Saturday, 17 May 2014

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green (Shannon Greenland)

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.
Killer  Instinct
Blurb (From Goodreads):
“A zippy, gripping psychological drama.” ~Kirkus Reviews

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...

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Killer  Instinct(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Lane has a thing for serial killers, and hopes to be one herself one day, so when the ‘Decapitator’ strikes in the place where she lives, her curiosity is piqued.
Who is the Decapitator? And is Lane really suited to a life of crime?

This was an interesting story, even if it wasn’t quite what I expected.

Lane was an interesting character, but she did come across as a bit weird. To be honest I personally would expect someone who wants to murder people to be weird though, so Lane felt like the right sort of character for the role. She was very methodical, liked details, and obviously had a real thirst for blood, but she did show herself to be human when it came to actually committing murder, when she suddenly wasn’t quite so sure of herself.

The storyline in this was pretty interesting, with both Lane’s after-school activities, as well as a serial killer on the loose. I did find that the story dragged a bit though, as I wanted to know what was going on a lot quicker than we actually found out.
There was some romance, although Lane’s strange methodical nature applied to losing her virginity was a bit cold and calculated!
The ending to this was quite interesting, and I didn’t guess who the killer was. I did find the identity of the killer quite surprising though, as the evidence that Lane had collected had been leading her in quite a different direction.
Overall; good YA mystery story, but it dragged a bit,
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. ooh, this is so my kind of book. So different.