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Mr. Monster

(John Cleaver #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  11,770 ratings  ·  1,341 reviews
In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies.

But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death,
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Headline
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Emily Badly. It's about a serial killer and killer tendencies.…moreBadly. It's about a serial killer and killer tendencies.(less)
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Miranda Reads
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty big shock to realise that the only people you can identify with are psychopathic killers.

We continue the story of quasi-serial killer John Wayne Cleaver, who despite bearing the name of two serial killers and a murder weapon, is determinedly not going to give in to impulse to become a murderer...though he may bend the rules for some truly monstrous people.

The demon from the first story? He had friends. And one of those friends just came knocking at the door. As the disappearanc
Mike (the Paladin)
This book is a bit hard to rate...and review.

***Please note***:
I AM ASSUMING YOU HAVE READ I Am Not A Serial Killer which is the first volume of this "story". THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THAT BOOK HERE.

I find many things about this/these book(s) interesting and well done. I also find a lot about (especially this one) objectionable. The books attempt to walk the lines between slasher/horror/urban fantasy. The first book follows John as he struggles with his own "verging" sociopathy. He has alway
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Trust me, from one sociopath to another: if you don't understand the reason for something, it's always love."

What fascinated me in I Am Not A Serial Killer is learning about antiosocial personality disorder, discovering the world of morticians, and more than anything rooting for a boy struggling with his sociopathic tendencies and his need to be good. But none of that was fascinating for me here.

When it wasn't repetitive or bland (all those "oh my gosh"es and first dates screamed Mormon author)
Mary ♥
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

Humans aren't defined by death, and they're not defined by what they lack. They're defined by their connections.

One of the greatest series I got my hands in for 2018 was the I'm Not A Serial Killer series, for a variety of reasons. When I picked the second book up, I was hoping for one thing. Surpass the first, if possible. And it did it, in one of the best ways ever. The second book showed us John's struggles with his mental illness, his life as a teenager and the supernatural murd
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great and grisly follow up with a truly sinister demon!
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Audio - 5 stars
Story - 4.5 stars

I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but John Cleaver is like a young Dexter starring in his own Supernatural series! I'm officially addicted!
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't help but love these books.

Already with the first book, I knew that I'd enjoy whatever Dan Wells threw at me, but seriously, these books are like crack to me now.
I love John Cleaver because he's a sociopath with morals. That kind of main character is hard to beat.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I'm not pleased with the end. It felt too abrupt and inconclusive. Of course, it's not the last book in the series, so it's not supposed to be completely conclusive, but what I mean
4.5 stars. John Wayne Cleaver is a 15 year old sociopath. He knows exactly what he is, and he knows exactly what he wants to be. And exactly what he doesn’t want to be, and John doesn’t want to be a killer. Everyday is a struggle though, trying to be good, trying to be normal.

I like John a lot, because he fights so hard. In this book, his other side, Mr. Monster, almost took over. It was so close. But John keeps fighting him and this time it really hurt, because it took away the one thing that
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FIRST READ: Aug. 10 - 13, 2012
SECOND READ: Sep. 4 - 7, 2015
THIRD READ: Oct. 27 - 28, 2017

Once again, wow.

I blazed through this one over the course of a weekend -- it would have been a single day but I had to visit a local Scandinavian festival with friends and then finish my slideshow for tomorrow's lesson.

This volume is even darker, even more gruesome than the first, as John's "heroic" actions from I Am Not A Serial Killer take on a twisted life of their own. The darkness within John is gettin
Emm C²
This review and other odd-shaped monsters on Blood Red Velvet.

About a year ago I made the chance discovery of Wells' other novel, The Hollow City, which I have honestly not been able to find an equal of in its unique concoction of genres. A novel with zero flaws in my eyes. So of course what had I to do but to read literally everything else Wells had written? And absolutely *zero* of his books have been a disappointment, or even below a solid four-out-of-five stars.

I've read all of the John Clea
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Monster, the sequel to I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, was scarily addicting. It’s a story about a sixteen-year-old sociopath, at war with himself over giving into his darker urges or doing right and acting normal. And while this sounds creepy and weird, the mystery of the story and the development of John’s character make for a fascinating read. Also, it’s impossible to put down.

Continuing a few months after I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster delves even deeper into John’s sociopa
Rachel Aranda
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-rentals
Mr. Monster is different from its predecessor, I am Not a Serial Killer, as it gives me a good kind of mixed feelings. With I am Not a Serial Killer, I felt like I was on a wild ride where I didn't know what to expect. In Mr. Monster, Mr. Wells takes us on a wild ride where we don't know which aspect of John Wayne Cleaver's personalities we're dealing with as both are wide awake and fighting for control of his psyche. A good example of me feeling dual feelings is when John goes on his first date ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am going to review Mr. Monster by Dan Wells.

In the interest of full honesty, Dan and I don’t go way back, nor are we even Christmas card friends. We met a few years ago and have barely talked since (not out of any animosity). However, the circumstance was just unusual enough that I remember him and he remembers me. He’s an accomplished author and I’m an aspiring one.

And that’s all there is to that.

Now on to his book.

I read I Am Not a Serial Killer, also by him and the first in his John Cleaver
Another 5 stars audio and riveting story!!!!
actual rating: 3.5

I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one. It's not that it's technically less good, it's just more of a personal preference thing. I was really into it until we got to the ~super fun~ torture house and then everything just really went downhill for me. See, the reason I don't read a lot of crime books is because I don't want to have to deal with a lot of books that are largely about women being brutally tortured and unfortunately I fell right into that with this boo
WARNING If you do not like dark themed stories, stories about serial killers, or (view spoiler), then you should not read this story. It is not easy and I almost stopped midway because of the spoiler.

Book 1, I Am Not A Serial Killer was amazing. It was not at all what I expected and I borrowed book 2 from my library before I even finished book 1. :D Mr. Monster picks up pretty much where book 1 left off, with John is
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
In the second book of the series, young John Cleaver continues to battle the forces of evil...both inside of him and out in the world. He does his best to stick to his list of rules that should help prevent him from becoming a serial killer, even if that is all he knows would actually make him feel fully alive. He struggles to communicate with the rest of society because he's got no empathy but he tries, and he tries hard. But in this book, *something* is taunting him, marking him, inviting him ...more
This is wrong. This is exactly what I've always wanted, and exactly what I've always wanted to avoid.

I can't tell my dreams from my nightmares.

Dang it, Dan Wells. I got other books to read. Places to be. Emotions to not be spent on fictional cats that may or may not be dead. At least I tore through this in two sittings.

Shooooot this is was so much more emotionally charged than the last and I loved it for that. Seriously, IS this YA? We're sorta pushing it. Lots of uncomfortable and creepy moment
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
So I Am Not a Serial Killer had that abrupt turnaround that put off everyone and disrupted the flow of the book. Get over it. It was still a very creative story that managed to turn a creepy kid into a 15 year old antihero for our ambivalent generation. The secret is out for number two of the trilogy. It is even in the Goodreads description of Mr. Monster. This series is a supernatural thriller with a would-be teenaged serial killer in the driver's seat.

Now the question is; Can Mr. Wells success
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Wells has certainly done his homework. He pulled me in with I Am Not A Serial Killer, his first look at John Wayne Cleaver, his well-named sociopath (named for both John Wayne Gacy and a weapon). While the first novel explored the relationship between John's good side and "Mr. Monster," his twisted inner demon, this latest novel delves much farther into John's relationship with his own psychosis.

As someone who's always been a little fascinated with serial killers (I've stopped reading the t
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book until you've read I Am Not a Serial Killer. You really need to know the background story in Book 1 of this series to fully understand it.

That said, I did like this book. It started out a bit slow, focusing more on John's personal life than the mystery. Once the bodies were discovered, the pace really took off. The supernatural element from the first book is continued here. I found this book more emotionally distrubing than the first one, mainly because of the descriptions at
Eric Allen
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as creepy as the first one, (view spoiler)but with the added benefit of having a more threatening villain, better writing, and an all-around upping of the stakes. If you liked the first one, you' ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose, fantasy, horror
Writing a series is tough work. I’ve been thinking about this some lately. The common adage in screenwriting (and I’d think, in novel writing as well) is that to be worthy of a movie (or novel), it has to be an event that can only take place once in a person’s life. Anything other than that and, well, then you’ve chosen the wrong story to tell.

So, of course, that is a truism, but when I think about series (be they movies or books), when they don’t work I think oftentimes it’s because that parti
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You can't really write a review of this book for a couple of reasons. One, you're not going to be able to do it justice. You'll try to convey how stay-up-all-freakin-night, can't-turn-the-pages-fast-enough good it is...but you can't; it will all just sound like hyperbole. And two, you can barely write a summary of it without giving away plot points that are much more fun to discover as the story progresses. And I guess there's the stigma of saying that a book about a sociopathic, teenage serial- ...more
Graham Bradley
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I could sit here all night typing about this book. It blew my mind in ways I could never have anticipated. It was smart--downright brilliant even. I can't fathom the amount of thought and thorough understand that went into making this story.

It follows up with teenage sociopath John Cleaver, who in book 1 was desperately trying not to become a serial killer. He was obsessed with death, and his family runs the town mortuary, and he studied serial killers because of how interesting they were. He al
Yolanda Sfetsos
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Larry Zieminski
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in Dan Well's I Am Not A Serial Killer trilogy is very good. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this second book surpasses the first book in many ways.

My favorite aspect of these books is the information we get about how the embalming process is done. Stephen King has talked about how death and the ways we care for our dead is one of our big taboo subjects (i.e. we really don't know what goes on between the death of a relative and the viewing of the casket at the
Heidi Tighe
So very, very disturbing. This is an LDS author like you've never read before.

As a teenager, I used to wonder what it would be like to be a sociopath who was trying not to kill. It seems very similar to the way I felt about sneaking snacks into the movie theater. It's something that I know I shouldn't do in my head, but I didn't think my heart would feel any guilt if I actually did it. What stopped me, then, from sneaking snacks in even though I really wanted to? Was that the same thing that wou
Neil Hepworth
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I finished I Am Not A Serial Killer, I started the next book in the series, Mr. Monster. Now that I am done with Mr. Monster, I have sent away for the final book, I Don’t Want to Kill You. It can’t come fast enough. These are phenomenal books.

If you liked the first book, you will like this one, too. And actually, if you liked the first half of the first book, but hated the twist and the end, then you should still like this one, too.

Rather than focus on the supernatural aspects that
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Let me preface this review by saying I'm an idiot for not realizing this book was a sequel to another that I haven't read. Duh. That's what happens when you are afraid the blurb on the back cover will give it away.

This book left me with a bad feeling. The story itself was ok, and the narrator is someone that the reader roots for (at least for a while). It was extremely graphic though, and not in a good way. I can stomach true crime, Law & Order SVU, and anything with zombies all day long. But a
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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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