Book Review: I am not a Serial Killer

I am not a Serial Killer (John Clever #1)Image
Dan Wells
Young Adult
Published: 2009


            John Wayne Clever is dangerous, and he knows it.
            He has 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 he 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.


            This was surprisingly hilarious novel… I mean it was funny and you wouldn’t think that a book about a budding serial killer would be funny… Although perhaps presenting such a series matter in a lighthearted manner is the way to go because if this book was really dark I don’t think you’d be able to classify it as a young adult novel anymore.
            John Wayne Clever despite his obsession with death, and more specifically serial killers and why they are who they are is a very likeable character. Despite the fact that he is a sociopath he is likeable, flawed (Quite obviously) and very much in my opinion not what I picture a sociopath to be, even though he claims he doesn’t feel human emotion, and says that he has issues connecting with people it is very clear that there are people he does indeed care about even if the ‘monster’ hidden inside him wants him to do things he doesn’t want too.
            I thought the entire story flowed very nicely, I found it captivating and engaging. It’s a quick, fast read for sure however, as I believe it’s under 300 pages (could be slightly over that actually but it so, not by much) So it really won’t take long for anyone to read it if they are interested.
            I did not however enjoy the ‘twist’ that the book took… it really took away from the story for me, honestly it was easily a five star book rating for be before the author decided to head in the random and somewhat bizarre direction he took. On the back of the book it’s compared to the book series DEXTER (and the TV show) So I thought it would be more similar to that… more… grounded? But it wasn’t and because of that It’s probably going to take me a little while to gear up for the second book Mr. Monster.
            I do however recommend this book to anyone looking for a more ‘light hearted’ approach to a budding serial killer (Who I’m personally not really seeing as a serial killer)

            Interesting fact: 12 million Americans are Sociopaths.


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