Monday, August 1, 2011
Review: I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver # 3)
By Dan Wells
Source I own it
First sentence The phone rang four times before someone picked up.
The third installation of the John Cleaver series has John, our lovable sociopath, not just tracking a demon that's killing people in his town, but actively, obsessively hunting it.
My reviews of the first two books can be found here and here.The first thing I love about these books is the writing. Wells has a way of drawing you in and keeping you glued to the story from the very fist word to the last. It's not too flowery or too simple, it's just great writing! I also love reading books about sociopaths. Weird, I know, but what I love is the conflict it creates in you. Should you hate this person because they're a murderous sociopath, or love them because they're the main protagonist and you find yourself relating to them and sympathizing with them? Ah, the conflict, I love it! This book had a lot of mystery talk. It has you guessing right along with the characters about who's doing what and what's going on. There wasn't as much inner conflict between John and Mr Monster which was a relief but it also had be puzzling over why. Why was he suddenly in control? John felt like another character than the one I had read about in the other two books. I talked about this more in my Goodreads review. You can check that out if you want here. The ending was so neatly wrapped up I found it very hard to swallow but, still, I like these books too much to really complain.
John I didn't like him as much in this one. He felt different than he did in the first two books.
John's mom I like John's mom. Who wouldn't? She accepts her son, and the end??? I won't spoil it, but oh how sad!
Marci :'( I really liked Marci. I liked her better than Brooke.
Brooke She's not in this one as much but I still liked her. Even if her attitude at the end was a little hard to swallow.
Max That's how he left Max? Are you kidding me?! Poor Max!