Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga

Jazz is back and now that "dear old dad" is on the loose, he's trying not to focus on it.  Then a detective from NYC comes asking for Jazz's help in profiling The Hat-Dog Killer, a serial killer that has been plaguing New York for months.  While Jazz and Connie pack up for New York, Howie stays back to help Jazz's estranged Aunt Samantha take care of crazy granny. 

While the action in NYC heats up, the gang finds they are dealing with much more than first expected.  With Billy watching all the while, Jazz and Connie soon realize that they might be caught up in a game that they can't win.

After reading I Hunt Killers, I knew I had to read this book!  In the first book I loved how Jasper questioned his every thought and instinct because of his genetics and how he was raised.  He was always wondering if there was a killer buried deep within in.  Game brought a continuation of Jasper's insecurities.  This time he was more focused on whether sexual desire would bring out his hidden inner-killer or not.  I mean by now I have faith that Jazz isn't going to turn into to some monster, but he doesn't have the perspective to know for sure and that is interesting to read about.

I loved how the title was so important to this book.  It really was all about the game... in more than one way!  I really enjoyed the mystery and the reason behind the Hat-Dog killings.  It was so clever and was something I didn't see coming at all.  Where the first book was more just about Jazz's inner issues and the copy-cat killer, this book branches out in so many ways.  You have Billy who is on the run and watching Jazz and the cops struggle, Connie and Howie who want to help Jazz but don't know how and should probably leave well enough alone, an aunt that Jazz is just starting to get to know, and a serial killer network that scared the crap out of me.  The only aspect that I wasn't a fan of was Connie.  In the first book, I was feeling her... but this one, not so much.  She was constantly doing stupid stuff that anyone with a brain would run from.  There is a difference between loving someone and having a death wish... and screwing up an investigation.  Jazz wanted her to stay out of it, and I really wish she would have.  She always just seemed to be in the way.

Now we get to the ending.... or ummm the lack of ending???  Game ends with not one, but two (and maybe even 3) major storylines right on the cusp of.... something.  The cliffhanger was pretty dramatic and I was once again feeling like I needed to punch myself in the face considering the next book isn't even titled yet.  Seriously to you authors out there: you are causing me physical pain with these intense cliffhangers and no next book ready to immediately be read!!  Can you take it a little bit easier on me in the future?  (I'm looking at you Kate Brian, Barry Lyga, and Michelle Hodkin).

So if you liked I Hunt Killers... I think you will like Game.  It goes less towards Jazz's inner worries and more towards the actual hunting of killers, but the lingering fear that he could turn into a killer is still there.  Not to mention his dad is on the loose, which seriously messes with his head.

Warning: If you are reading book 2, you probably are already prepared for the guts and the gore and the major death descriptions, but I'm going to go ahead and warn you that there is more of that and maybe even to a higher degree.

OVERALL: A spectacular sequel to I Hunt Killers!  I liked Jazz even more in this book and found the mystery even more entertaining than the last one.  If you enjoyed I Hunt Killers, you won't want to miss this thrilling follow-up.  But can the next book get here already because I'm dying over here!

This Book Contains:

  • Gore- and lots of it (I'm talking disembowelments and other body part removal)
  • New York City- Brooklyn mostly
  • The FBI
  • Airplane travel
  • Billy's estranged sister- and some insights into growing up Dent
  • Another unexplained dream/memory
  • Less Howie, more Connie
  • The inner workings of an ongoing investigation

My Rating:


How I got this book: Library
Date Published: 4/16/2013

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