Monday, February 2, 2015

Killer Instincts by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2)

Published: November 14, 2014
Publisher: Disney, Hyperion
Pages: 386
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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.

Curlypow's thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series, 'Naturals', and am glad to say that 'Killer Instinct' did not disappoint.  Ms Barnes has managed to pen another satisfying thriller with a fascinating cast of characters.

One of the best things about this one was re-acquainting myself with Cassie and the gang and watching those characters develop into generally likable people.  These kids have all had problems growing up and are managing to get past their issues and genuinely meld as a family.  They all do certain things that made me throw up my hands, but at the same time are furiously defensive of each other to varying degrees and generally think before they act.

The story starts with a bang, has some major twists and turns and  ends with an even bigger bang, and I for one was not able to anticipate most of the events.  For those of you that enjoyed Barry Lyga's 'I Hunt Killers' trilogy, this series would be perfect for you

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