Review of The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


I was kind of disappointed in this book.  After reading Little White Lies I was very excited to read more by Jennifer Lynn Barnes but this book was nowhere near as good unfortunately. I liked the plot and the beginning did intrigue me but I got a little bored about halfway through.

This book is about Cassie who works as a waitress and is still trying to come to terms with her mom’s murder 5 years prior that is still unsolved.  One night while working a boy her age comes in and when he leaves, leaves her a business card for a FBI agent and a note on the back requesting her to call the agent.  Intrigued, Cassie calls the agent and discovers that there are others with weird gifts just like her.  The only problem is the FBI wants Cassie to use her gifts to help catch serial killers.

Reading the synopsis for this book immediately drew my attention when I read it.  A 17 year old girl with a gift of reading people so well and being able to figure out things about their lives that a normal person couldn’t do and then using that gift to catch serial killers, who wouldn’t want to read a book about that?  I don’t know if it was just because it’s the first book in the series but to me there wasn’t a whole lot of profiling serial killers going on in this book.  It was more about teenage drama between a group of teens stuck living together and the girl trying to choose between two boys that she likes.  The characters were well written and funny and I enjoyed them but I feel like the book kind of strayed from what is was supposed to be about.

Like I said, the beginning did intrigue me but sadly for me the best part of the book was the ending.  The rest of the book sort of bored me and I more or less skimmed through until the suspense came in.  I don’t know if I’ll be reading the other books in the series.

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