Published by Simon and Schuster, Simon Pulse on May 6, 2014
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.
Because she might be one herself.
Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals and delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder, but with each visceral rush, the line of self-control blurs. And when a young preschool teacher goes missing—and returns in pieces—Lane gets a little too excited about tracking down “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer who has come to her hometown.
As she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her own past, Lane realizes she is no longer invisible or safe. Especially after the Decapitator contacts her directly. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim…
Killer Instinct is the first book in the young adult series by the same name. And right off the bat, I have to say that I love the new covers for the series so, so much. I think they are much cooler looking than the old covers, and I think they fit with the story. Killer Instinct is about a girl that is fascinated with serial killers. And not only is she fascinated with them and with the way their mind works, she thinks that she may fit the profile as one. Lane, the main character, kind of reminded me of the show Dexter. And like Dexter, she has a conscience. She doesn’t want to just go around killing people just for the heck of it. She wants to be a vigilante serial killer of sorts. Killing or torturing only criminals who she thinks deserve it. She is seeking revenge for their victims.
Which I thought was a cool concept in YA because it was different than so many books out there. But then there is a whole other level to the story. Soon a mystery unfolds and Lane finds herself right in the middle of it. I totally loved the whirlwind and crazy journey that Killer Instinct took me on. A serial killer has been on the loose for year, called the Decapitator. He kills victims always in the month of September, and this September he comes to Lane’s hometown and starts sending messages directly to her. On her hunt to find out who the Decapitator really is and what he wants with Lane, Lane finds herself learning more about the secrets of her past.
S.E. Green had me totally enthralled in the story. The writing was was great and made it so easy to become lost in the story. I loved Lane, even though she is a little creepy. (shh, don’t tell her I said that.) I loved how much she loves animals and her younger brother. She has feelings, even when she thinks she doesn’t, and her blooming something with Zach. Even though some parts of the plot seemed a bit too easy and convenient, I loved Killer Instinct and I totally did not see the ending coming. I thought it was crazy! I am really glad that I have the second book, Killer Within, because I need to start reading it ASAP. Fans of the tv show Dexter, and fans of YA looking for something dark, twisted, so wonderfully unique, and more than a little messed up, should check out the Killer Instinct series. The second book was released last month, so do what I am doing and read them back to back!
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