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.
The problem with this review is the fact that everything I could say about it is pretty much the same I did on the previous book. The Natural were amazing and definitely, this one is too. The only thing I believe deserves to be notice is the fact that this book is all about Dean. I love Dean in The Naturals so I was soooo happy that this book was connected to his past and we are able to see more about his persona.
This time Cassie is trying to cope with what happened in the previous book, while she also has to figure out how she feel about Michael and Dean, and if she is willing to choose between them. Unfortunate, a copycat of Dean’s serial killer father started to pile corpses around and is up to the Naturals solve this crime before affect one of its member. The problem is that Dean doesn’t want them involve because he knows that his father is a mind twister who plays with everyone, but as everything become perverse and sick, these teenager have to use all their skills to find the killer before one of them become a target.
I once read a series with a similar modus operandi, called The Specialist, a group of skilled teenagers are recruited by the government to catch some killers and go to undercover operations and each book focus in one of the group. But when I liked that series, I believe that Killer Instincts is way better with a most well-constructed plot and more likable characters. Beside the mystery is one of a kind, perfect for lovers of a good YA crime book.
Saying so, I enjoy this book features something that effected Dean, because we were able to understand him more, of course, it’s not like I liked to read about his suffering but at the same time I think it was perfect to develop more his character. Speaking about the romance, I know I put a lot of meaning on my previous round out of this book, but it doesn’t actually outstand in it and is quite the contrary, all the other things have a bigger weight and that’s perfect because it doesn’t sugarcoat the story and annoy us with the cliché love-triangle. I like this book keeps you over the edge, guessing and questioning chapter after chapter but when you think you have everything figured out, all change and it’s nothing you would expect.
OVERALL, I think this book was the perfect sequel for an already perfect book. The romance, even where is a triangle doesn’t take protagonist in the story and allow other things to unfold. This series have become one of my favorite and I can’t wait for more.
About The Author
Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series.