Saturday, October 25

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct
(The Naturals #2)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-1423168324
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date of publication: November 4, 2014
Age: Grades 8 and up
Genre: Mystery

Themes: serial killers, criminal profiling, FBI, psychology, copycat killer, torture

Cassie and the rest of the Naturals—teens with innate criminal-profiling abilities working for the FBI—should just be working on cold cases. But there's a new case: the FBI is facing a brutal murderer mimicking the work of Dean's incarcerated father, Daniel Redding. Even though Dean wants nothing to do with the man, there seems no other way to solve the case than to interrogate the former serial killer. The team must work past Redding's mind games and enigmatic Q&As to discover the identity of his "student"—before he strikes again.

Riveting, suspenseful, unpredictable. It's all there. Some may complain that the whole basis of the story (teens working for the FBI) is unbelievable. But honestly, that doesn't matter. What matters is the amazing ability Barnes has to tell a story about a psychotic serial killers. She can put you in their heads—give their perspective—with expert ability (she does have a PhD in Psychology). And it's totally terrifying. Even if it is teens doing the profiling in this story, the process of solving the case is in no way toned down. This book will keep you on your toes until the very end. Highly recommended.

And just so you know: even though it is about teens and written for teens, it is still a very brutal serial killer who kills in rather graphic ways. So no sex or language, but you want to keep that in mind.

Read my review for Book 1.

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(Digital ARC provided through NetGalley)

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