by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
What fun! A serial killer is on the loose and will only be caught if the teenagers currently being trained in a new, controversial FBI program get involved. They are naturals, at profiling, at numbers, and at lying.
Cassie is pulled into the program because she is a natural profiler. She gets to know her other “classmates” and tries to figure them out. If you like procedurals and young adult with a little teen angst, this book is great. You get a bit of the killer’s thoughts interspersed between chapters from Cassie’s first person point of view. The tension ratchets as things come together, turns are twisty and everyone is hiding something…
This is a fast read and Barnes only gives you enough to see where things are and understand the action, basically no big information dumps and she tempers her details to “just the facts”. Well not completely, but you get the idea. It makes it a little bit like the way Joss Wheden filmed Cabin in the Woods, so close to the actors you can’t see the scary thing coming up behind then (though you know it is there). Tense! 🙂
So I really enjoyed this book, I am hoping it is the beginning of a series and look forward to another one. Cassie still has some things to figure out and I am curious where they might go. 4 stars covered in Do Not Cross police tape.