am 8. November 2013
When I first saw the book cover, I knew I had to read this book. I love the colors, the clear-cut lines, it simply looked promising. But I admit I didn't know exactly what to expect and got rewarded for my curiosity. It was a wonderful, entertaining and exciting book, I loved every minute of reading it!
Cassandra Hobbes loves to spend her time analyzing people and she knows that she's pretty good at it. But she didn't know how good exactly until a mysterious boy comes along leaving her with a business card and the request to call a Special Agent Briggs. Cassie's mom has been brutally murdered five years ago and thus Cassie calls the FBI agent assuming there might be news about her mother's death. But Agent Briggs doesn't want to talk about her mother and from then on her life is about to change completely. She takes up the offer to be part of the FBI's Naturals program.
Because Cassie is a natural profiler. She soon learns that there are other naturals when she moves into a special house where she and the other teenagers are trained by FBI agents. There's Sloane, the natural analytic, Lia, the natural lie detector, Michael, the natural reader of emotions and Dean, another natural profiler. The kids are supposed to work on cold cases and somehow teach the FBI how exactly they do what comes to them, well, naturally. But a serial killer is on the loose and he won't stop until someone makes him.
I don't know why, but I loved this book. It was such a nice combination of crime story, extraordinary talents, YA tropes like identification matters, family history, and included a nice love story. Yes, there is a love triangle between Cassie, Michael and Dean. But somehow, it wasn't annoying (YET). It might be in a sequel if Cassie doesn't make up her mind, but here it somehow fit.
I was soon quickly engaged in the read and was either cracking up or gasping in shock. All those highly intelligent naturals living under one roof provide the base for some pretty funny conversations. Imagine a game of Truth or Dare with a natural lie detector in the room, with young people who just need the last perfect question to have you totally figured out.
Cassie was a great MC. She has a hard time opening up to people but I think she finds herself slowly emerged into the FBI business and comes to think of the teenagers and agents around her as some kind of second family. She has the tendency to over-analyze things but that probably comes along with her gift. It's not like you can simply switch that off. I really enjoyed her complex observations because it was a totally new way of thinking for me. I never knew how much the choice of clothing can reveal about people's personality.
I can recommend this book to all fans of YA and crime fiction. It's hilarious at times and quite cruel too but you'll be disappointed to have reached the end way too fast, I promise!
am 10. April 2015
Ich muss echt aufhören abends ein neues Buch anzufangen. Denn dieses hier konnte ich einfach nicht weglegen.
Die Geschichte und ihre Umsetzung sind fantastisch. Die profiling Aspekte sind der Hammer und das Ende ohne Worte.
Normalerweise bin ich echt gut im vorher herausfinden wer der Übeltäter ist aber hier auch mich das Ende einfach umgehauen.
Und nicht nur einmal, sondern gleich 3 mal, da die Autorin es wahnsinnig gut drauf einen in die Irre zu führen.
Ich kann dieses Buch nur empfehlen!