Author: S.E. Green
Genre: YA Thriller
Summary: She’s not evil, but she has certain… urges.
Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool 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—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return… in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. 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…
Review: WOW! I couldn’t put this book down. Amazingly written and filled with nonstop action. S.E. Green knows tension. The entire book is full of rising tension, action packed scenes, and a well crafted plot. I have to admit, I was trying to figure out the mystery the entire time. The ending was wonderfully drawn out and had a great twist!
Most thriller’s are action-based, and Killer Instinct is no exception. Lane aka Slim aka the Masked Savior is constantly getting her hands dirty. But Green brings in two more layers. One is Lane’s stream of consciousness. Readers learn about her “urges” as she feels them and as she figures out her own view on them. She is extremely analytical about the whole thing, and very self-controlled.
The second layer Green brings to this YA thriller is more of a subplot. Though Lane doesn’t have the same emotions as a normal teenage girl, she still has the capacity to feel for others. Readers will see that she is not merely acting on her urges, but acting on her sense of justice. She defends those who can’t defend themselves. She feels more for the innocents or the weak than she does for herself. This caring quality is what gets her stuck in a twisted game of lies, blood, and murder. She must decide whether to accept her inherent urges or to take charge of them.
Recommendation: Get your hands on this ASAP