Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 tape. 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.
Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there’s been a break in her mother’s case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.
When I first read this series last year, I fell in love with the characters. I found them intriguing, just as much as this one. When I heard that there was going to be a third book in the series, I nearly fell off my chair! This is an amazing series that mixes Criminal Minds and CSI together. The writing is well done and the characters develop beautifully.
This might be my favorite from this series. Jennifer Lynn Barnes just upped the ante on this entire story. We saw so many layers and dimensions for every single character. We also get so many ANSWERS (but also more questions) that we’ve been waiting for since the first book.
The mystery is excellent as well, of course. Very chilling, and the stakes skyrocket past the benchmarks reached by the previous books. Seriously. Wow. So many shocks and surprises and moments that weren’t surprising so much as painful. I did guess the identity of the killer (and one other HUGE thing), but that is in no way the fault of the author. If I may be so arrogant, I think my guessing skills have improved.
Barnes is very good at using twists without making them feel like genre trappings. Her writing is slick! The worse part of the whole book was the cliffhanger at the end that left me cursing the year it may take to get a hold of The Naturals #4.
I neeeeeed to get my hands on the fourth one when it gets published! I love this series almost as much as I love the Hunger Games series, which is saying a lot. I highly recommend this series to everyone since it is not just the typical romance and stuff, but with a twist of criminal abilities, it is perfect. I may end up rereading the first two books because that is how much I love this series.
-Read On Darlings!