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I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver #3)

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Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet.

John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He's faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Tor Books (first published March 30th 2010)
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Jessica
Apr 25, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
I got so into this book that I burned off a chunk of my hair trying to read and use the blowdryer at the same time. I might take the chunk and mail it to Dan . . .

Because Dan is amazing. His brain just doesn't work like mine does. It's not that the whole serial killer thing worries me . . . if you ask around, you will probably find quite a few of your friends know random facts about serial killers, or Jack the Ripper, or true crimes. Who cares about that? What amazes me about Dan Wells is the i
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Michael
I’m a little sad to think the John Cleaver series is now over. I was really enjoying the socially awkward teenage sociopath and his struggle through high school. While the supernatural twist was a good one, I really wanted to know more about John and his struggle with others and teenage urges. I wonder if there are more books like this.
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the third installment in the story of our intrepid sociopathic monster hunter/killer.

John has a trying life, as do those who care for him...or find themselves in their vicinity. For the first two books I fond these books very interesting. Here we got very involved in John trying to function in a world that he just doesn't get without seeming too weird, dangerous...frightening. After a while here I burned out on John's frustration. The story simply bogged down a bit in the middle. We've t
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Marvin
Apr 30, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I just finished the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by Dan Wells and here is my ratings for each novel:

I An Not a Serial Killer: Four stars
Mr. Monster: Four and a half stars.
I Don't Want to Kill You: Five stars.

I listed my rating because this is what I think a trilogy should do. It should build on each book making the next one even better. You should never get the feeling that the author is just trying to finish it up or complete for the pay check. Dan Wells appears totally invested in each work. In
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[Name Redacted]
Sep 12, 2015 [Name Redacted] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, psychology
First Read: ? - Sept. 3, 2015
Second Read: Sept. 10th, 2015 - Sept. 12th, 2015

I don't even know how to process my reaction to this book. Wells kicks things up a notch for the (apparent) finale* of his "John Cleaver" series, but much of this book is actually dedicated to John's relationships to and with other people -- more than ever, John is forced to confront who and what he is and how others see him. It's incredible, it's gripping, and it's horrifying. And the final revelation of who and what "
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Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

I have been waiting for 'I Don't Want To Kill You' for what feels like forever. I absolutely loved the first two 'John Cleaver' novels and just couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the third and final book in this chilling trilogy. I cracked this baby open with great anticipation.

We meet John only a short time on from where 'Mr Monster' finished and there is another demon in town. This time it's after him. John has killed two of the demons friends and it wants revenge. John spends
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Heidi Tighe
Apr 03, 2011 Heidi Tighe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't scare me, which confuses me because it seems like it did many others, but it thrilled me, moved me, inspired me.

First, his characters: in addition to John Wayne Cleaver, who's a pretty unique fellow in and of himself, Wells creates amazing characters. He doesn't take shortcuts or rely on tropes and stereotypes. The voluptuous most popular girl at school? Guess what--she's not an empty-headed bimbo. She's smart, reflective, even wise. Wayne's mother is neither the denial-ridden,
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3.5

For most of this book, it was easily a 4-star. It was engaging and entertaining, and I really liked the addition of Marci to the cast. She brought a spark, and it was interesting to see John start to make an actual connection with someone.

I was a bit frustrated with John now and again, in his hunt for the demons, because I'd cottoned on to a couple of things long before he did. I can write it off as his obsession making him a bit myopic, but I still wanted to reach through and shake him a few
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Lorelupin Acevedo
Debo decir que esta saga cada día me gusta más y que amo a Jhon Cleaver, se que es un sociopata y es creapy pero me gusta mucho y en este libro todavía más ya que vemos una parte de el que en los demás libros no se había tocado y que al menos yo creía que no podría pasar, desde que leí los primeros dos libros tenia muchísimas ganas de que saliera el tercero (son 6) y cuando salio me apresure para pedírselo a la editorial y no me equivoque al pedirlo ya que amo muchísimo esta historia.
Como en los
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Alex Ristea
Dan Wells doesn't pull any punches in his conclusion of this fun and fast trilogy.

I thought the climax worked perfectly because it culminated so many emotional threads that had been set up in the previous books. I was completely unprepared for how hard it would hit me. The end isn't happy (in fact it's quite dark and introspective), but it's exactly what this story needed.

As an epic fantasy guy, I'd almost given up hope on short novels (<500 pages long) pleasing me. There just isn't enough ti
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Yolanda Sfetsos
After absolutely loving the first and second books in the John Cleaver series, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one... and it didn't disappoint.

John's not like other teenage boys. He doesn't have real friends, he tries to keep his distance from girls, he enjoys helping his mother in the family mortuary, he's an expert on serial killers, he has a set of rules he constantly recites to himself, and he's a sociopath. Oh, plus he's killed two demons. Evil demons that decided to terrorise his to
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Pansy Lane
Mar 26, 2012 Pansy Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
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Reinaldo Lourenço
Apr 07, 2016 Reinaldo Lourenço rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2016
Estava indeciso entre 4 e 5* mas como foi o livro que mais gostei vou dar as 5*
É o fim (será) de uma triologia que começou morna e acabou mto quente (literalmente) :)
Para mim é o melhor livro da triologia, mais complexo que os anteriores mas sempre com uma escrita muito cativante e cheia de humor.
É engraçada esta mistura entre o policial e o sobrenatural.
Pelos vistos o autor está a escrever uma 2a triologia mas nao sei se será editada por cá... o Blog/FB da Contraponto está parado desde Julho de
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Rui Monteiro
Oct 24, 2016 Rui Monteiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E mais uma trilogia lida. Não espera gostar desta série, mas acabei por adorar e a recomendar. Este ultimo volume foi bom, mas não tão bom como aos dois anteriores. Não esperava aquele final.
Amanda
*Actually 3.5 stars*

The plot this time around was disappointingly full of obvious red herrings. I knew within the first chapter where Nobody was hiding, and it was kind of ridiculous that talented, intelligent John was missing it. Similarly, I found the serial killer who John identified as who he could end up being if he made the wrong choices to be a bit heavy-handed. John was already well aware of the risks of his sociopathy from the very first book. It felt a bit unnecessary to make this such
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Ryan Lawler
May 08, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Don’t Want To Kill You is the third and final book in the John Cleaver series. After the awesome debut of I Am Not A Serial Killer and the sheer epicness that was Mr. Monster, this book had some mighty big boots to fill. In the end this book may have fallen just short of the level set by Mr. Monster, but it is still a brilliant book and a fitting a fitting end to the series.

I Don’t Want To Kill You starts a few months after the end of Mr. Monster. John is still feeling the affects from his bat
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Sam Whitehouse
Rating: 5/5
I Am Not a Serial Killer, the first book in the John Cleaver series (which has recently been extended to 6 books) was one of the best books I read last year. The sequel, Mr Monster, wasn’t as good as its predecessor, but it was still crazily paced, with plenty of tension and Cleaver’s witty, crazy first person narration. The second book suffered from being similar to the first, and not really developing in terms of plot or character.
The third book manages to be just as good as the fi
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Lori Anaple
Jan 23, 2013 Lori Anaple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, paranormal, 2013
I finally get it. It took me three books to do it, but somewhere in this one I had an "AHA" moment. I have to look at this book from a religious perspective. Not religious in terms of preachy, become a christian, but religious as in choice and a loving God.

There are three pivotal scenes which led me here. The first was in Mr. Monster when John didn't kill the asshat who beat on his sister; where he learned that he would be no better than said asshat if he killed or even hurt him. The second is a
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Sofia Teixeira
Mar 28, 2013 Sofia Teixeira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A curiosidade nasceu com Não Sou Um Serial Killer, a paixão e o vício com Senhor Monstro e é já com saudades que me despeço de John Cleaver em Não Te Quero Matar. Dan Wells conseguiu construir uma história fantástica com uma personagem principal sólida e fascinante e com um enredo de prender o leitor do início ao fim, mantendo sempre o suspense até às últimas páginas.

No fim do Senhor Monstro, John fez uma promessa solene - iria destruir Ninguém. Como? Ainda não sabia. Porém, não demorou muito a
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Emm ♆ S.
4.5 Stars
Quite awesome. This one I felt, was a little more slow-paced than the two before it, and in the first half especially is more speculation than action. Is that a bad thing? No, actually. There's a lot of character development there.

In summation, John has invited this creature called Nobody down to his hometown, completely unaware of what this monster can do... though that fact doesn't really hit him until bodies start to drop.
He suspects this Nobody is at the heart of two mysteries - a c
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Brad
Mar 05, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised and a little miffed at myself for not revisiting this series. I had it waiting for years, but another book always pushed it out of the way. Well I finally rectified that.

I always wanted to compare this to Dexter, but I was continually disappointed by John's lack of real charm. Fortunately, the mysteries are all quite good and who doesn't like a little demon hunting? The plots aren't that predictable, and these read very well. I have to say that I may have underestimated the
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Gina
May 04, 2016 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third and final book in Wells' John Cleaver trilogy. Well...but now he has written two more books which I'll read. Still, I found the conclusion to this as a trilogy satisfying. Cleaver is a budding sociopath who has designed strict rules for himself in order to keep from becoming a serial killer, but then he discovers demons exist. Game on. These books are dark and disturbing, but this one had me choking up a time or two. When three people John cares about - and wow he was surprised ...more
Nima
Aug 07, 2014 Nima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ezt a démonos szálat még mindig nem tudom mire vélni. az eseményeket tekintve mintha komolyan gondolná, de ott a lehetőség, hogy ez csak az emberben rejlő gonosz megjelenítése.
a végén picit meglepődtem. azt gondolom, kár John Cleaverért és a pszichopata létéért, de lehet, hogy a legtöbb olvasót megnyugtatta a fordulat.
Miguel Benitez
Mar 24, 2016 Miguel Benitez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my fave till now , it was amazing and made me feel a lot of emotions, this saga gets better with each book. ...more
Munke
Sep 04, 2016 Munke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ist es wirklich vorbei? jetzt geht die Dämonenjagd doch erst richtig los?!
eine ganz gute Reihe, wenn man sich an das übernatürliche gewöhnt hat ^^
Dustin
Once again a great John Cleaver novel. I'm eager for the next trilogy!
Anali
Oct 10, 2016 Anali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Era como si toda la población estuviera infectada de corrupción, como si se estuviera destrozando a sí misma antes de que los demonios tuvieran tiempo de hacerlo ellos mismos. ¿Merece la gente así ser salvada? Más concretamente: ¿quieren esas personas que las salven?"

Ummm...Me ha gustado más que los anteriores así que se ha ganado las 4 estrellas. O más bien, John Cleaver se ha ganado las estrellas.

Como en los libros anteriores, ha sido mi personaje favorito. Sigue estando loco, sigue ten
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Matt Hayes
Oct 19, 2016 Matt Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are just a few things barring this from a full-fledged 5-star rating.

First of all, let me start by saying that I Don't Want to Kill You is a VAST improvement from its predecessor, Mr. Monster, which I wasn't too big a fan of. The third installment in the John Cleaver trilogy builds on the ideas of the first two books and provides a satisfying conclusion to the story that started with I Am Not a Serial Killer. The plot was intelligent and cohesive; the writing, as always, was fluid and eas
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Matthew
May 06, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Naty Flor
Jan 14, 2017 Naty Flor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new w ...more
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