(Redhead on the cover!)
Ohmygoodness! I loved Killer Instinct so very, very, much! It was like a female teenaged Dexter. And I loved that show!
Lane, the main character, is your typical teenager. She lives with her mom, stepdad, stepsister, and half brother. She gets along ok with her stepsister, and they both love their little brother. She is close to both her mom and her stepdad. She gets good grades, works part-time at the animal shelter, and takes martial arts classes with her little brother.
Her hobby: tracking serial killers. Trying to figure out what makes them tick. She even decides to take it a step farther and start taking her own vigilante missions late at night to deliver justice as needed. She always stops short of murder... so far.
Killer Instinct sucked me right in and I ended up reading it cover-to-cover in an afternoon. Lane is a very likable main character. Isn't that something that the author was able to make the reader like and root for a character who may or may not decide to start killing people? That's amazing talent right there. But I just loved all the positives in Lane's life. Like, a combined household doesn't have to be a bad thing. Her stepdad is pretty awesome, and they have a good relationship. And her relationship with her stepsister: teen girls can be super catty, but they manage to avoid sniping at each other even when they don't agree.
There's so much more to Killer Instinct than just the will she/won't she kill thing. The reader really gets to see so much growth and development as Lane comes into her own. And the ending! What a fantastic ending. It totally surprised me. Through the novel, Lane discovers who she really is and why. It's awesome, and you won't want to miss it.
*I checked out my copy of Killer Instinct from my local library.