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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Game by Barry Lyga

Release Date - June 2014 (Reissue)

Barry Lyga
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

In I Hunt Killers, readers met Jazz, a serial killer's son. Game continues Jazz's story. Since the last book, Jazz has been on alert, not knowing who to trust. When a detective comes knocking, Jazz finds himself heading New York City to help try to unravel a number of brutal murders committed by a serial killer being dubbed the Hat-Dog Killer. Jazz's knowledge of the inner workings of a serial killer's mind make him the perfect choice for helping solve these brutal crimes, but this one is even harder because the killings really do appear to be the work of Jazz's notorious father.

In addition to the really creepy undertones of the brutal killings, these killings are pretty graphic, and the mystery behind the serial killer's identity, there is the developing relationship between Jazz and his girlfriend. She wants to take their relationship to the next level, but Jazz is very hesitant given his family tree.

Watching Jazz grow has been part of the intrigue with this book. It may be a teen series, but as an adult, I find it hard to put down. In fact, there are times it is reminiscent to me of the hit TV show The Following. It has that same creepy, gory edge.

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