Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Game by Barry Lyga

Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga
Synopsis (Goodreads):
I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world's most infamous serial killer.

When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple--and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend Connie hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Meanwhile, Jazz's dad Billy is watching...and waiting.
My Thoughts: Holy unrepentant serial killers, Batman! If you thought book 1 was creeptastic, this book is going to knock your socks off. And maybe remove your intestines. And your eyeballs. *shivers*

Book 1 ended with Jazz feeling like he was starting to fit in - that he'd found his calling with the skills Billy had given him as he was growing up. Book 2 finds Jazz not quite there yet. He doesn't trust himself enough to believe that he's not going to go bad and end up snapping and killing those around him. His mantra of People Matter is still running through his head. He feels guilt over Billy's escape and now he's having dreams that rattle him to his core.

Guys, as dark as book 1 was, this book ups the ante. The murders that Jazz steps in to help on are brutal. The things that he sees, the way he processes information, his understanding of a killer's mind ... it's chilling. Jazz is this wonderfully complex character who just draws you in with his fears and his analytical mind. His ability to manipulate is creepy. His fear that there's a trigger buried somewhere in his psyche... with the way that Billy planned ahead, it could SO EASILY be true.

Things are revealed this time around that look HUGE. Connie and Howie are more than just supporting players, they're finding things out. They understand Jazz better than he thinks they do. They know that there are times when the only thing holding him together is the fact that they're there to support him. (And also, Howie's pickup lines are made of PURE AWESOME!)

AND THE ENDING! I'm going to be DYING (not literally, although I'm sure Billy could arrange that) until book 3 comes out! SO MANY THINGS! I've got my fangirl flail on for this series and I want to wallow in all the Jazz and crew that I can possibly wallow in.

Yes, it's THAT good.

Books in this series
1. I Hunt Killers
2. Game - Hardcover | Kindle

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  1. Lovely review Kelly! This series sounds really good, I like horror-kind of murders (in so far you can actually like that kind of thing). Added it to my Goodreads TBR, hope that I can get to it some time (:

    1. The first book is GOOD but this book ups the ante. It's just... O.O SOOOO GOOD!


    The ending is killer. Heh. Literally, I think.

  3. ZOMG! *flails* That ending WAS killer! Uggggggggggh. I loved that this book was darker and more creepy. There were sine scenes that made me gag, and I don't get grossed out very often. I loved the creativity behind the "game." So wicked cool!

    1. Yes, it was darker and creepier and OMG!I LOVED IT! The Game! Jazz's dreams! O.O O.O O.O O.O