Tuesday, July 15, 2014

YA Review - Lucky Day

Today I'm reviewing Lucky Day by Barry Lyga.

More after the jump!
Summary from Goodreads: This is the story of the small town sheriff who captured one of the world's most ruthless and cunning murderers.

It all started with Dead Girl #1 and Dead Girl #2, the first killings in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod in decades. Two murders: just a coincidence, or something more sinister? One thing's for sure -- it was definitely inconvenient in a year when Sheriff G. William Tanner, a mourning widower, had to run for reelection.

With a trail gone cold, it's only luck that links the murders to the most notorious serial killer in memory. And in a town like Lobo's Nod, the killer must be someone Tanner already knows...

Review: Most books have a villain or antagonist, some are one dimensional and some are not. The Jasper Dent series is one of the few* books I've read where the villain genuinely leaps off the page and gives me chills. Lucky day is the prequel to the series and details G. William's investigation and apprehension of big bad, Billy Dent. I know it's ridiculous because I know that G. William survived and was obviously in I Hunt Killers and Game, but throughout the book I was still convinced that Billy would kill him and that he was in grave danger. Even though this technically functions as a prequel, I would recommend reading at least I Hunt Killers, if not Game, before reading Lucky Day. That way, you can appreciate the seriousness of the investigation and Billy's cunning. If you have read the other two books, then this is the perfect short to hold you over until Blood of My Blood releases on September 09, 2014.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

*Other creepy villains: Naughty John in The Diviners by Libba Bray and Jack the Ripper in Ripper by Stefan Petrucha.

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