His friends call him Jazz, but Jasper Dent is also known in his small town as the son of the most dangerous and notorious serial killer to have walked in their midst. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps and trying desperately to shake the stigma of being Billy Dent’s son, Jazz – along with his best friend Howie and his girlfriend Connie – take matters into their own hands when a series of murders start taking place in their town again.
Okay, so I basically need to read everything that Ardo throws my way. She has been a strong pusher of this book and I finally got around to reading it. I’m obsessed. It’s been a while since I’ve been so consumed by a series that I had to start the next book immediately finishing the prior one. I was trying to find ways to describe and compare it for anyone that would listen to me gush about my love for this book and I kept going back to Dexter, but not really. Because Jazz isn’t the one that’s the killer. However, what does resemble Dexter is that “Dear Old Dad”‘s voice is very much in Jazz’s head as Dexter’s dad was in his.
This book is absolutely an edge-of-your-seat page turner. I usually catch on to where story lines might be headed towards but there were so many shocking twists and reveals that I definitely give kudos to Lyga for a fantastically executed read. I am a little surprised that this is considered YA though, given that it’s quite violent, graphic and lewd in some of the vocabulary and descriptions of the crimes. It personally didn’t offend me, although admittedly I outwardly cringed at some of the more squeamish moments, but I can see how it might not be appropriate for some readers.
The psychological aspect is so brilliantly woven into the narrative and the dynamics between all the characters is captivating to behold. I feel like I can’t rave about this book enough… so I’m going to save some of it for my review of the next book, Game.