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* CounterpartComparison: Has been called "teenage ''{{Series/Dexter}}''" so much that Dan Wells himself acknowledged it. He also compared it to ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' in regards to the supernatural SerialKillerKiller conceit.


* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: John killing the demon.]] It's preceded by something just as(or possibly even more)awesome: April [[spoiler: positioning herself between John and a rampaging demon SerialKiller]]. Also qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming after their being at each others' throats for the whole book. April loves her son, no matter what.

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: John killing the demon.]] It's preceded by something just as(or possibly even more)awesome: April [[spoiler: positioning herself between John and a rampaging demon SerialKiller]]. Also qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} after their being at each others' throats for the whole book. April loves her son, no matter what.


* LoveItOrHateIt: Many critics are turned off by the sudden GenreShift.


* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: John killing the demon.]]
* LoveItOrHateIt: Many critics are turned off by the GenreShift.
* MoralEventHorizon: Cleaver [[spoiler:attempts to asphyxiate Crowley's wife and knocks her out with a blunt object, but it is not fatal.]] This trope is then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in conversation when he calls his therapist.
* {{Narm}}: John Wayne Cleaver is such a ''stupid'' name that it's kind of hard to get past that.

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* CounterpartComparison: Has been called "teenage ''{{Series/Dexter}}''" so much that Dan Wells himself acknowledged it. He also compared it to ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' in regards to the supernatural SerialKillerKiller conceit.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: John killing the demon.]]
]] It's preceded by something just as(or possibly even more)awesome: April [[spoiler: positioning herself between John and a rampaging demon SerialKiller]]. Also qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming after their being at each others' throats for the whole book. April loves her son, no matter what.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Many critics are turned off by the GenreShift.
sudden GenreShift.
* MoralEventHorizon: Cleaver [[spoiler:attempts to asphyxiate Crowley's wife and knocks her out with a blunt object, object. It isn't fatal, but he seems to want it is not fatal.to be.]] This trope is then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in conversation when he calls his therapist.
* {{Narm}}: John Wayne Cleaver is such a ''stupid'' name that it's kind of hard to get past that.Cleaver? Really, Dan? [[SarcasmMode You couldn't come up with anything obvious?]]



** The entire first chapter explains exactly how a body is embalmed in a mortuary. And it just gets worse the [[{{Gorn}} more you read]].

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** The entire first chapter explains exactly how a body is embalmed in a mortuary. And it has no relevance to the plot. It just gets worse the [[{{Gorn}} more you read]].serves as one long EstablishingCharacterMoment for [[NightmareFetishist John]].



** The worst part is, since this death was natural, is that it really has no purpose in the story. Rather than to be a very long detailed EstablishingCharacterMoment for John.
* TheWoobie: John, his mother, [[spoiler: the Demon]] a lot of them really.
** IronWoobie and JerkassWoobie: John.

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** * SpiritualSuccessor: TheFilmOfTheBook in particular to ''Film/DonnieDarko''. They're both relatively indie supernatural films dealing with a mentally ill protagonist struggling with right and wrong. Both are backed by tumultuous family situations and focus in particular on mother/son relationships. Like Donnie, John lashes out at his mother despite her best efforts, but ultimately reconciles with her. The worst part is, since this death was natural, is that it really dark tone balanced with emotion and [[BlackComedy humor]] has no purpose in the story. Rather than to be a very long detailed EstablishingCharacterMoment for John.
also drawn comparisons.
* TheWoobie: John, his mother, [[spoiler: [[DysfunctionJunction Almost everybody.]] [[BrokenBird April]], [[JerkassWoobie John]], and [[AntiVillain Crowley]] are the Demon]] a lot of them really.
** IronWoobie and JerkassWoobie: John.
most prominent.


* MoralEventHorizon: Cleaver [[spoiler:attempts to asphyxiate Crowley's wife and knocks her out with a blunt object, but it is not fatal.]] This trope is then [[LampshareHanging lampshaded]] in conversation when he calls his therapist.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Cleaver [[spoiler:attempts to asphyxiate Crowley's wife and knocks her out with a blunt object, but it is not fatal.]] This trope is then [[LampshareHanging [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in conversation when he calls his therapist.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Cleaver [[spoiler:attempts to asphyxiate Crowley's wife and knocks her out with a blunt object, but it is not fatal.]] This trope is then [[LampshareHanging lampshaded]] in conversation when he calls his therapist.


* TheWoobie: John, His Mother, [[spoiler: The Demon]] a lot of them really.

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* TheWoobie: John, His Mother, his mother, [[spoiler: The the Demon]] a lot of them really.


* TheWoobie: John, His Mother, [[spoiler: The Demon]] alot of them really.

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* TheWoobie: John, His Mother, [[spoiler: The Demon]] alot a lot of them really.


** The worst part is, since this death was natural, is that it really has no purpose in the story. Rather than to be a very long detailed CharacterEstablishingMoment for John.

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** The worst part is, since this death was natural, is that it really has no purpose in the story. Rather than to be a very long detailed CharacterEstablishingMoment EstablishingCharacterMoment for John.



* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or ''Series/TheXFiles.''
** Or a combination of Michael C. Hall's characters on ''Series/{{Six Feet Under}}'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.

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* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or ''Series/TheXFiles.''
** Or a combination of Michael C. Hall's characters on ''Series/{{Six Feet Under}}'' and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.
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** Or a combination of Michael C. Hall's characters on ''Series/{{Six Feet Under}}'' meets ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.

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** Or a combination of Michael C. Hall's characters on ''Series/{{Six Feet Under}}'' meets and ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.


* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or ''Series/TheXFiles.''

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* XMeetsY: ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or ''Series/TheXFiles.''''
**Or a combination of Michael C. Hall's characters on ''Series/{{Six Feet Under}}'' meets ''Series/{{Dexter}}''.


* XMeetsY: {{Dexter}} meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or TheXFiles.

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* XMeetsY: {{Dexter}} ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' meets ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and/or TheXFiles.''Series/TheXFiles.''

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* {{Narm}}: John Wayne Cleaver is such a ''stupid'' name that it's kind of hard to get past that.


** [[spoiler: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]: [[spoiler: The Demon.]]


* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to {{Dexter}} if you can believe it. Most of the comedy in Dexter is replaced by tragedy, {{Squick}}, PsychologicalHorror and ParanoiaFuel while what comedy remains is limited to [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and comedy so black no photons are capable of escaping.

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