Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Childrens Books

ARC: Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Posted on 05/12/2014 in Book Review / 4 Comments

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ARC: Killer Instinct by S.E. GreenKiller Instinct by S.E. Green
Published by Simon & Schuster's Childrens Books on 5/6/2014
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 257
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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...

It’s been a few days since I finished this book, and I’ve been mulling over how I felt about it. A lot of it seemed “inspired” by Dexter, if he were a teenage girl who was just starting to explore what she might be. Unfortunately, some pieces were too closely inspired by Dexter, and weren’t nearly as well done.  I liked Lane well enough, but I never really bought that she could be a serial killer. I also felt like a lot of things happened too conveniently – bad guys who needed to be brought to justice seemed to just fall into her lap one after the other, and she had all the right connections to get exactly the info that she needed: parents in the FBI and a best friend who could hack into any computer. Lane’s relationships and social interactions are pretty awkward with everyone, especially with Zach, the boy she starts sort-of dating. I felt like the sexual situations were just thrown in to be edgy, although I realize that we were supposed to see that Lane wasn’t burdened with typical teenage-girl emotions. I also felt like there were several side plots that either didn’t make a whole lot of sense (a jealous ex-girlfriend who appears out of nowhere, out to get Lane) or were never fully played out. There is one great thing about Killer Instinct by S. E. Green – it has one twister of an ending that I did not see coming!  I am rarely surprised by endings, but this one really got me (and scored another half star in the process). And while I did have my share of complaints about the plot and probably rolled my eyes a few times at the way things fell into place, I did enjoy reading it and couldn’t help but wonder what happened afterward.