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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Book Review: Dan Wells, I Am Not a Serial Killer (2009)
In its deepest DNA, I Am Not a Serial Killer is a young adult novel, but there is enough genetic material spliced in from horror and psycho noir that the book was published by Tor and shelved in the (Adult) Mystery section of my local mega-bookstore. Following somewhat in the footsteps of (Darkly Dreaming) Dexter, it tells the story of a teenaged sociopath who is working to surpress his inner monster and of the problems he faces when a practicing serial killer goes to work in his hometown. This is the first novel about a serial killer that I have passed along to my fourteen-year-old son. Grade: C+
Footnote: My son says that this is
A: Excellent. I intend to read it again. B: Good. I might read it again. C: So-so. I didn't mind reading it. D: Bad. I resented reading it. F: Atrocious. I finished it only because I'm compulsive that way.