How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Disney Hyperion
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.
I was really looking forward to The Naturals, I’d heard a lot of good things about it. For me, I found it a bit hit or a miss. I really enjoyed parts of it, but in other parts I found my interest waned slightly. That said, I do think The Naturals is a decent read. It just didn’t match my expectations as much as I’d hoped it would.
The Naturals begins with introducing our protagonist Cassie. Cassie has always been good at reading people. She meets an FBI team who begin to train her as a profiler. I thought this sounded really exciting, but personally I would’ve liked to have learned more background about The Naturals program. Many of the characters have special abilities, but it’s never quite clear whether their skills are innate, or whether it’s something that’s developed and nurtured if they possess a certain quality.
I thought most of the characters were very well written. I liked Cassie as a protagonist, although I don’t think there’s anything that really made her stand out.
For me, the most exciting part of The Naturals was the serial killer storyline. It was so well written and incredibly interesting. I particularly enjoyed that the characters were in training, so they had to explain why they had drawn the conclusions they had. This was good, because it meant plenty of information was given. This part of the book is definitely the strongest element. It was researched well, intriguingly written and well thought out.
I think The Naturals is certainly a good book to read. It’s just not as amazing as I had anticipated. I would definitely read more from Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Would I recommend it?:
Eating My Feelings- Mark Rosenburg