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?
- Jasper (Jazz) was one of the most intense and deep characters I have encountered in a long time. Not only did the book feature a male MC – but he was so well done, I could feel his anguish.
- The message in this book is also really deep. It really goes on the lines of nature versus nurture. Are you who you are going to be from birth, created by human nature, or do they people around you, your family and friends, shape who you are? Jasper was the son of a serial killer. Jazz’s dad taught him the ropes, immersed him in all his secrets and was essentially training Jazz to follow in his footsteps. Jasper has to fight his internal notion of what he was taught to what he thinks “normal” humans should be like.
- Jazz’s grandma was crazy, like Alzheimer’s and then some psycho crazy. I am interested to see what happens to her in the rest of the series. At first it just seemed like Alzheimer’s but then she let out that she might have some secrets.
- Jazz was taught so well by his father, that he witnesses the cops searching a crime scene and automatically thinks that it is a serial killer. Sadly, everyone in town think that Jazz is going to turn out just like his dad and he is easily suspected. Jazz sticks his nose into the investigation and makes it some ways worse, but some ways better.
- The mystery was well done, there were multiple suspects that you thought were guilty at one time or another. I kinda thought the killer was the killer, but I still think there are holes that need to be filled in the next book. I also have it downloaded from the library and am going to start it soon!
- I really enjoyed the writing style. There as one sentence about the sky being the color of a newly formed bruise. It was amazing prose wrapped into a murder mystery!
- The story isn’t wrapped up in a nice little bow, although I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, I still do not have closure and have quite a few questions. I am hoping that the second book really starts to plug some holes or I am going to get restless fast!