Friday, June 13, 2014
Killer Instinct by S.E. Green + Make it a Gift
Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
Review by Lauren
Source: copy for review, but all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school 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 and delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder, but with each visceral rush, the line of self-control blurs. And when a young preschool teacher goes missing—and returns in pieces—Lane gets a little too excited about tracking down “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer who has come to her hometown.
As she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her own past, Lane realizes she is no longer invisible or safe. Especially after the Decapitator contacts her directly. 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…
Review: Happy Friday the 13th! I thought I would share my thoughts for Killer Instinct in honor of today. Basically, I really liked this book. It was a quick read and it had me wondering until the end.
The summary might say Lane is a typical teenager, but she's definitely not. She's not very in tune with her emotions. Yes, there are people she cares about and moments where she is mad or upset, but for the most part, she isn't bothered by the social interactions other teens go through from friends to dating. In that regard, she made me think of Dr. Brennan from the TV show Bones.
Lane is fully aware of the way she views the world around her, though, so she tries to start acting more like a "normal" teenager. She even agrees to go on a date with a boy.
The biggest difference between Lane and well...most people...is her understanding of serial killers. It's not just that she's curious, as I find serial killers to be fascinating in some regards, but that she has similar urges. She's not a bad person, but she has the "need" to hurt people and release pent up aggression. She decides to target bad people who get away with hurting others in order to make herself feel better about her urges, though she never does anything to kill them. It's a warning. A violent, often bloody warning.
I thought the overall story of the Decapitator was interesting. Since Lane finds serial killers so fascinating she keeps the contact between them a secret. This is obviously a dumb move, but on some level, I could see into Lane's logic. I didn't agree, but I think Green did a good job explaining the way Lane works to make you understand why she keeps things a secret and tries to investigate on her own, even though both her mom and step-dad work for the FBI.
I'm sure there are moments in the book that will have readers yelling at Lane, but I was able to keep going. I wanted to know what would happen to her and the Decapitator, as well as who the serial killer truly was in the first place! I have to admit the end was a bit strange. It was surprising, but it was also a little weird...I wouldn't say it was completely off the wall though. I liked the book overall and I would recommend it to those that like a darker read. Just be warned that this is a book for older teens because of sexual and violent references.
Make it a Gift
If you want to buy a copy of this book for someone and wish to truly "make it a gift", you should consider adding the first season of Criminal Minds. Lane's mom is head of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) within the FBI in the book and Criminal Minds is about those in the BAU, who profile killers and try to catch them.
You can get the first season on Amazon right now for $17.99!!