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

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  4,825 ratings  ·  600 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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Pansy Lane
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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
*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
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
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
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
Eric Allen
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
Profundus Librum
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
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.
4,5 stars

Hűűű, de nagyon utálom ezt a részt. Több szempontból is borzalom: több szimpatikus halott, sok fejre csapós „Oh, hogy ez nem jutott eszembe!” -pillanat és ha ez nem lenne elég, ez az utolsó magyarul megjelent rész… Rég voltam ilyen szomorú.

Borító: Ennek a könyvnek a borítója volt az, ami miatt egyáltalán nekiálltam végül a sorozatnak. Gyönyörűséges, kreatív, figyelemfelkeltő! Csodaszép.

Kedvenc részeim: John és Mary. John és az anyukája.

A történet: Imádom John fanyar humorát és anyjával
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
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
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
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
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

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
It's very rare that I come across a work that makes me go through the full range of emotions one can have when reading a story. "I Don't Want to Kill You", the final book in Dan Wells' John Cleaver trilogy, offered events and experiences where it made me smile, made me absolutely horrified, and also made me quite sad. Suffice to say, I think the way it genuinely surprised me in turns made this one of my favorite, if not my favorite, books in the trilogy, because you don't see some of the turns t ...more
Short, but very, very sweet. That's how I would describe the John Cleaver trilogy. When I finished this book I immediately felt the overwhelming need to read another one, followed by anger at Dan Wells for stopping this great series after three books. But it was just my post-series depression.

The best thing about this trilogy is that it doesn't overstay it's welcome, and the ending is the kind that makes your mind wander and imagine all of the possibilities that wait for John in the future. I li
Terry Weyna
I Don’t Want to Kill You is the final book in Dan Wells’s JOHN CLEAVER trilogy. It’s a powerful conclusion, sad, brutal, humorous and loving all at the same time. Wells has done a fine job of writing three books that can stand each stand on their own, but which together make a powerful coming-of-age story.

John Cleaver is 16 or 17, and in some ways a typical teenager; he eats huge bowls of cereal, goes to high school, argues with his mother. But John is a sociopath, and he wants very much to be a
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Cooper Barham
I have finally FINISHED a trilogy. Usually I'm just stuck starting new ones constantly. Judging the series as YA, it was very good. Clear-cut, emotive, reflective, with fascinating villains (especially in the later books) and accurately portrayed conflict for the sociopathic protagonist. I Don't Want to Kill you was my favorite installment in the series, and while there were several things in the climax that I anticipated and predicted, the entire series- all of it -was worth reading solely for ...more
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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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John Cleaver (6 books)
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  • The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver, #4)
  • Six Crooked Highways (John Cleaver, #5)
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