The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1) 

Goodreads summary

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

My take:

This mystery sucked me in and kept me reading.  I’m not a big mystery person, so I didn’t figure out the big reveal in advance, but that’s okay with me.  Some suspension of disbelief must be applied here, gifted teens working for, and with the FBI?  Not really plausible, but yet, it’s a popular YA sub-genre. (See Anthony Horowitz, Alane Ferguson, Andrew Lane, and others.)  This promises to be a bit like CSI, or Cold Case for teens.  I will buy for the high school, and the rest of the series.  I’m ready to read the second one, now. 

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