Rating within series: TBD
Individual rating: 4.7/5
Series rating: TBD
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. 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.
Wow. Wow. WOW. I haven’t read a book I’ve enjoyed this much in quite some time. Cassie, our main squeeze, has a gift that I’ve always found fascinating: profiling! She has a knack for getting inside people’s heads and understanding things that other people wouldn’t normally grasp. When she is recruited by the FBI, she is taken to a house with four other “Naturals” that help her get acclimated. Lia, the deception expert, is the sarcastic and strong willed one of the group. Sloane is the numerically gifted analyzation expert and Cassie’s new roommate. Michael is the empath who can read emotions, and both Dean and Cassie are profilers.
I can honestly say that as I was reading, and I started seeing the interactions between Dean, Cassie and Michael, I groaned out loud. Nothing is worse to me than a love triangle. Honestly, I hate them because I can never choose who I want them to be with more. However, this love triangle isn’t bad. Dean is the rugged bad boy type who doesn’t believe he’s good enough, while Michael is the type that knows he’s good enough, but has a sweet side. I love both of them. I also liked how this book wasn’t heavily reliant on the romance side of things and it was just another subplot, leaving the main plot as Cassie’s search for her mother’s killer.
Anyways, onto the plot. The plot is fabulous. It is executed well, and it is a rollercoaster ride the entire time. I was thoroughly entertained and taken through a myriad of emotions from start to finish. I thought the mystery was good, and I would never have guessed who the killer was. I was shocked at the end because of the fake up it gives in regards to the killer, and literally on the edge of my seat. Everything was well explained and there were no loose ends that I could think of except for one that will hopefully be answered in the following books. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that they were so young and being recruited by the FBI, but weren’t actually allowed to do anything useful until Cassie was directly involved. I do understand it, but it seemed a little silly to me, especially with how skilled and gifted they are at figuring out murders.
I’d recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good teenage murder mystery with a side of romance. It intrigued me the entire way, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series goes. I love all the characters and their diverse personalities, and I can’t wait to see more of them.
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, YA Romance
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes