Thursday, May 8, 2014

HAWSEPIPER on books: Dan Wells' "I Am Not a Serial Killer."

If you haven't read any of Dan Wells' works yet, you're really missing out. He's written some YA stuff, as well as several  genre-hopping works. His "Partials" about a post-apocalyptic community isolated on Long Island NY is great Young Adult stuff. 

 "I Am Not a Serial Killer" is the story of John Cleaver, a teenage boy who lives at a funeral home with his single mother, a mortician by trade. John helps his mother where he can, and runs errands and handles the yardwork for his elderly neighbors. He is also very aware that he has no sense of empathy, suffers from anxiety and lives in deep fear, convinced that he is destined to become a serial killer.
        What follows is an adventure that jumps genres. Detective work, a mystery, some supernatural events- it's all here, along with lots of wry gallows humor and a coming-of-age story that is humorously dark, macabre and twisted and leaves you ready for more.

 This book has one of the most kick-ass endings I've read in a long while, a perfect example of denouemont that rivals The Usual Suspects or The Shawshank Redemption.

 I Am Not A Serial Killer is light reading- you're going to enjoy it for what it is. It's great entertainment.

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