Lucky Day by Barry Lyga
Welcome to Saturday Shorts, where we feature short stories and novellas. Soooo, for those of you who have read I Hunt Killers and took in how dark and emotionally gripping it was, did you think the novella would be this chilling?
Publisher’s Description: This is the story of the small town sheriff who captured one of the world’s most ruthless and cunning murderers. A prequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller, I Hunt Killers.
It all started with Dead Girl #1 and Dead Girl #2, the first killings in the sleepy town of Lobo’s Nod in decades. Two murders: just a coincidence, or something more sinister? One thing’s for sure–it was definitely inconvenient in a year when Sheriff G. William Tanner, a mourning widower, had to run for reelection.
With a trail gone cold, it’s only luck that links the murders to the most notorious serial killer in memory. And in a town like Lobo’s Nod, the killer must be someone Tanner already knows….
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
Lucky Day is told from in G. Williams’s point of view and is a prequel, set before the events of I Hunt Killers. Way before in fact, to four years in Lobo’s Nod when Billy Dent just seemed like your average guy, not imprisoned for being the serial killer.
Haunted by his wife Joyce’s death, G. William is emotionally dragged down as the upcoming election nears and the murders of two girls lands at his feet. His feelings about each situation shift quite often and make him seem like the crazy cop lost to his own grief.
Hanson, Doug Weathers, and of course, Billy Dent are introduced in this story. Doug Weathers is pretty much the same asshole he is in I Hunt Killers, even years later, only interested in making it big no matter how much he slanders the story. Billy Dent comes off as G. Williams’s friend, especially when they’re in the bar drinking together. Naturally (and eventually), the sheriff gets a few clues thrown at him and the suspect – the murderer – comes clear.
I enjoy this series and I liked it from G. Williams’s point of view as you venture with him in his darkest moments.
What was kind of rough for me was the ending. You’re telling me that the sheriff went without backup to his prime suspect’s house – knowing what this guy was capable of – and managed to take him down that easily? Seemed a bit odd to me. Not bad, just odd. I was waiting for something to screw up. For Billy to escape somehow while G. William was dealing with Jasper. It just seemed too easy, despite the small fight scene. And then it just ended right after that, very abruptly. No post-interrogation, no aftermath of what happened with Jazz (though technically we know, yeah, but I would have liked to know more), and such. Like I said, it wasn’t a bad ending, I was just kind of disappointed.
Overall, still a great novella for a rainy day. This is a wonderfully engaging series and I love getting some of the backstory behind everything.
The Jasper Dent series is the focus of the current read-along.
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