In his sequel to I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga delves deeper into the psyche of Jasper Dent, the seventeen-year-old son of the world’s most famous serial killer, Billy Dent.
It hasn’t been long since Jasper, his best friend Howie, and his girlfriend Connie hunted the Impressionist, a serial killer in their small hometown of Lobo’s Nod. Though his father is still on the loose, escaped from prison, Jasper’s just getting back to “normal” when—surprise!—another killer’s crimes interrupt his life. This time, there’s a New York City detective on Jasper’s doorstep asking him to use his lessons learned from Billy to track the Hat-Dog Killer, a murderer whose erratic crimes seem to have no logical pattern or meaning.
Jasper agrees to go to New York to help, and leaves his senile grandmother in the care of Howie and his formerly-estranged Aunt Samantha, Billy’s older sister. Meanwhile, Connie refuses to sit on the sidelines. Not only does she trick her parents into letting her go to New York too, but she begins communicating with a mysterious caller who leads her on a race to uncover clues to Jasper’s childhood with Billy.
In this very creepy and gory look into the murders of the Hat-Dog Killer, the reader is “treated” to the perspectives of all of the players, including Billy and Hat-Dog as they commit their crimes. Not for the faint of heart, you may find that this realistic portrayal will give you goosebumps and make you check under the bed at night.
Review by Erin, CLP-Allegheny