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2.99972169135213 out of 52.99972169135213 out of 52.99972169135213 out of 52.99972169135213 out of 52.99972169135213 out of 5 3.00 (8,372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Wells Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Cleaver Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400185795
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John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them. As he struggles to understand the demon and find a way to kill it, his own mind begins to unravel until he fears he may never regain control. Faced with the reality that he is, perhaps, more monstrous than the monster he is fighting, John must make a final stand against the horrors of both the demon and himself. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fans of...Dexter...will welcome Wells's gripping debut. Publishers Weekly
  • “This dazzling, un-put-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please.”

    F. Paul Wilson, author of Santa Jack

  • “The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first person narrative a human touch. Regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.”

    Brandon Sanderson, author of The Mistborn Trilogy 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Clancy | 2/14/2014

    " One of my favourite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakub Nowak | 2/7/2014

    " Pretty hard to rate this book. For the most part it did not grip me at all. The supernatural element seems redundant, the protagonist a bit 'fake' and there is too little background for the main ideas. Yet the ending is not that bad and the book ovarall was not that bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ranald Marshall | 2/6/2014

    " superb portrayal of sociopathic behavior and mindset well written and dark with supernatural overtones. Ending falls flat and doesnt really answer the questions the book poses. Excellent storyline but not fully explored and exploited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yv | 1/3/2014

    " I feel like this book is a testament to Wells' skill as a writer. It's not an easy task to cast your protagonist as a empathy-lacking sociopath and then expect your readers to relate to and empathize with said sociopath but Wells manages it brilliantly. These aren't really the kind of books I enjoy reading but I was really drawn into this story and had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. That said, I will probably not continue the series. One look into John Cleaver's brain is enough for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 12/26/2013

    " This was so not what I was expecting! It had been on my "to-read" list for ages and I'd really forgotten what it was supposed to be about and boy was I in for it. I'm torn between 3.5 and 4 stars so I'll go with 4 since I don't have the option for the half. The story moved along at a good pace, the characters were interesting and there were plenty of surprises along with a few predictable elements. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I'll look forward to more from Dan Wells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 12/25/2013

    " John Wayne Cleaver is a 15 year-old sociopath. But he has rules. He is trying to control himself and prevent himself from walking down the path of all the serial killers he is obsessed with. However, a serial killer has come to his town, and as John is drawn and repulsed in equal measure. That feels like an adequate plot summary, but it doesn't really share the meat of the book. It's all about getting to know John, and he is a fascinating guy. Wells does a great job of creating a foreign perspective with enough touchstones to normalcy that it is comprehensible. The narrative voice that results is just perfect. I tore through this book about as fast as I could, and I think most people would enjoy it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 12/19/2013

    " This is my favorite genre. So finding a book like this is a real gem in the rough. It appealed to me on so many levels, mentally, psychologically, and weirdly as well. I can hardly wait for the next installment to see how off the rails this thing will go. " the trolley to and from hell is up and running again" and what a ride it's gonna be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary | 12/18/2013

    " One of the creepiest books I've read in a long time. Intense, and suspenseful, it really freaked me out - not because of the bad guy - the protagonist's point of view was so disturbing, I was waiting for him to snap and start killing people himself. Even now, it sends little chills down my spine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tena | 12/15/2013

    " An utterly engrossing and quick read! It was really hard to put down. John Cleaver is a sad character, it's difficult to be in his head, but he is very sympathetic even if he is a sociopath. Fascinating and disturbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vaughn | 11/21/2013

    " Pretty silly young adult fiction. I read it based on the recommendation of a fellow college alum who recommended the author as another fellow alum. Not bad, but not anything to strongly recommend either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Showalter | 10/15/2013

    " An absolutely fantastic book that I can't recommend in good conscience to anyone. It pulls of a genre switch halfway through, is incredibly gripping. It's pretty disturbing too ... the main character is a kid who works in a morgue and has psychopathic tendencies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LP | 10/4/2013

    " Entertaining, but not vital (like an organ). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle☼ | 8/3/2013

    " This book was amazing. I never wanted to put it down. One of the best books I have ever read. I loved the suspense! I wanted to keep reading on and on! Awesome book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 6/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to pick up the next ones! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 3/27/2012

    " I'm almost done with this one, and I think I just read the most thrilling four pages I've ever read. I've never gotten shivers from the written word before...but these four pages were....brutally captivating. There was NO way to look away from the page! This is DEFINITELY A must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxine Marsh | 9/15/2011

    " Sometimes, peering into the bright blue heart of a dancing flame, I ask if it remembers me. "We've seen each other before. We know each other. Remember me when I'm gone." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesus Pacheco | 8/24/2011

    " This was a great book full of great detail. Seems like a lot of work was put into writing this book.\ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiya | 6/29/2011

    " Once I found out about the "serial killer" I was underwhelmed and didn't really want to finish it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 6/20/2011

    " I thought this one started off with great potential. The author clearly has done his research on sociopathic personalities. When the narrative switched from realistic to fantasy, however, he sort of lost me. Not a bad suspense novel but nothing all that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/17/2011

    " I thought this was a well written book that was hard to put down. That being said, it wasn't exactly my type of book.

    If you love Dexter, you will love this book. It's pretty much him as a teenager with a little bit of fantasy thrown in. It was just a bit dark for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 6/15/2011

    " I was immediately sucked into this book until it turned sci-fi/fantasy. Doh! I did an audible sigh when it happened because it really dropped it a notch in my mind. But overall, I thought it was a decent book. I'll probably pick up the next one in the series eventually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keira | 6/9/2011

    " Very creative. John is a very unique kid and I'm glad the story was so good.
    His skills are impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mokieblylk | 6/8/2011

    " I wanted to keep reading this book but just couldn't find the time so it took me a few days to finish, but i thought it was awsome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 6/4/2011

    " This was a very enthralling and simply written book. Very suspensful and creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/3/2011

    " Completely lost track of time reading this one. Interesting story, snappy writing, though a smidge gory. I daresay it's pretty darn spiffy! "

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About the Author
Author Dan Wells

Dan Wells is the author of the Partials Sequence, as well as the John Cleaver series: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You. He has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Campbell Award and has won two Parsec Awards for his podcast, Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child.

About the Narrator

John Allen Nelson’s critically acclaimed roles on television’s 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.