My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is clever and creepy, rolled into a teenage-Dexter, with a demon twist. I really enjoyed it! The detail with death was a little much for me a few times, but it HAD to be that way, to really be in a killer’s head, so I was fine with it. I’m also really glad I knew from the beginning that there is the unnatural demon aspect of it, because that would have really thrown me off, if that element had been a surprise.
Dan Wells did a great job with the whole storyline. I felt like the plot was very well thought out, and everything came back around, wrapped up in a neat little bow. It’s clever that the protagonist is just 15, and it was very interesting to be inside his head. I can’t imagine the research of serial killers that had to go into making this book! I’m really excited to see where this goes in the second book- which I will be picking up soon. I thought Dan Wells did a great job of making us have empathy for a character who himself is incapable of that emotion. I felt like he showed us why John is the way he is very well. Giving John the almost heroic higher motive of stoping the demon was great, because it made us like John more… even though he arguably ends up being the catalyst for a few of the deaths.
This was a great, fast read- I listened to the the audio version and finished in two days. Excited for #2! I recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of a mystery with a paranormal twist.