By S.E. Green
Synopsis of Killer Instinct:
A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this riveting debut.
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…
My review of Killer Instinct:
Wow. Color me impressed. I loved S.E. Green’s Killer Instinct. Granted, it is a young adult novel, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Now, Killer Instinct isn’t exactly lighthearted fare. But it’s not grim, either. It’s basically what it claims to be, which is a teen thriller.
Would I let my 17-year-old read it? Yes. Would I let a 13-year-old read it? Probably not. Killer Instinct does have some violence (not a ton, and not terribly graphic) and it does have some sexual content (again, not a ton, and not terribly graphic), which makes me feel like it’s for older teens. And adults. I’m not embarrassed to say that I read it and I enjoyed it, and didn’t feel like I was reading a book that was “too young” for me. That being said, I don’t think it’s “too old” for my teenager, either.
If you’re wondering, yes, this novel has similarities to Dexter. But it’s not Dexter. At first I thought, “Wait, is this just a new take on Dexter?” Several pages in, however, I had shed that notion. Killer Instinct stands solidly on its own.
The storyline was compelling and intriguing. It had some great twists and turns, a red herring or two, and an ending that was neither predictable nor disappointing.
I read this book in an afternoon. Next up: The Killer Within, Green’s sequel to Killer Instinct. Can’t wait.
About the author:
S. E. Green, or Shannon Greenland, is the award-winning author of the thriller Killer Instinct, the spy series The Specialists, and the romance The Summer My Life Began. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.
You can purchase Killer Instinct on Amazon.