Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mr. Monster: By Dan Wells



I killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.

Well, it stopped for a while.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon---the terrifying persona he calls “Mr. Monster”---might now be using him.

No one in Clayton is safe unless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.

In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.


To describe the I Am Not A Serial Killer series, think of the TV show Dexter, now take Dexter back to when he was a kid, and add demons.

Yeah, that’s right demons.

Mr. Monster is the second book in this series but it certainly does not need to be read second. Wells does a fantastic job of catching the reader up in the series without boring readers of the first book, I Am Not a Serial Killer. In I Am Not a Serial Killer, we met John, a child sociopath, with urges to kill and burn things. But like the TV show Dexter, John has certain rules he follows, and as long as he follows these rules he’s able to control his inner demon, dubbed Mr. Monster by John in an effort to separate himself from his murderous urges. But when a serial killer comes to town and starts killing people in the town Mr. Monster gets control, and kills the serial killer, who happens to be nothing less than a demon.

Now in Mr. Monster John is having trouble controlling himself. It seems once he broke his cardinal rule about not killing, Mr. Monster is fighting for a life of his own. As John struggles to control himself, his home town is once again visited by a serial killer. As bodies keep showing up in mutilated forms John decides to take it upon himself again and track down this killer. But as John struggles to control himself while attempting to discover who the new killer is John’s torn between who the real monster is, the serial killer or himself.

Mr. Monster is a dark interesting read. Wells takes a great leap by adding fantasy aspects to this already proven subject. While Dexter fans may say this book follows to closely to Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels, they will none the less be drawn to read them, if not for the simple reason that the books are intriguing and captivating. If you’re at all squeamish then this is not the series for you, but if you have a dark streak in you and are at all curious of the inner workings of sociopath, then you’ll defiantly love this series.

8 out of 10


Publisher: Tor Books

Published: September 28, 2010

Price: $11.99

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