By: Barry Lyga
The second in a unique and titillating new series, Game is an intricate novel filled with detail and seasoned with multidimensional characters. Following the wildly popular I Hunt Killers was no easy feat but Barry Lyga made it look like child’s play with this fluid and ethereal thriller. Lyga’s writing is vivid and with it he creates a story so real, it’s scary. The character at the center of it all, is an awkward teenager who would find fitting in difficult enough even if he wasn’t the only son of the nation’s most prolific serial killer. Jazz (Jasper) Dent, son of Billy Cornelius Dent, has fought to mentally distance himself from his maniacal father – even going so far as to help the police and Feds catch him. Trying to prove to himself and those around him that he was different Jazz helped to catch another serial killer who had taken a liking to Billy Dent. After a period of relative quiet, things seemed to settle back to normal fro the neighborhood of Lobo Nodd. That is, until Jazz unwittingly helps his father escape from prison and resume an even more gruesome killing spree.
Barry Lyga has created a different kind of thriller – both mental and physical this series is one that will set him apart as an author and earn him much acclaim. As an avid reader of this genre I felt that it contained all of the necessary pieces, and slowly as to tantalize the reader Lyga fits them into place. You’ll find yourself racing through this book, turning page after frantic page trying to get to the bottom of this crazy and dangerous game, trying to catch the killer and unmask him or maybe even them for the world to see. Jazz has one more chance to prove to himself more than anyone else that he is nothing like his dad, as he tries to figure out what happened to his mother and how even after all of these years, his dad can still manipulate him. Pick up a copy of I Hunt Killers and Game, wrap yourself up in a warm blanket and settle in with a cup of coffee, these are two great books to get lost in this Fall.