Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.
After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team’s unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any security feed. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code-and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.
“Barnes knows how to keep the reader hooked, and fans will be eagerly reaching for this title and clamoring for the next in the series.”
“This is a definite purchase for libraries….”
–School Library Journal
“Intricately plotted, this novel will keep teens guessing and leave readers eagerly waiting the next installment in The Naturals series.”
- YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2014
- YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, 2014
* “[A] tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish.”
“This savvy thriller grabs readers right away.”
“It’s a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn’t disappoint.”
“In this high-adrenaline series opener…even a psychic won’t anticipate all the twists and turns.”
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.
But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father-a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.
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. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. 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.
Think The Mentalist meets Pretty Little Liars-Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Naturals is a gripping psychological thriller with killer appeal, a to-die-for romance, and the bones of a gritty and compelling new series.
Praise for The Naturals
“The Naturals is Criminal Minds for the YA world, and I loved every page.” –New York Times best-selling author Ally Carter
* “[A] tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish.” –VOYA (starred review)
“This savvy thriller grabs readers right away.” –Kirkus Reviews
“It’s a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn’t disappoint.” –Publishers Weekly
“In this high-adrenaline series opener…even a psychic won’t anticipate all the twists and turns.” –Booklist