Apr 272011

I Don’t Want to Kill You

Author: Dan Wells

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

Published: April 2011

ISBN: 978-0-7653-2249-4

Hardcover: 320 pages

First of all this will be a short review. I can not say much about this book that won’t give anything away in the other two. If you haven’t read I Am Not a Serial Killer or Mr. Monster then you need to read those before this one.  I admit I was seriously freaked out to read these books, (see my review) but I wanted to finish my Whitney reading.  Yes, they are scary, a bit gory, and nothing I’ve ever read before.  But, that is what makes them as good as they are and unique.  I love reading a book and after awhile, taking a break, then realizing that my mouth has been hanging open for who knows how long.  That’s what it was like to read this final book.

**Possible Spoiler Alert**

John has been through a lot in the past few months.  Killing and speaking to demons is almost like brushing his teeth.  More mysterious things are happening in town that he and a friend try to figure out.  Young girls are killing themselves and local public figures are being killed.  John suspects everyone, but what he gets he wasn’t expecting.

**Spoiler Over**

This is was my favorite book of the series.  John really comes to terms with himself and learns a lot, not only about himself, but the people in his life.  Some shocking things happen, a couple things I anticipated, one huge thing I didn’t.

4 1/2 stars out of 5.

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  7 Responses to “I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells”

  1. I loved the first book in the series and have purchased the second, too. Everything I’ve heard is that they just get better. That first book was a hard read for me, since I don’t usually read the horror genre, but I’d heard such good things about it I had to give it a try–and got sucked right in. But I had to take an emotional break before beginning “Mr. Monster.” =D

  2. Donna, Mr. Monster was the hardest for me! But, get through it because IDWTKU is worth it. :)

  3. I finished listening to Mr. Monster today and am debating if I should take a break between it and I Don’t Want to Kill You, since they’re emotionally draining for me.

    I thought Mr. Monster was fabulous … in a sick, twisted sort of way and Dan absolutely deserved the tie win for the overall Whitney (and I’m a HUGE Way of Kings fan).

    I am so impressed by Dan’s ability to make me care about John, root for John. Normally, a character with the kinds of fantasies and dreams he has would completely turn me off, but Dan makes me CARE so much for this kid! I love the way Dan handled the abuse with John’s sister and his mother’s history with his father slowly came out. I loved John’s epiphany toward the end.

  4. Donna, I say just rip off the bandaid, read it and get it done. It isn’t as violent as Mr. Monster. I Don’t Want to Kill You is the best in the series. If you liked John in Mr. Monster, you will love him in this one. He’s an amazing character. I will not be surprised if IDWTKY takes it next year. LMK what you think when you’re done!!

  5. Okay. Like a bad penny, I just keep coming back.

    I LOVED this book. I loved them all, but I LOVED this one. I’ve got several people reading it at work. =D It was such a ‘wow’, and while I ached for John’s pain, the growth potential because of it is terribly important for him. I want to say more but I’m afraid of saying too much. All I can say is when I was done with it, I wanted to cry a little (and I did) but I also felt so uplifted and positive. It takes an amazing writer to manage both of those things at the same time.

    And I agree. Since Dan tied this year for ‘Mr. Monster’, I would be surprised if he doesn’t get it for this one. Hard read, but very worth it.

    Kinda like having a baby. =D

  6. Donna, I tried to email you, but the email I replied is wrong. DM me your email on twitter or I requested to be your friend on facebook. I wanted to share with you all the details of what I thought of IDWTKU, but I don’t want to spoil it for others :)

  7. Oh, my bad. I corrected it. Nothing like combining emails. Ugh.

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