John also has a sister, Lauren, who we don't see much of, but get a short scene towards the end of the book that makes us wonder what she may or may not know about John, and their absent father.
Throughout the book a serial killer is stalking the citizens of Clayton. John is trying to figure out who the killer is and why they are killing. In the end John finds out more than he expected to find.
I liked the idea of this book more than I liked the book. When the author shows the audience who the killer is I was frustrated and annoyed. It didn't fit with what I wanted to see and to be honest nothing about this book told me that it was going to be as odd as it was. This isn't the first time that I have been disappointed in a book not really delivering what it promises.
I enjoyed the view of the main character, John. He constantly questioned how he could save himself from being a serial killer, and he obviously doesn't really want to become one. This was an interesting idea, and it was fascinating to listen to John as he debated what he should and shouldn't be doing, but it also wasn't realistic and I wondered how much the author actually knew about serial killers.
Not all serial killers escalate, and not all serial killers kill to dominate or show their power. But I digress.
So while I thought the idea behind this book was promising, I don't think the inclusion of this particular serial killer was the best choice for this book, nor did I think the ending of the book was what I had been led to anticipate.