The Naturals

The Naturals

Hardback Naturals

By (author) Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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  • Publisher: Miramax Books
  • Format: Hardback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 212mm x 16mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1423168232
  • ISBN 13: 9781423168232
  • Sales rank: 160,610

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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. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. 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. Think The Mentalist "meets Pretty Little Liars-"Jennifer Lynn-Barnes' The Naturals "is a gripping psychological thriller with killer appeal, a to-die-for romance, and the bones of a gritty and compelling new series.Praise for THE NATURALS: "The Naturals is "Criminal Minds" for the YA world, and I loved every page." -"New York Times" best-selling author Ally Carter "This savvy thriller grabs readers right away." -Kirkus Reviews"Barnes shows every card at just the right moment, catching readers off-guard at the final reveal. It's a stay-up-late-to-finish kind of book, and it doesn't disappoint." -Publishers Weekly" ""In this high-adrenaline series opener ...even a psychic won't anticipate all the twists and turns." -"Booklist"

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Author information

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written several acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her PhD from Yale University this year and is now a professor in psychology. You can find her online at or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

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5Q 5P S Cassandra Hobbes has a natural talent to profile people. Cassie was taught by her mother, Lorelai, to observe BPE's-behavior, personality, and environment-as she also did, which helped her ply her career as a fake psychic. That training had ended years before when Lorelai was brutally murdered and her body never found. Now, Cassie is living with her father's family; he is stationed in Europe with the Air Force. She is working as a waitress when she is approached by an FBI agent to join an elite group of teens who are "naturals: " Michael can read emotions, Lia can tell when someone is lying, Sloane can rattle off statistics about anything and recreate crime scenes, and Dean is another profiler. They are to use their talents to solve cold cases, and Cassie hopes one of those cases can be her mother's. Unfortunately, their cold cases run into a very hot case when a serial killer starts killing women in the same manner as Cassie's mother, and then begins to stalk Cassie. They must help catch that person before Cassie becomes the next victim. Although the novel contains the same YA trope of so many-a girl finds herself attracted to two boys, one quiet and brooding, and the other charming, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome-the potential romance is only a small element of a tightly paced suspense novel that will keep readers up until the wee hours to finish. Recommend this title to fans of Gagnon's Don't Turn Around (HarperCollins, 2012/VOYA August 2012), Miller's How to Lead a Life of Crime (Razorbill, 2013/VOYA February 2012), and television programs such as Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, and make sure to have more than one copy on hand.-Suanne B. Roush. VOYA"