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Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
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Jul 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mental-illness, ya, fantasy, series

Picking up where the previous book left off, John Wayne Cleaver, teenage sociopath and assistant at the family morgue, is trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of killing a serial killing demon. His inner sociopath, Mr. Monster, has a taste for blood now, and he wants more. Soon new dead bodies start showing up. Although John is almost certain it's a new demon, he isn't certain how much longer he can keep Mr. Monster under control.

This entry in the series accomplishes a lot of tasks. It must address the question of whether John will continue to deal with his sociopathic tendencies in the new, non-traditional way he discovered in the previous book or go back to traditional therapy. It also must set up the trajectory for the rest of the series. Wells accomplishes both of these tasks, plus he manages to make the new demon unique and intriguing, as well as include side-plots concerning John's family and romantic interest. Unfortunately, with so much to do, the book does struggle a bit with uneven pacing. Instead of steadily building to the climax as most good thrillers do, it starts and stops a bit. It's not a disappointing second book in a series, but it isn't amazing.

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