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I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, 1) (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2010)

av Dan Wells (Författare)

Serier: John Cleaver (1)

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John Wayne Cheever keeps his obsession with serial killers in check by a set of rigid rules that he lives by, hoping to the prevent himself from committing murder, but when a body turns up behind a laundromat, John must confront a danger outside himself.
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Titel:I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, 1)
Författare:Dan Wells (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2010), Edition: First, 272 pages
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Fun read! The narrator definitely didn't sound anything like a 15 year-old but besides that, the performance was fine. I'm thinking of picking up the next in the series. I enjoyed getting into John's head. It was a very interesting place to visit. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
This book is, quite simply, amazing. I read it in a single day, which I rarely ever do. I picked it up thinking it was an interesting concept: 15-year-old boy who knows he's going to grow up to be a serial killer but wants to change that fact. About 100 pages into the book there's a major twist that comes completely out of left-field and makes you think the book is going to plummet pretty quickly. But it doesn't. The twist actually enhances the main character's plight and brings him full circle...until the next book in the trilogy of course, which hasn't been published yet. There's plenty of spooky atmosphere and suspense to keep you hooked until the very last page. Now I can't wait for the next one! ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
At first, the protagonist in Dan Wells’ I Am Not a Serial Killer feels like a young-adult version of Dexter (Jeff Lindsay’s surprisingly likable vigilante psychopath). John Wayne Cleaver is a teenager with murderous impulses. But he doesn’t want to act on them, so he walls off his inner monster with an ironclad set of rules: if you’re thinking about hurting someone, compliment them instead; if you’re starting to obsess over someone, avoid them for at least a week; etc. Basically, don’t be crazy. All of this is similar to Dexter’s “code,” guidelines he follows to channel his demons in ways that don’t endanger innocents.

But then a real demon shows up and starts butchering people. And it’s this supernatural component that begins to set I Am Not a Serial Killer apart. We’ve seen the “It takes a killer to catch a killer” angle before; setting John on the trail of an actual monster was an interesting wrinkle.

Beyond the otherworldly aspect, though, what I really liked was how John’s inner conflict drove the story. He convinces himself he’s the only one who can stop the demon, but to do so, he has to unleash his own. Embracing his personal darkness both helps and hurts his cause: John’s confident he can kill the demon, but he’s drawn to—and distracted by—the carnage his quarry leaves in its wake. The demon also turns out to be a reluctant villain, motivated by emotions that make it feel more human to John than he does to himself.

My only real issue was that the supernatural element ultimately felt a little underplayed (and late; it doesn’t get introduced until several chapters in). John is shocked when he first sees the demon reveal its true form, but he doesn’t seem surprised that it exists. Even if this is because he lives with his own beast, I could have done with more of John researching tales of demons, looking to mythology for ways to defeat them, etc.

Oh, and it goes without saying that the story is super twisted. But if you liked Dexter or want to see a great example of how to connect—and complicate—a character’s inner and external goals, give I Am Not a Serial Killer a shot.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
  nickwisseman | Dec 7, 2020 |
An interesting read and not what I expected. Reminiscent of the show Dexter and interesting to see inside a psychopath’s mind. It seemed an accurate portrayal of the mind of a serial killer (to the best of my knowledge anyway)

But the twist was a bit too much. While it was unexpected, it was very jarring and it was a bit of a struggle to finish the book. Not sure if I’ll continue the series but it was an interesting read ( )
  m.reoch | Nov 16, 2020 |
I was so far away from the rest of the world that there was a demon between us when I tried to look back.

I came into this with few expectations beyond a prayer that I wouldn't have to awkwardly confess to myself that I didn't like the work of someone whose advice I'd been recording so diligently. So I'm very relieved and very pleased to report (to myself) that this was as structurally sound and clean as I expected from Dan-Wells-of-the-Good-Advice, but unexpectedly charming and touching with some really fascinating character work.

Firstly, because it's driving me insane to not address it: Wells spoiled the "twist" a couple times on the podcast, so I didn't get this apparently disengaging whiplash that a lot of other people had. I managed to find a friend who'd read John Cleaver and they told me that it seemed to come out of left field and they'd prefer it had been a human serial killer all along. Buuuuut, personally I think Wells couldn't have made a better decision. Another serial killer wouldn't have done much for John - he'd already done enough self-reflection by researching murderers, so to bring in another human would just rehash the exact foundation on which John is introduced and turn this into some battle-of-wits play. The demon aspect was worth it for the creativity and the exact quote that I added above. It would have been SO OBVIOUS to shove John in front of a mirror like "look this is what u are!!!!", but instead we got similar themes in much more agonizing ways: the monster was more human than John.

Moving on - I mentioned 'structurally sound' and holy shit, I don't think I can give that title to any other book ever again. This was so ridiculously clean. No pointless scenes, no excess lines, every emotional beat and plot reveal done with just the right tone and pace and tightness. That's helped by the relative simplicity of the plot (I was often a step or two ahead of John in the mystery, and I'm SO bad at solving mysteries), but not to its detriment. Where the plot (and extra characters) were things that you could summarize in a couple sentences, most of the focus went onto deconstructing John. Who was so neat, I'm sorry, John and his paraded sociopathy made my social-justice brain go into overdrive and self-destruct, BUT HE'S A KID I CAN CHERISH, OKAY.

Like, okay, I'll admit, the first half of the book handled his diagnosis with some heavy-handedness (which made it feel very YA to me? idk). At times the tone swerved hard into "lol hey guys, I'm just your AVERAGE EDGY WACKO" but I guess I'll excuse it because John was so very aware and had accepted it. Not in the way that he was happy about it, but that he knew there was no getting away from it and for the most part it was sorta Whatever, so he didn't shy at the thought of calling himself crazy. (I also appreciated how the other characters pointed out his obvious and borderline self-congratulatory behaviour - his therapist telling John that he makes serial killers into something more special than they are, for example.)
However, once we got into parts that actually made John face his diagnosis in ways beyond his rules and shutting up about dead people, the narrative backed off and instead presented these wonderfully subtle moments of him acting on his disorder without spelling it out. And when it got back to spelling it out, well, John was kinda losing his marbles, so I was too weepy to care (and it was moreso John explaining to himself, not to us, so...I...yeah).
Also, dang it man, Wells talks so often and lovingly about John and (at least to me) it's obvious how much thought and work he put into him, even in the first book. I live 4 that stuff

I get that the ending was kinda leaving it half-open half-closed for the eventual sequels (one of which is staring at me from my ereader screen as I type), but even besides that, I found it such a satisfying relief from what I feared it would be. Thank you to incomplete closure! Thank you to things getting kinda worse, not better! Thank you to the COLOSSAL PARADE OF JOHN'S FUCK-UPS that made up the climax, because goddamn is it satisfying to see characters fail. (Which, coincidentally, is something that Wells & co. mention pretty often on the podcast, and I always kept that idea in my back pocket, but now I see just how deliciously maniacal and agonizing it is to actually write/read.)

All in all, the cleanliness and the age range (which I'm kinda guessing? thanks goodreads) made it feel a little too simple at times, but the fact that every little building block was placed so precisely and came back around to capital-M Matter made it still wholly satisfying. I was kinda irked by John in the beginning because of that YA heavy-handedness, but I'm lying if I say I'm not going to head into that sequel the next chance I get. And I will relish every monster and every genre-breaking twist that comes out of left field. ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
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"I liked I Am Not a Serial Killer. It wasn’t a perfect book but it was engaging and creepy while still managing to be sweet. "
tillagd av r.orrison | ändraTor.com, Brit Mandelo (Apr 26, 2010)
 
Great pacing, a likable character, and a combination of horror and supernatural elements make this title in a new trilogy appealing.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraLibrary Journal, Craig Shufelt (Apr 1, 2010)
 
[T]his deft mix of several genres features a completely believable teenage sociopath (with a heart of gold), dark humor, a riveting mystery and enough description of embalming to make any teen squeamish even if they won't admit it.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraKirkus (Apr 1, 2010)
 
Wells does a good job entering the mind of his unlikely protagonist, but a surprising revelation about the Clayton killer's identity may turn off thriller readers who prefer not to mix genres.
tillagd av Katya0133 | ändraPublishers Weekly (Feb 1, 2010)
 
gives a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of a fifteen year old boy on the verge of possibly becoming a serial killer. It delves into the human side of what it's like to have dark, murderous thoughts and how to keep them in check.
 
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