{ARC} Review: Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

November 3, 2014 Book 2 ★★★★

{ARC} Review: Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn BarnesKiller Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genres: Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Series: The Naturals #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2014-11-04
Source: Netgalley
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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. Praise for The Naturals

We’re once again introduced to the world of Cassie Hobbes as she continues to grow and live with her extraordinary abilities that landed her in the Naturals program of the FBI.

What I loved about The Naturals, this book’s predecessor, was the mystery aspect. I loved that it was so unpredictable and so tricky! This book was just as thrilling! It was very difficult trying to decipher who the real killer was! There were tons of red herrings and whenever you thought you had it figured out, there was a new clue that literally turned your whole idea around. I loved getting into the murderer’s head, because Jennifer Lynn Barnes does a wonderful execution of said character. She was vague and specific at the same time. She gave us some clues only to dismantle them later on. This also added to the mysterious aspect.

The characters here were much more fleshed out than in the first book, and we finally got to see some backstory to all of the secondary characters.

Cassie was a bit annoying here, since she was too impulsive at times, which lead to bad decisions. But other than that I could really relate to her and I enjoyed her voice.

My only issue with this book was the love triangle! It was the complaint I had in the first book and it’s the same one I have here. Except in this book the love triangle was much bigger. Cassie’s decisions seem to revolve around how can she spare each guy’s feelings. She never knew what to feel around either Michael or Dean because she was preoccupied in not hurting their feelings. I thought the love triangle would be pushed to the side once the mystery kicked in, but it was given the same importance as the actual mystery. It was a bit disappointing.

However, I still enjoyed the majority of the book and the ending was very well done. I loved the reasoning behind the serial killer’s decisions once they were revealed and all the little plot twists were wonderful.

Overall, this was another well-executed story. The murder/mystery was by far the best part and the most interesting one. This is a book that’ll keep you on your toes.

Is there going to be a sequel? Short story? Companion novel? I just had some questions that I think should be answered! D:

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  • It is so unfortunate that she felt the need to insert the dreaded love triangle. It would’ve been an almost perfect follow up to the series.

    • Yes, I was bothered by the huge sections of the book where the love triangle was included. But the mystery was so amazing that it didn’t completely ruin the book for me 🙂