Thursday, October 10, 2013
Review: The Naturals
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cassie has a knack for reading people. She usually uses this skill while waitressing to determine what a customer really wants, but when the FBI come by and tell her she is a Natural and they would like to train her to assist with cracking cold cases, Cassie is all too willing to join the team. See, her mother disappeared from her dressing room and is presumed dead because of the blood all over the place. The gifted teens that Cassie now shares a house with are unusual in their own right. Michael can read emotions, Dean can profile people, and both boys are attracted to her. Just as Cassie begins to settle into these new situations, a killer strikes close to them and it seems as if it might be related to her mother’s disappearance.
The Naturals takes murder mysteries off on a new angle with gifted teens assisting hard working adults. The story progresses wonderfully as Cassie discovers how to hone her skills and work closely with other teens. Barnes includes enough clues throughout the book to draw the reader into the underlying story, but is still able to pull off a twist or two to jog the reader’s senses. Although it appears to be a standalone book, I definitely would continue to read about Cassie and this team of exceptional teens should a series be created.
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