Jazz Dent is your typical teenager; he has a best friend, girlfriend, and is involved in his high school activities. But unlike his “normal” peers, Jazz has a problem: his dad, Billy Dent, is the most notorious serial killer alive. With “dear old dad” safely behind bars, Jazz tries to outrun his father’s shadow, attempting to convince himself that he’s not the same as his father. Try as he might, Jazz’s efforts are blocked by Billy’s insistence that Jazz will one day join the deadly “family business”. What’s more, Jazz is distracted by a recent murder in his town – one that he feels he must solve before people start believing he’s the killer.
This one is great if you love thrillers. The premise alone is enough to suck you in — teenager with a serial killer for a dad? Yes, please. In many ways, the story reminded me of the Showtime series, Dexter (which is also a book series by Jeff Lindsay), only the protagonist, Jazz, isn’t a killer. However, he does know enough about killing to be one, and he spends most of the novel fighting what he believes is his true nature. Jazz’ fight with himself, coupled by his insatiable drive to catch the new murder in this town, will have you hooked until the end. While the novel can be a bit predictable at times, there are plenty of surprises. I thought I had figured out who the killer was within the first chapter — I was wrong. Which was great, because I hate figuring things out early. If you’re a fan of suspense, action, mystery, and bloody crime scenes, give this one a try! If you love it, there are two more in the Jasper Dent series: Game, and Blood of My Blood. Lyga has also released some prequels. I’m not a huge fan of prequels — I feel like most of the time authors are just reaching when they start releasing those. But who knows? They might be just as good.
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