Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
At the start, I felt like I was reading a James Patterson book, and that the Naturals - Cassie, Lia, Dean, and Michael - was like Patrick Jane of The Mentalist combined. And to be sure, I was amused because I was thinking why is this book like a teenage, female version of my beloved Patrick Jane? But after a couple of chapters, I started to lose The Mentalist imagery and was sucked into The Naturals' world.
The interspersed chapters simply entitled YOU was definitely chilling. It was crazy having an insight into a killer's mind like that, and knowing how he thinks and not being able to say look out!!! I love me a good mystery story, and I am so thrilled that I wasn't able to guess the killer at all. Being able to guess the criminal, after all, takes out the excitement and just makes me bored for the ending.
I wasn't able to relate much to Cassie but I did like reading about her. I mean, really, I wouldn't wanna be in her shoes at all. Except maybe for the really cute guys part. But I was amused with her penchant for profiling people, and Michael's response to that - as being put in a box. Don't we all do that? Look at people when you're out and about, looking if they're single or gay (for guys) or happy or successful. I was amused and, while I don't think that was part of the book's intention, it made me reflect about my attitude of putting people 'in a box.'
Aside from Cassie, the other characters were equally interesting. We've already decoded, Dean, and partly Michael, so my curiosity about them has abated - for now. Adding to the fray and bringing with them a sort of comic relief is Lia and Sloane. I have a huge feeling that Lia has a really nasty background and at some point, I'm going to feel pity for her - but she would hate me for feeling that way. Oops, there I go again, thinking the characters in the books are real.
The cover of the book didn't hold much meaning for me, until I read the book. After that, it makes oh-so-perfect sense and I feel that it's apt. Cool.
The Naturals had several heart-stopping scenes, from the electrifying kisses, the oh-my-god-Michael-no moments, to the confrontation. And I was glad to be on for the ride.
And with that, I leave you with this: What happened to Agent Briggs?