Cassie doesn’t feel like she fits in her large, Italian family. Her dad is gone most of the time, so she stays with her grandmother. She used to live with her mother, but that ended a few years ago when Cassie stumbled in on the gruesome scene of a struggle, lots of blood, but no body. Her mother posed as a psychic, working the room with Cassie, reading people and guessing their secrets. Cassie’s a natural at this, profiling people. She’s so good that a secret program with the FBI notices and recruits her to join their ranks.
Moving to DC, Cassie is rooming in a house with several kids just like her; kids with different abilities that allow them to see through cold cases and solve them. But then a murder hits a little too close to home; it is eerily similar to what happened to her mother. Is it a serial killer? And is he escalating?
So?: If you read Ms. Barnes’ previous book, Every Other Day, you know you already like her style. Very interesting and different plots, coupled with a good mystery. The Naturals does not disappoint; the idea of a junior FBI squad (very hush-hush, of course) is fantastic. Each teen has their own specialties that are intriguing, and the issues that come with rooming with a group of strangers fleshes out the story. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a hint of hormones as well, coming in the form of two very opposite male characters.
The Bottom Line: If you enjoy mysteries and don’t mind a little blood spatter talk, then go for it.
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was published November 5, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Mystery Thriller Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: A little gory and disturbing at times.