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Io non sono un serial killer: [romanzo] (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Dan Wells, M (M), R (R)

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Title:Io non sono un serial killer: [romanzo]
Authors:Dan Wells
Other authors:M (M), R (R)
Info:Roma, Fazi, 2012
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I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells (2009)

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A creepy but good psychological study with great suspenseful action/horror plot. I read this right on the heels of reading I Hunt Killers so it was hard not to compare the two, but they're both good in their own right, despite a little bit of overlap in tone and theme and of course, plot setup. In this one, however, there is a supernatural twist, which may alienate some readers looking for a straight up horror thriller entirely grounded in reality. But it didn't bother me, I thought it was very realistically done. John Wayne Cleaver, main character of this book, does not have any serial killers in the family, but he feels he could become one because he knows he has sociopathic tendencies and lacks empathy; he enjoys embalming the corpses that come through his mother's funeral home, which is pretty creepy to the rest of us. He has created an elaborate set of Rules in his head that he follows to the letter, such as having a friend because that's what normal people do; he feels if he breaks his rules he will spiral into killing. And with bodies turning up in town that John knows are serial murders, he begins to realize he must break his rules in order to stop the killer...but will he become a killer himself? (shudder!) ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
I read about this book in a Good Reads newsletter. The premise was intriguing – a 14 year old boy who knew he was a sociopath, but was trying to keep his urges under control. It is going rather well until a real serial killer begins to claim victims in his small home town. His fascination with the killings leads to some interesting developments, but the plot becomes rather unrealistic and borders on science fiction rather than the psychological thriller I was expecting.
This book is intended to be the first of a trilogy. I may read the next two volumes when they come out, but I will not be eagerly awaiting them like I am with The Hunger Games.
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  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
(I should include a warning right off that this will have a few spoilers--compared to usual anyhow.)

John Wayne Cleaver (named after the movie star) knows he's not normal. Interacting with people doesn't come naturally for him--in fact it doesn't come easily, naturally or, well, anything for him. He doesn't know how to be 'normal' and interact with those around him, how to do the things that almost all of the rest of us take for granted. He can't connect with people, can't understand them.

He can understand serial killers, though. He's fascinated by them (he avoids using the word obsessed). Whenever he has to do a school report on someone, he chooses a serial killer. He talks to his therapist about how he thinks he'll become a serial killer-but doesn't want to. John even has rules to avoid something like that happening.

Then his small, midwestern town is struck by a killer--and John just knows it's a serial killer before there's more than one murder. Through his own investigation he's going to find the identity of the killer.

I had really high hopes for this book. A fifteen-year-old main character who thinks he has the characteristics of a would be serial killer, but wants to avoid that happening, all the while working in his family's mortuary embalming bodies? There could have been a lot of done with looking at human nature and psychologically how things affect us. At least that's what I was hoping for--something more like Criminal Minds, or something but sort of the reverse side or something.

Instead, though, Wells brings in a supernatural element for the serial killer so while John is still battling things in himself the external element that he is battling, isn't human at all. There are a lot of supernatural books that still examine human nature and what it means to be evil, etc but I was really hoping for something that only dealt with people and conscience and that sort of evil without tangible monsters/demons.

For me, at least, that really took something away from the book--and how good it was--or could have been.

I do think, however, if you go into it knowing there's a supernatural element or not really, really wanting a book that explores human nature in the way that I did, you could really enjoy this book. I'm giving it a lower rating becuase I had such a problem with one of the major elemnts of the plot, but the characters were well done, the story developed well (minus the supernatural bit for me).
  BookSpot | May 18, 2015 |
This was the first time I read something faster than I could put it on my shelf here. Listened, I should say... and I found it hard to stop. It started off funny, then became disturbing, and then downright scary. It is a very interesting look into the mind of a sociopath, I must say. Some things I related to a lot, actually, which concerns me now :). A couple of my favorite quotes were "Talking is normal. It's what normal people do together. I needed the practice." And, "I wanted to be a real boy." The latter allusion to Pinocchio is like a twisted and perfect metaphor. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
Poor John Wayne Cleaver is named after a two serial killers and a weapon for his last name. Plus it does not help that he keeps a list of rules to keep himself from killing others and sometimes he can't help himself. But he never really truly kills someone he just threatens to do so. John is totally obsessed with serial killers even though he doesn't want to become one.

Dead bodies are normal to John and in fact he actually appreciates them. He can't give any emotion and dead bodies don't ask for emotion so maybe that why he likes dead people. Or maybe he is just socially awkward. To find out read the book. ( )
  JaFi14 | Feb 7, 2015 |
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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. "
added by r.orrison | editTor.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.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary 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.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (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.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers 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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For Rob, who gave me the best incentive a little brother can give, he got published first.
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Mrs. Anderson was dead.

Nothing flashy, just old age—she went to bed one night and never woke up. They say it was a peaceful, dignified way to die, which I suppose is technically true, but the three days it took for someone to realize they hadn’t seen her in a while removed most of the dignity from the situation. Her daughter eventually dropped by to check on her and found her corpse three days rotted and stinking like roadkill. And the worst part isn’t the rotting, it’s the three days—three whole days before anyone cared enough to say, "Wait, where’s that old lady that lives down by the canal?" There’s not a lot of dignity in that.

Tiger, tiger, burning bright / In the forests of the night / What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
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Fear the darkness within...

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don't demand or expect the empathy he's unable to offer. Perhaps that's what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there's something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat — and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can't control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.

Dan Wells's debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

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