ARC Review: Killer Within by S.E. Green

Posted on 06/10/2015 in Book Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Killer Within by S.E. GreenKiller Within by S.E. Green
Series: Killer Instinct #2
Published by Simon Pulse on May 19, 2015
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

In the heart-pounding sequel, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.\r\n\r\nIt’s been three months since the sadistic Decapitator’s demise, and Lane feels both closer to and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories, she resumes the role of Masked Savior vigilante—but her heart just isn’t in it. For Lane now knows the rush of deeper thrills. Darker thrills. And a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power.\r\n\r\nTo Lane’s chagrin, the Masked Savior inspires its own fan site, where groupies gather online to praise, document, and debate each delivered act of justice. But then one of Lane’s secret admirers becomes a cunning copycat, assaulting the defenseless with escalating violence. And Lane suspects someone is spying on her, edging closer to making contact-someone who knows her secrets.\r\n\r\nWill Lane be able to stop the copycat and keep her identity protected? Or will she give in to the thrills that tempt her? Because as her life continues to unravel, the revelations shake Lane to her core.

This is the second book in the Killer Instinct series, and I think I liked it even more than the first. Sure, the first had one great twister of an ending, but this one kept me on my toes the whole time. I “just one more chapter”-ed my way to finishing it in under 24 hours. The ending of this one didn’t pack nearly the same punch (how could it?!), but it gave us more insight into Lane and her past, and set the roadwork for the next book.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThere isn’t a lot that I can say without spoiling the big twist from the first book, but Lane is dealing with the fallout from that and is way off of her game. She is dealing with a copycat vigilante who brings what she has been doing into the public eye, balancing a couple of new friends, and trying to keep her secrets from her family. She also starts to develop feelings, which makes her seem more human instead of just a caricature of a potential killer. I didn’t find myself comparing her to Dexter this time around; she felt more like a teenager who had been dealt an unfair hand was trying to cope with it and still hold herself together.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe ending felt a little rushed – the final showdown happened quickly, and I felt some things happened a little too conveniently. However, I felt like Lane did grow as a person, and became a more interesting character this time around. I found myself rooting for her and genuinely liking her more. I’m curious to see what will happen in the next installment. I have my suspicions, and if I’m right, it’s gonna be good! This was a very quick read, and if you’re a fan of YA and thrillers (and you aren’t squeamish), I would definitely recommend this series.

three-half-stars
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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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