Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga

Posted August 14, 2014 | 25 Comments

Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry LygaGame
Author: Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent #2
Published by: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher

Billy grinned. "Oh, New York," he whispered. "We're gonna have so much fun."

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history's most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn't run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo's Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help, he can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple--and its police force--running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game.

Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga

Ah, another great installment in the Jasper Dent series. I read I Hunt Killers almost a year ago and loved it, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to read Game. It was really good!

Game picks up a couple months later and Jazz’s dear ole dad is on the loose, and there’s a serial killer running rampant in New York. Jazz gets pulled into a deadly game that no one can figure out.

When you think about a 17-year-old helping police and FBI solve crimes, especially when they’re on this scale, it can seem farfetched. The author does an exceptional job at making it believable. This isn’t just some teenager with no experience suddenly outsmarting professionals. Jazz is definitely in a different league because of how he was raised, the insight and experience he has is invaluable.

Plus, the way he was brought in on the case makes his presence there more believable too. And the fact that authorities are very much involved, makes it more than just a one-man show.

I like that he struggles with who … or what he is. That may sound weird, but it makes him feel more realistic. I mean, anyone who is raised the way Jazz was is going to have some issues. It’s understandable how he would second guess his motives and feelings – whether or not it’s inevitable that he’ll be just like his dad.

We get Howie and Connie’s POVs too, and I love how much they are part of what’s going down. Howie is flippin’ hilarious! I would burst out laughing at some of the things he’d say. I wasn’t exactly keen on some decisions Connie made though, but I can kind of understand them.

Lyga certainly knows how to weave a story. The mystery is done very well, and the actual game that’s being played is pretty clever. Effed up, but cool. I know this series is considered YA, but it really does have more of an adult feel to it at times. It gets graphic.

While we do get part of it solved in this book, the game is far from over. Game ends on a major cliffhanger – actually, in a way it’s three cliffhangers. This doesn’t necessarily bother me since I already have the next book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Game, and look forward to reading the final book – Blood Of My Blood.


I hunt killers

I Hunt Killers (book #1)


25 responses to “Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga

  1. I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. How haven’t I read I Hunt Killers yet? It’s my kind of book. What I loved about The Naturals- again, a little unbelievable since it’s teenagers- but profiling, the whole point is that, they know how to profile people. And I guess, he does too, because of his father (and maybe himself a little) so in a way, it works. So yeah, I’m going to go buy the first two now.

  2. I want to read this series Christy, but I fear I won’t be able to handle it. I don’t deal well with gore, and I’ve heard these books are pretty descriptive in that area. Do you agree? Maybe if I read them during the day… 😉 Glad this second installment was a winner!

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  3. I remember so many bloggers loving I Hunt Killers. I didn’t even realize this one was out. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, and are looking forward to more!

  4. I have been eyeing this series for so long and I finally just finished the audio of I Hunt Killers two days ago. I was going to tear right into this one but I needed a more mellow listen first. This is next up though and I can’t wait for more. The audiobooks are fan freaking tastic.

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  5. Hmm for whatever reason I had I Hunt Killers was a standalone (it’s somewhere on my bookshelves but I haven’t read it yet) but now that I know it isn’t I kind of want to read it more now! Love the fact that you enjoyed the sequel and how the story progressed!

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  6. You probably know by now that this isn’t my usual type of read, but I have to admit . . . something about this series has caught and held my attention. I think I have the first book too, so I’ll have to dig it out. Sometimes even I need a little creeptastic in my life 😉

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