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

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,551 Ratings  ·  649 Reviews
John Cleaver has called a demon—literally called it, on the phone, and challenged it to a fight. He’s faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he’s done running; he’s taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town’s darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of c ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Tor Books (first published March 30th 2010)
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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.
Apr 25, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
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
[Name Redacted]
Sep 12, 2015 [Name Redacted] rated it it was amazing
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 "
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
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
Heidi Tighe
Apr 03, 2011 Heidi Tighe rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 30, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Ristea
Sep 27, 2013 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing
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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

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
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
Pansy Lane
Mar 26, 2012 Pansy Lane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
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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
*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
Lori Anaple
Jan 23, 2013 Lori Anaple rated it it was amazing
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
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
Ryan Lawler
May 08, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it
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
Miguel Benitez
Mar 24, 2016 Miguel Benitez rated it it was amazing
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
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
Eric Allen
May 12, 2015 Eric Allen rated it really liked it
Of the three current John Cleaver books, I felt that this one was probably the weakest. By this time, there's not much more that the author can do to shock us with John's behavior, and I figured out pretty much the entire plot as soon as the first Handyman killing happened. The mystery was a little weak and way too predictable. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
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Profundus Librum
Nov 29, 2014 Profundus Librum rated it it was amazing
A harmadik részben fordul a kocka. John a préda szerepében főszereplője a regénynek. Ellenfele pedig betegebb, megfoghatatlanabb, érthetetlenebb, mint eddig bármikor. Ez a rész történetileg kicsit gyengébbre sikerült, mint az előző kötet. Egyetlen dologgal tudom ezt alátámasztani, mégpedig azzal, hogy a regény két nagy fordulatára már a könyv legelején világosan ráéreztem, így nem volt váratlan, mikor bebizonyosodott, hogy nem csaltak meg az érzéseim. Ettől függetlenül a könyv nem okozott csalód ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Nima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysticism, crime, 2014
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.
Mar 13, 2015 Dustin rated it it was amazing
Once again a great John Cleaver novel. I'm eager for the next trilogy!
Denae Christine
Nov 25, 2015 Denae Christine rated it it was amazing
These are very strange, I admit. Still, I'm loving them!
John continues to amaze and disturb me. That pretty much sums it up. John (our MC) dreams of torturing/killing strangers/friends, but his efforts every day are toward saving his town. Yes, he's trying to stop the bad guy still, but his drive has grown to include saving the good guys.
In this one, John is more connected with the killer than before. He knows what she is, but not who she is. On an unrelated note, he has a girlfriend and low lev
Mar 05, 2015 Brad rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
This series really grew on me, and this one might just be my favorite of the bunch. If John's prominent homicidal side turned you off in Mr. Monster, then you'll be happy to hear that in this book we find a very different John who *gasp* is getting in touch with his feelings. How does a sociopath have feelings you ask? Well, that is a very good question and more or less what this book revolves around. This book is far, far less gross and terrifying than the last book, but is far more emotionally ...more
I really really love this series. The first two books were both amazing, and this concluding novel was just as good. Though it sounds a little gory, and a little creepy, and a little strange to have a story about a teenage sociopath who works with his mom in a mortuary desperate not to be a serial killer who channels his killing lust into demonslaying...and it is all those works. And it works really really well.

The writing is superb. It has a casual feel to it and is perfectly done i
Aug 01, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
So this being the third and (final???) book in the series found me comparing not just all three books but John, himself. I kept thinking about how different he seemed in each book. Not like he was progressing or changing just about what a different character he sounded like in each book. In the first we have a kid who has accepted his sociopath tendencies but who is struggling every day to deal with the urge to kill. He's more introverted and quiet and was probably my favorite, btw, in this one. ...more
Robin Ambrose
Apr 01, 2011 Robin Ambrose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I DON'T WANT TO KILL YOU is the third book in the amazing trilogy of John Wayne Cleaver, son of Sam and teenage sociopath-turned-demon-slayer. I can't say it's my favorite in the series--but only because I'm too busy hating the mad genius who wrote it.

It is the perfect capstone to what has been a gory, thrilling, and emotionally draining ride. It is perfectly satisfying, with no dangling ends, no important questions unasked or unanswered, and no emotional pain unendured--by the reader, if not b
Ranting Dragon
Dec 13, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: guests

This review contains minor spoilers for Mr. Monster

I Don’t Want To Kill You is the final entry in the John Cleaver trilogy by Dan Wells, following I Am Not A Serial Killer and Mr. Monster, and it brings the series to a thrilling conclusion.

Having finally come to terms with the darkness inside him that he calls ‘Mr. Monster,’ teenage sociopath John Cleaver makes it his personal mission to hunt down and destroy demons as I Don’t Want To Kill You continues hi
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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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