I received this book for free from the publisher via BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Naturals #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on November 4, 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.
But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.
What I Thought…
• Similar to the first book, The Naturals, Killer Instinct runs through like a episode of Criminal Minds. I really enjoyed the mystery and all it’s twists and turns. This particular case reminded me a bit of an old NCIS episode, which is one of my favorites, so I loved the twists.
• Even though Cassie is the narrator, Killer Instinct focuses a lot on Dean. The case intertwines with Dean’s father, who is a serial killer. We learn so much more about Dean in this book, and I wish he had been the narrator, I would have loved to have been up in his head instead.
• The fact that Killer Instinct focuses on Dean I wonder if the other books in the series will focus on the other Naturals as well.
• I love the Naturals group as a whole. They are all so different, but not at the same time and I think that even though they don’t always get along they are a great group and work well together to find the killer. High school kids catching serial killers is fairly unbelievable, but if you can suspend belief than you will enjoy the mystery in Killer Instinct.
• I don’t particularly care for the love triangle, even though it’s more of a legit triangle than say, Twilight. Cassie does make a choice at the end of the book, and I’m ok with it, but I wish she hadn’t made a choice. I feel like the group would work better if there were no romantic entanglements, but that’s just how I feel.
Overall Killer Instinct is a quite the thriller and fans of Criminal Minds will enjoy this!