Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct

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"Cassie Hobbes and the other members of the Naturals program of the FBI work to solve a string of serial murders carried out by a copycat killer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423168324
Branch Call Number: YA MF BARNES
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm


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A copycat serial killer is on the loose, and the Naturals must take the case!

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Jan 18, 2019

I always have low expectations for the second book in a series, because it's hard to follow the tension of a first book (with the establishment of characters, dynamics, overarching plot, and world building). But in this case, that was unfounded. Barnes has created a story just as intense, possibly even more so, with Killer Instinct.

Cassie is still processing what went down in the first book (no spoilers, I promise). Actually, all of The Naturals are- it starts some time after the events of the first book, but the dynamic is basically where we left it: Cassie is still emotionally involved in every case despite herself, Michael is trying to be a better guy with marginal success, Dean is withdrawn but showing signs of trust, Lia is still snarky (played by Summer Bishel in my head, even though I know she's an Asian-American character), and then there's socially weird Sloane. They're bonding more as a team, finally. They're tied together by tragedy.

But then the dynamics shift- a new FBI agent enters, the Director makes a power play, and a new serial killer appears. I truly don't want to give anything away, because although I guessed one aspect of the mystery (thanks to the author's clues), the whodunit actually did surprise me. But suffice to say, the subtle group dynamic and character development was even better in this book than the first book. Knife-edge tension, guys. And, of course, the characters make a few bad judgement calls and chaos ensues.

I was really happy with the mystery, the pacing, the character development, and even the love triangle- which is one of the best executions of a love triangle I've seen in YA. I recommend it, but read the first book next. And, like me, you'll want to have the third book queued up to dive into.

Nov 04, 2017

When The Naturals, a group of teenagers with unusual capabilities, are yet faced with another case, it’s up to Cassie to help, even though she’s not allowed to work on active cases. Yet there’s still a piece missing in the puzzle when the FBI realizes the potential murderer is locked up. Bodies start piling up as both the FBI and The Naturals don’t have a clue about the person behind all this, but one thing is for sure; his style is the same as Daniel Redding’s. Dean Redding was forced to watch all the women his psychopath father had killed, so tackling this case isn’t something he’s up for. But Cassie Hobbes is, and the FBI’s rules can’t stop her. Working on this case, both Dean and Cassie are equally terrified at how close this case hits home. It’s not everyday your life is put on a line… 9/10 stars.
- @Bibliomaniac of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 19, 2017

I loved this book so much! It is just as good as the first one. It pulls you in and you can't put it down. If you love criminal minds and the csi world this is so for you

sarahbru17 Jul 06, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
At times, the plot felt like it was going a little slowly; it wasn’t quite as adrenaline-pumping or suspenseful as the first one. I really liked the twist at the end, and ended up satisfied and eager for the sequel.

Mar 30, 2015

This is one of my favorite books now, including The Naturals. It has many twists and turns and is greatly written.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Dec 16, 2014

Another serial killer case for the gifted teens in the Naturals program (top-secret, govt funded, etc.). Main character Cassie is recovering from previous case but is sucked into another dangerous situation that involved copycat murders linked to Dean's dad - a jailed psychopath killer. Just the right amount of action; a fun read.


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Jun 18, 2016

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Apr 29, 2018

Cassie Hobbes is part of a secret division of the FBI that uses gifted teens to solve cold cases. The Naturals, the name given to the group of teenagers working for the FBI, are criminal profilers. There are five kids on the team and their talents range from reading minds to being able to tell if someone is lying. The team will go through files of old cases and see if they can spot anything that the authorities may have missed. The teens are thrust into a current case when a murder occurs on a nearby college campus. They visit the college to conduct interviews and try to collect information about the murder despite warnings against their interference from the FBI.


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