Genres: Adolescence, Law & Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
Series: The Naturals #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion, Listening Library on 2013-11-05
Source: Borrowed from Library, Netgalley
Amazon, Barnes & Noble , The Book Depository
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it's not a skill that she's ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn't realize is that there's more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she's sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive. Think The Mentalist meets Pretty Little Liars—Jennifer Lynn-Barnes' The Naturals is a gripping psychological thriller with killer appeal, a to-die-for romance, and the bones of a gritty and compelling new series.
This summer I’ve been spending the majority of the weekdays watching crime TV shows with my grandfather. This includes, but is not limited to: Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, NCIS, & CSI. You could say I’m a fan.
When I started The Naturals, I expected a fluffy, predictable drama. I expected something that would’ve been “good”, but not entirely memorable.
This book blew me away!
Cassie is extremely perceptive. She can tell you what your favorite sport is and what you do on your free time just by looking at you. Her psychic mother taught her well. Now, at 16 years old, the FBI has recruited her to participate in a top-secret program called The Naturals, where they recruit teens with extraordinary skills. Cassie is chosen to be a profiler, and with this she hopes to finally clear up her mother’s disappearance –which has been a FBI cold case for a long time. However, there’s a serial killer on the loose, and is getting closer and closer to home. Can Cassie figure out who it is before it’s too late?
I want to hug this book. What had started just as a quick read while working, turned into something more.
I loved reading about Cassie’s “talent”. One of my favorite tv shows is Sherlock, and I loved seeing her using her powers of deduction. It was so interesting! The explanation wasn’t even necessarily paranormal, but scientific. It was so great seeing the whole team and all their powers.
The mystery, which is actually a huge part of the book was definitely not easy to uncover.
Even when the answer is basically staring at you in the face, you won’t be able to guess it (in my case).
I loved how every single person in the book was an evolved character. All the kids in the Naturals program were three-dimensional, and their personalities where easy to distinguish. They really added to the story.
The audiobook narrator is amazing. She took this story and magnified it. The narrator knew how to give an individual voice to each character, and she really conveyed each emotion perfectly. There was even a certain part in the book where she gave me chills. I could feel myself terrified for the characters, and I could feel the malice and “evil” that she gave to the mysterious serial killer. Her narration was really memorable.
The only thing that dropped a star from my rating was the fact that there was a love triangle here. I don’t mind them if they don’t get in the way, but here it felt like chunks of the book were especially dedicated to that. The book is good enough as it is! It didn’t need a love triangle. The mystery by itself had me hooked and listening intently (to the point that I ignored my work for a couple of hours…) to everything.
Overall this is an amazing book that murder-mystery fans will be sure to enjoy.
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