Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley.  It will be released on 11/4/14.

The first book in this series, The Naturals, has been on my TBR list for quite a while, but it got pushed to the top since I am a reader-selector for my state’s book awards.  I was not sure what I would think of it, but ended up really liking it and recently recommended it to a coworker who enjoys anything related to serial killers.  This book continues to follow Cassie, Dean, Michael, Lia, and Sloane as they are on a mission to find a serial killer who is replicating the murders committed by Dean’s father when he was young.  The story is focused mainly on Dean, but told from Cassie’s perspective. Is Dean’s father using someone (or more than one someone) to try to get Dean involved in his life again, or is this murderer just someone who has always wanted to be like Dean’s father? Though the crew of Naturals are supposed to only be involved in cold cases, it seems they just can’t stay away from active criminals and are necessary in solving the crimes.  I liked that this book was fairly fast-paced and had some humor as well as darkness. I can see a lot of more reluctant readers enjoying the content once I get it into their hands and convince them to read it.  I did not find it predictable at all either, as I was surprised at who was involved, just like in the first book.

My rating: 4/5