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I Don't Want to Kill You

(John Cleaver #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,141 ratings  ·  913 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
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Tor Books
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Miranda Reads
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-series
A corpse is actually the perfect friend. The perfect pet. I feel more comfortable with them than I do with real people.

Classic John Wayne Cleaver.

John is your typical teenager, with the added bonus of psychopathic tendencies, an extremely rigid moral code and a wonderful family support system. He knows that he wants to become a serial killer but he absolutely refuses to give in and his mom is right there to back him up. I adore their mother-son dynamic:
"No, Mom," I said. "No pictures."

"But y
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
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
Lorelupin Acevedo (El Caldero Literario)
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
Me ha gustado bastante. Los dos primeros libros de esta saga (?) me gustaron pero no me llegaron a convencer del todo. Este me ha gustado más y me da mucha pena que los demás libros de esta saga no estén traducidos al español (por lo menos yo no los he encontrado.
Sé que esta historia no me convencía antes ya que el protagonista no me llegaba a gustar. En esta novela me ha gustado mucho más. He llegado a entender más su forma de comportarse, aunque es verdad que no me gustaba como trataba a ciert
Apr 28, 2011 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
[Name Redacted]
First Read: ? - Sept. 3, 2012
Second Read: Sept. 10th, 2015 - Sept. 12th, 2015
Third Read: Oct. 30th - 31st, 2017

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
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Who the hell left this bowl of onions here!?

Šta reći o 3. dijelu serijala, a ne spoilati čitavu radnju.
Meni se priča i dalje stvarno dopada, John mi je i dalje drag lik i dokaz da ne postoje samo crni odnosno samo bijeli likovi. Iako je konkluzija Nikoga slabija nego u predhodnim dijelovima, prokleto sam se dobro proveo da bi šta utjecalo na ocjenu. Kraj me uhvatio nespremnog, ali je također dobar.
Zanima me kakva je "drugi dio " serijala.

Ocjena? Strašno subjektivnih 5*
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.
Heidi Tighe
Apr 03, 2011 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,
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
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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die erste Hälfte zog sich etwas, dann bekommt Dan Wells beide Daumen hoch von mir für dieses heftige Ende! Ich kann nicht anders, als gleich den nächsten Band zur Hand zu nehmen.
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
OMG! What a perfect book! I don't think Dan Wells can top I Don't Want to Kill You. Plot is disturbing, main character is sociopath yet you cheer for him. With every book John feels less upset about wanting to kill and can't wait to see what he's going to do next.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

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
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that wraps up the first arc in the John Cleaver series! I got to say that was also one of the most gut wrenching, intense endings I've read in a while. My brain is still trying to process what happened but that will take some time! The mystery in this book took a very religious turn and I kind of guessed right away from the beginning who the serial killer was. Now in the aspect of the demon that took me awhile to figure out. This series though has been so entertaining and just the right amo ...more
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
Sofia Teixeira
Mar 13, 2013 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
Reinaldo Lourenço
Mar 20, 2013 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
IzamaRi H. Fabela


Han pasado dos meses desde que John Cleaver mató al segundo demonio que llegó al condado de Clayton y ahora tras aceptar al señor monstruo que habita dentro de él, ha decidido cazar a todos los demonios, comenzando con Nadie, aquel ser al que retó a venir tras él. Pero cazar al demonio no es sencillo pues John tendrá que empezar desde cero a crear un perfil e intentar estar en su piel para lograr acabarlo. Pero hay cosas que lo distraerán en el camino,
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creí que el 2do iba a ser el mejor definitivamente, pero en este libro descubrí muchas cosas.
Tuvo muchos momentos buenos, me dejo espacio para pensar, nos dejo todo armado y al final. . . resulto que nos engaño.
Cuestion que tenemos muchos sentimientos involucrados también.
Me encanto.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, prose
I’ve just finished the third book in this series. Right in a row. Of the three John Cleaver books I’ve read, I think this is the best one. Or my favorite at least.

I heard the author say that his intent with the second book was to take this character to a real bottom before he overcame his personal demons enough to combat the external demons. In retrospect, that dark place left a bad taste in my mouth. Something about a fictional character murdering a fictional housecat changes my all too real p
Ryan Lawler
May 08, 2012 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
Chester Dean

Algo muy común en mí, es que me aburro fácilmente de una historia. Puede que el primer libro de una saga me guste mucho, me anime a leer el segundo, pero para el tercero ya perdí todo mi interés. Es por eso que he leído muy pocas sagas a lo largo de mi vida, y usualmente intento mantenerme lo más lejos posible de ellas. Eso es algo que me está gustando mucho de la saga de John Cleaver por Dan Wells, que a pesar de mi nata repulsión hacia las sagas, ésta la estoy leyendo con toda naturalidad y
Pansy Lane
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an ending to a first trilogy!

John has really grown over the last three books and I am so happy that he is still as broody, clever, ingenious, and warped as he started out in book one. However, the slight turn is that there is hope and he has learned to live with his demons and keep them in check. Use them for his better advantage on taking care of the demons that exist and continue to wreck havoc among his town.

I liked that this book focused on John's romantic side and if he is suitable to
Eric Allen
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jessica White
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a very, very long time since a book has made me mad, but I loved every second of it.

Read at your own risk, spoilers ahead.

We met John Cleaver, demon hunter, two books ago.

Book three, I Don't Want to Kill You, takes place because John called a demon. I mean, he literally picked up a phone and called a demon.The problem with his plan? He doesn't know what she's going to look like, what she's capable of, or how he's going to find her.

After his last run in with a demon, his relationship w

Dan Wells wollte High Fantasy-Autor werden. Er schrieb jahrelang Bücher und Kurzgeschichten, ohne sich selbst als Vertreter des Horror-Genres zu verstehen, obwohl all seine Werke einen düsteren Unterton enthielten. Wir verdanken es Brandon Sanderson, dass Wells dieser Düsternis eines Tages nachgab. Ja, DER Brandon Sanderson. Sie sind befreundet, führen gemeinsam den Podcast „Writing Excuses“ und leben beide in Utah. Es wundert mich etwas, dass Wells bisher nicht auf die naheliegende Option zu
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“We're taking you to the hospital,' it said, 'you're going into shock. Can you tell us how you feel?'
'I feel ...' What do I feel?
I guess that's good enough.
I feel.
“Hello, Bradley,' said Mom. She'd regained her composure after my outburst, and now raised her camera. 'Stand close.'
'No, Mom,' I said. 'No pictures.'
'But you're friend's here now,' she said, waving us together. 'Smile!'
'I don't need a picture with-' the flash snapped '-another guy. That's great, Mom, thank you. Send that one to Dad and tell him we're going steady.”
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