Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review : Killer Instinct by S.E. Green

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherSimon Pulse 

Release DateMay 6, 2014
Pages: 272
Source: Own

The Story:

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…
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THREE Gold Stars!!!

My Review

I really enjoyed reading Killer Instinct. The premise for the story was phenomenal. And the writing was crisp and to the point. There was also humorous bits -- something I always appreciate. Well done, S.E. Green. I will definitely read its sequel, Killer Within, which releases May 19, 2015.

Tag Line:

Everyone has a dark side.

Opening Line:

I study serial killers.


As aforementioned, t
he premise for Killer Instinct was phenomenal. A teenage girl believes she is a serial killer. A serial killer with the urge to kill other serial killers. After reading , I curious about other reviewers opinion on the book. Apparently, many saw the likeness to Dexter, the television show, and complained. Honestly, I think that is what drew me in. Yes, its premise may be mirroring Dexter but it is still a great premise. 

There is even a serial killer that catches onto Lane's trail, I thought it was a nice touch. With Lane hunting serial killers while a decapitating serial killer keeps track of her and sends her body parts fleshes out the plot. As for the identity of said killer, while the person was on my suspect list, I wasn't entirely sure which is better than absolutely knowing who the culprit is. 

Overall, I think Green did a wonderful job seeing the story through. Killer Instinct was a disturbing delight I could not put down.

Character Breakdown:

Lane - Have to love this girl! She was creepy as hell. And a nutzo. It was wonderful. Lane is stoic, smart, cold, bold, disturbing and more. Of all the books I have read, Lane is definitely one of my favorite characters. 

***Check out S.E. Green's website for more information about her and the Killer InstinctHERE

Happy Reading!


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