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Killer instinct, S.E. Green

Label
Killer instinct
Title
Killer instinct
Statement of responsibility
S.E. Green
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When seventeen-year-old Lane becomes involved in the search for a serial killer active in the Washington, D.C. area, she worries that her life-long fascination with such murderers has a very real and terrible cause
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Writing style
Award
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2015.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 With a mom and stepdad both in the FBI, it’s not surprising that 17-year-old Lane is interested in criminal minds. What’s surprising is how much she is interested. Enough, in fact, to exorcize her own dark urges upon those that, to her mind, deserve it. Rapists, sex-slave abductors, and animal torturers alike feel her wrath as she dons a ski mask, incapacitates them, and tortures them. It’s only annoying that the press has mistaken her for a heroic vigilante. One serial killer, however, has her number: the Decapitator, who has been chopping the head off a new woman every September for 14 years. He begins sending Lane private messages, which lead her to believe that they are somehow linked. The mystery: how? Green throws in enough side characters to keep the red herrings effective, but readers will be most fascinated by Lane herself, an emotionless machine whose small twinklings of humanity are awakened as the Decapitator gets ever closer. There’s a strange lack of description and setting here, though it jives with the overall—and usually intriguing—coldness. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 05-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 17, p54)
  • Gr 12 Up — Lane is an apparently normal teen with an abnormal obsession—hunting down criminals that have evaded justice and making them accountable for their crimes. When a brutal serial killer strikes close to home, the 17-year-old knows she is the one to catch "The Decapitator." But what begins as a hobby quickly turns into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse, and Lane is drawn into a deadly web of family secrets that threatens everything she holds true. The teen is unappealingly antisocial, and her first-person narrative sounds forced in its attempt to be relatable. The story suffers from a plot that moves from one unbelievable event to the next in a series of disconnected vignettes, while erroneous details and awkward encounters between characters litter the pages. Sexual situations, including descriptions of rape and kinky sex, are more appropriate for an adult thriller. The end result is a disjointed story that stretches readers' suspension of disbelief too far. With so many great edge-of-your-seat thrillers to choose from, such as Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown, 2012), it is easy to leave Killer Instinct off the list.—Sarah Lorraine, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park , IL --Sarah Lorraine (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p164)
  • This compelling debut follows the efforts of a girl who's fascinated with a serial killer. Lane, 17, knows she's disturbed. She has virtually no emotions and finds herself fascinated with the Decapitator, the serial killer her mother, a behavioral analyst at the FBI, has been tracking for years. Lane secretly works to discover the killer's identity—until the killer begins to contact her personally. He appears to know everything about her, sending private letters that Lane does not turn over to the FBI. Meanwhile, Lane beings to act as a vigilante, wreaking vengeance on unpunished criminals—a rapist found not guilty, a boy who harms animals—becoming known, to her irritation, as the Masked Savior. She's also crushing on the veterinarian she works for, finally dating his younger brother Zach, an experience that demonstrates she has some emotions after all, especially when the Decapitator appears to be someone far closer to her than she had realized. But who? Green keeps the narrative humming along, unfolding events through her psychologically damaged narrator's eyes and deepening the mystery until events roar to a climax. The story works as much as a character study of Lane as it does an effective thriller. Red herrings abound as readers, along with Lane, begin to understand that she isn't quite as unemotional or as ruthless as she had previously believed. A zippy, gripping psychological drama. (Thriller. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10307734
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Green, S. E.
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 14 up
  • HL 630
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 12
  • 12
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Killer instinct novels (S.E. Green)
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Serial murderers
  • Families
  • Interpersonal relations
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Criminal investigation
  • Washington (D.C.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Killer instinct, S.E. Green
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9781481402859
Lccn
2013037119
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20150805-102-M
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn861273875
  • (OCoLC)861273875
Label
Killer instinct, S.E. Green
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
Extent
257 pages
Isbn
9781481402859
Lccn
2013037119
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20150805-102-M
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn861273875
  • (OCoLC)861273875

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