 year old boy as a consultant on a case...and then at times be visibly afraid of this kid? I had an incredibly hard time buying it. I also had an issue with the multiple POVs and the complete lack of character development. I could see why it was necessary to advance the many different plot-lines, but switching between Jasper and Connie and Howie and the killers was incredibly distracting at times and sacrificing any kind of character evolution for action? Not cool.

    After reading I Hunt Killers I expected this book to be full of interesting character studies. The reason I loved that novel so much had less to do with the serial killer vs boy-detective thriller plotline then the exploration of Jasper's messed up head, and the constant nature vs. nurture internal struggle that he was going through. That novel was one of the most brilliant studies of human psychology that I'd ever read, and I was expecting something similar here, and was disappointed to find it more of an action packed cat and mouse thriller.

    Other than that the writing is enjoyable. Lyga definitely has a plan and the complexity of it really showed towards the end. I especially liked what the "game" ended up being, although I was definitely angry at myself for not putting it together.

    Lyga's writing is also incredibly evocative, funny, and very human at times. Jasper's internal struggle between right and wrong, humanity and serial-killerness (terrible word choice, I know) is palpable. He's one of the most complex characters I've come across in years, and I really enjoy being in his head. I just wish there had been some kind of development in his character in the 500+ pages of this novel, but I finished the book feeling as if he was in the exact same place as he was at the end of the first.

    As for the other characters, I don't have much to say. I enjoy Howie, and I don't particularly like Connie. I'm invested in her relationship with Jasper only because he is, and I am terrified to see what he would do if something happened to her. I just find her to be immature and like every other teenager in the world she thinks she is brilliant and invincible and that nobody could possibly trick her. She makes a lot of bad choices because of this. I had a lot of problems with her actions in this book, if you couldn't tell. As I was reading this I also found that I don't particularly like the way that Lyga writes women. They are either victims, insane, or needy. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it. It's just the way I feel.

    Overall though I enjoyed it. It was creepy and intriguing and there were multiple OMG moments that made it impossible for me to put down. While there wasn't as much to invest me emotionally, there was definitely enough action to engage my interest. And after the major cliffhangers of this ending I am desperate to get my hands on the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    FRICKIN AMAZING

    Such a great book! Lots of twists and surprises throughout the story. I really hope that there's another squeal! Did i spell that right? Anyways, don't sitnaround reading customer reviews when you could be reading the book!! Buy it now!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    It was pretty good

    I think the book would have been much better had he kept his political comments out.
    Like his grandmother saying the Democrats are plotting with the communist to take their guns away.
    Blantantly saying that Republicans are as crazy as dementia ridden old racist ladies.
    Had he left out that I would have rated five stars.
    Still a good book. I recomend it highly since you just fall in love with all the characters...Even Billy Dent.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    What a intricate puzzle. The mind of this author is amazing. Thi

    What a intricate puzzle. The mind of this author is amazing. This sequel is also amazing. Almost better than the first. I was so caught up in it I lost track of time and read through the night till morning. The ending totally leaves you hanging.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

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    What a cliffhanger! Are you kidding me? This is the reason that

    What a cliffhanger! Are you kidding me? This is the reason that I don’t like to read book series, seriously….you left me hanging like this? If this was a book that the next book in the series had not been released, I think I would be freaking out right now. It‘s like one of those crime shows where they leave you hanging and you talk about it for an entire week. Then finally the show is on and you’re literally exhausted and you plop down on the couch, eyes glued to the TV, just waiting for the next 5 minutes to see what finally occurs and what do they do? They recap last week’s episode and you’re thinking, “enough already….move on.” So I drove myself to the library and picked up the next book in the series and I feel so much better having it in my possession but I feel sorry for everyone that I talk to, I feel like a talking billboard for this book.
    This last book was a twisted mess: the history, the family stories, the interrogations, grandma and then just when I thought things were getting wrapped up, not a chance. Barry came through again and left me gasping at the end. Jazz’s girlfriend Connie got wrapped up in this serial killing rampage this time as they tromped through the city of New York. She was thinking she was going to spend some “alone” time with Jazz but he had other things on his mind and it’s a good thing, as they needed him. His mind is so warped, thanks to his father; it’s like a gold mind to the police department. If you haven’t read this series and you like mysteries, murder and the unexpected, you really should check this out. I would suggest you start with the first one in the series, you wouldn’t want to miss anything. I know it will be a couple weeks before I get to the third book as I have a stack to contend to, I hope I can wait that long. I guess this just pushes me to get my other books read.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    Given To Me For An Honest Review This book is beyond horror.  I

    Given To Me For An Honest Review

    This book is beyond horror.  It is a very intense and suspenseful page turner.  Once you begin to read it you will be unable to stop until you
     finish it.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat.  You might even have a few nightmares after reading it.  I loved every bit of it and only
    wish I could have given it 10+ stars.  It is so good.  I highly recommend it to all.  You will enjoy it and I need to warn you .... it is a
     cliffhanger.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

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    You can read my review of the first book on my blog. Thankfully

    You can read my review of the first book on my blog.

    Thankfully, unlike numerous second books in a series, Game holds its own against the first book in the series. It starts off strong and keeps going. The story is solid and moves steadily along. It is just as good and possibly even better than I Hunt Killers. The biggest difference between the two books is how they end. I Hunt Killers ended in a place where that could have been the end. Game, however, ends on a rather large cliffhanger. It's one of those cliffhangers that demands you read the next book ASAP! Unfortunately, the next book isn't due out until September 9. (Hey! I don't have to wait too long.) It's certainly a book that I'll be reading and soon.

    As I said with the previous book, those that enjoy the mind of a serial killer or those that enjoy the thriller/crime genres will likely enjoy this series. In my opinion, it's only getting better.

    * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

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    Read from August 12 to 13, 2014 Book Info  ebook, 528 pa

    Read from August 12 to 13, 2014








    Book Info 
    ebook, 528 pages
    Published April 16th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
    original title Game (Jasper Dent, #2)
    ISBN 0316234990 (ISBN13: 9780316234993)
    edition language English
    series Jasper Dent #2
    literary awards Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction (2013)
    other editions (18)
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”




    I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.




    In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.




    My Thoughts








    I was seriously creeped out with book 1 I Hunt Killers but book 2 Game upped the ante considerably and then it became a bit predictable so when we get to the end cliff hangers saw them coming a mile away. Think that probably means my brainwaves are too in synch with the imaginative authors? 




    For sure am not going to forget the way this one played out any time soon, from the character of Billy Dent to Jazz’s hemophiliac sidekick Howie, Lobo’s Nod sheriff G William, NYPD Detective Hughes, FBI agent Morales to Connie the girlfriend of Jazz the ensemble together and alone has a part to play in this latest addition to the trilogy .




    Finding ourselves in the big city of New York with Jazz as he becomes the number one asset that the NYPD and FBI are using to determine the identity of the Hat-Dog killer as well as apprehend him stopping the murder/mutilations that have escalated with each body found.




    Jazz once again also finds himself trying very hard to rise above the voice of Billy in his head as he becomes deeper and deeper involved in the workings of the case.




    Meanwhile back home Howie and Connie are doing a little investigating of their own, what they find may have serious impact on helping Jazz view himself in a different light.




    Finding myself eagerly uncovering each twist and turn along with Jazz 
    was an easy rhythm to recapture and as the truth was revealed it even became clear where the plot was going, this did not in any way detract from enjoying the book but rather enhanced it once it got to the point where my predictions proved true.




    This story was twice as long as the first book but it flew past faster than I expected, book 3 Blood Of My Blood will be read closer to September 9th release date and am very much anticipating it!




    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

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    Cliffhanger ending! I received an advance reader edition of thi

    Cliffhanger ending!

    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

    4 Stars

    I must admit that I am a bit conflicted regarding rating this book. I ended up deciding on my rating based on these points:

    Did I enjoy the process of reading this book? I did enjoy reading this book. I liked the characters, the mystery was complex, and there where moments that I could not wait to see what happened next.

    Did I enjoy this book as much as the first book in the series? I liked I Hunt Killers a lot. I enjoyed this book but not nearly as much. This book read much more like an adult mystery and lacked the intensity of the psychological aspects of the first book.

    Did this book tell a complete story? NOOO! And I am really not happy about it! When I finished this book, I told my family that the book did not end it just stopped. I am not a fan of cliffhangers. I do enjoy reading a lot of series and I expect there to be some unresolved issues that will be picked up in the next book but I expect to see some resolution to the basic story in a book. This is really the reason that I am conflicted in terms of rating this book.

    Will I continue to read this series? Yes. I feel like I at least need to read the next one simply to find out what happens. If the next book in the series ends without any resolution, I may not continue beyond


    I ended up going with a rating of 4 because while I HATED the cliffhanger ending, I enjoyed reading the book. The cliffhanger in this book makes me a little upset that I was approved for galley copies of the first and second book in the series but not the third. What is going on with that?

    Jazz is asked to go to New York to offer some insight into the Dog Hat killer by Detective Hughes. After looking over all of the files and visiting the crime scenes, Jazz does have a few ideas. It turns out that Detective Hughes acted alone in bringing Jazz to New York and he is quickly sent back to Lobo's Nod. Everything changes when the Hat Dog killer leaves a message directly for Jazz. Jazz soon begins to wonder if his father, who escaped from prison in the last book, may be involved in the murders. Meanwhile, Connie is receiving some strange messages that may put her in danger.

    All of the characters that I liked from the first book were back for this second book in the series. While Howie plays an important part in this book, I miss the interactions between Jazz in Howie in this book because they are apart for much of the story. Jazz still worries that he may not be exactly normal but his internal dialog did not shine quite as much for me in this book as it did in the first.

    I would recommend this book to others but only with a warning that it ends without any resolution. The next book in the series is being released soon so at least I will not have to wait to long to find out what happens to everyone. I think this book would be best suited for adults and older teen audiences. There is a lot of description of the crimes that may be too much for some younger teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Another Masterpiece

    Lyga makes you want to finish the book in one sitting and his ability to make you wait for the next book is so intense. I Hunt Killers was awesome....The Game is even better. You would be crazy not to add these to your reading list.
    I am a fan for life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Best book ever!!

    I was not disappointed by this sequel to the book "I Hunt Killers." It had me on the edge of my seat at every page turn! I didnt know what to expect. I was happy to see that Barry Lyga had given the perspective of all the other characters and i was highly interested when the mind of a serial killer was introduced again so thoroughly. This book does not disappoint! I hope that book three is released soon! The cliff hanger leaves me waiting with anticipation to find out what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    OMG! What a cliff hanger!

    I am loving this series, but I think I might go crazy waiting for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    "What"

    I stumbled along this series and its extremly addictive. This was a page turner and just when I thought we were getting close it took another turn....can not wait for the next book and what happens next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Major Cliffhanger

    really good but now I'm bummed I have to wait for the next book in the series!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Great book

    This is the sequel to "I Hunt Killers" I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    OMG!!!

    Brutal Cliffhanger!!!!! Good grief Mr. Lyga, how can you sleep at night leaving us hanging like that? Just kidding (a little) of course.

    This is an incredible series. It is gritty, harsh, intense, and extremely well-written. It has a great plot line that moves quickly and really keeps you at the edge of your seat. Mr. Lyga can get a little graphic, so if you are a parent, or that stuff bothers you, keep that in mind.

    This book has a little different feel than the first, with about three plot lines occurring at once. It starts off not long after the first left off, so while I suppose you could read this one without reading the first, I wouldn't recommend it. There is too much that would be left out of character development. This is just too good a series to miss one (especially the first).

    This is a fabulous look at nature vesus nuture versus free will. I love the look into what it would have been like to grow up the child of a famous serial killer, being raised and groomed to be the best of the best, and of not wanting to become that.

    My only complaint is having to waiting for the next book. That is the downside of starting a series not finished yet. AAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Come on Mr. Lyga, you don't really need to sleep do you????

    Patiently waiting!

    --SPeeD

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