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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by Caitie F on February 18, 2014

Title: The Naturals 13597723
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: Nov 5. 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive


This book is about teenagers who can use and grow their natural abilities to help solve cold cases. It is a thriller about a serial killer who has gotten on the inside and is going after one of them.

Do you really need to know anything else?  Because that is pretty awesome.

Okay, here is a little more: the characters are complex and well-rounded, even that start out as a little comic relief. They are smart, but they are no where near perfect. Their mistakes cause real problems and they were all thrust into tough lives early. Learning their backstories add so much to the characters and the way it is done feels so natural.

There is a little from the serial killer each chapter and it is chilling. It is one of those books that is hard to put down because of those sections.

This is exactly what a young adult mystery/thriller should be. If you are a fan of the genre at any age, pick this one up!

One Response to “The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes”

  1. […] The Naturals is exactly what I have been looking for in YA, so obviously I need to read more! […]

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