Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

Book: Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
Genre: Horror
Rating: A-
For: Fun? Supporting Local Authors!
From: I bought this with a Christmas gift card.

This book follows the story that began in I Am Not a Serial Killer. John Wayne Cleaver has been diagnosed a total sociopath. He is messed up in a big way. Mostly, he just wants to kill and torture people. But he has some guidelines laid out to help him fight his battle within so that he won't let Mr. Monster take over. Most of the time it works really quite well, but then sometimes it doesn't.

Did I say he works with his mom in a mortuary? Yes, he LOVES to embalm their "patients." Lost of description. Oh boy. This is actually a bit therapeutic for him. But I had to skim. Ew.

And here's the weird thing. All that being said, I really like this boy. He wants to do the right thing. He wants so bad to be normal. He's really quite funny and clever and all together. I just want to give him a hug. But, you know, he might kill me!

So this book is mostly about his internal conflict. I enjoyed that. He truly is a fascinating character and you truly do get in his head, which is creepy and cool. But then, there's more murders going on in this town, which fascinates John, and of course, he gets right in the middle of it. And then, oh boy, things take a turn for the very very worst. And then I wanted to do more skimming, but I couldn't look away, and my eyes were glued to the page and I was holding my breath and... oh it's very bad... but in a good horror book way.

Dan Wells always says when he talks to fans out various conferences etc. that his mother-in-law has called to ask his wife if she is safe... and let me just say... I don't blame her! :)

Don't let your kids read this.

Don't read it before bed.

I'm scared for the next book.

Bottom line: Despite the torture, literally, I really enjoyed this!

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  1. I really need to read this one now! I really like Dan Wells' writing style. I still think about the first book, and that's saying something.

  2. I'm anxious to hear what you think of it!



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