Title: Bad Blood
Series: The Naturals, #4
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
Length: 384 pages
Source: Borrowed from my local library
When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI’s Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother’s murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.
The bodies begin piling up, the deaths hit closer and closer to home, and it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren’t just hunting serial killers.
They’re being hunted themselves.
If I had to pick one word for Bad Blood, it’d be thrilling. I picked it up, and finished it the next day (who needs sleep?!) and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. As a series ender, it’s perfect- building off the tension, character development, and established “truths” of the previous books. Despite the focus on Cassie’s mom, the ensemble cast still shines as an ensemble (nicely, with Lia getting a bit more air time this book).
If I think about it, there’s a not-quite-realistic bit at the end….but it makes for such a great twist that I forgive it. And anyway, there’s a suspension of disbelief inherent in a series about teenage FBI assets that have a hyperawareness skill.
What I’m saying is- read this series. It’s great from start to finish (would make a fantastic binge-read!) and balances multiple layers (of mystery, of character development, of storytelling devices) smoothly.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.