Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2012-04-03
Genres: Boys & Men, Family, General, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Parents, Young Adult
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Oh my this book was creepy but oh so good that I couldn’t put it down. I have to say I have wanted to read this book for a really long time and am glad that I finally got a chance to do so. We start this book by meeting Jasper Jaz Dent who the son of a serial killer. I liked Jaz right from the start because he was trying so hard to not let who his dad was influence who he was as a person. Jaz tries his hardest to be a normal kid but he has so much going against him but I still loved how strong he was. Jaz has so much on his plate that I am shocked at how well he held it all together throughout this book. Jaz early on figures out that there is a new serial killer in their town and he sets out to try to find out who the person is before anyone else gets killed. He has help in the form of his friend Howie, girlfriend Connie and the agent that took down his dad G Williams. I liked that they all were able to get past who Jaz was and were willing to listen to him and help him out.
As the story unfolds we soon have Jaz running out of time before the next person many get killed and he soon learns some startling information that could change everything that he knows. I loved that the author obviously took the time to really research serial killers and how their minds work because this book truly shows how a killers mind works and how they try to get away with their crimes. Jaz is a poor kid that has had a bad rap in life and I hated seeing the way some people saw him. He also had to deal with his grandmother who was a job all by herself but yet you could tell the way he loved her and would protect her at all costs. Jaz soon has to have a conversation with his dad and I loved that he had the strength for it. He handled himself well and I think it made him a stronger person because he was able to concur his fear.
Overall I loved this book and all the creepiness that came with it. I learned so much about serial killers and how they think and how they go about finding their victims and why they pick that victim. I have to say the author had me guessing up until the very end and the killer is not who I expected it to be and it shocked me. I was completely floored by it. The author has created a unique type of read that I have never seen done in young adult and I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a fresh read that is like nothing out there.