Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

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Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

Green starts her debut YA novel off with a bang, telling readers the book’s narrator not only studies serial killers, but may be one herself.  “Interesting thing is, I am those profiles.  I have urges.  I plot ways to violently make people pay for what they’ve done to others.”  Sounds a little like the HBO tv show Dexter, right?  When the “Decapitator” starts stalking victims in Lane’s own hometown, her FBI mother is right on the case, with Lane secretly reading the files in her mom’s home office at night.  She even installs a nanny-cam to get in on the phone conversations!  When the killer starts contacting Lane personally, she takes it as a challenge to find the killer herself, even if it means becoming the next victim!S.E. Green

This was a fun book–fast-paced, lots of clues about the identity of the killer, and good insight into the protagonist Lane through the use of the first person narration.  I personally found Lane’s voice a little annoying, but was able to let that go when the story began to get exciting.  I would recommend this title to mystery fans, readers who like Dexter and true crime stories, and fans of Jazz Dent books by Barry Lyga.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


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written by Paula Hawkins is a psychological thriller that takes us throughout the life of Rachel Watson post divorce. Rachel was a drunk and was always described as having an overactive imagination. She finds herself to have a fascination with this young, active couple. Megan, the woman in the relationship was perfect in Rachel’s eyes. Young, attractive, happy. She watched them idly from the train she rode every morning, and she watched as their bond grew and flourished. She envied their new found love until one day, she catches Megan kissing another man. Rage consumed her, she didn’t understand how she could allow her perfect relationship to slip through her fingers. She drowned her rage in alcohol and the next morning she finds herself bruised, and bloodied with no recollection of what happened the night before. She turned on the news and noticed that the headline of the day was that Megan was missing. Rachel finds her world flipped upside down. She is questioned by police, and all fingers point to her being the one who did it. She is fed memories of her actions from her ex-husband Tom but none of it adds up. Did Rachel have something to do with Megan’s disappearance? Or is there a secondary source contributing to this thriller?

Review by Sydney