by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This is going to be a pretty short review, I think, because I don't have much to say beyond what I've already said about all the books in this series.Summary: Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.
After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.
Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.
Basically, I've yet to read a Jennifer Lynn Barnes book I haven't really enjoyed (I think I've read 7 or 8 so far?) and this one, while probably my least favourite of all her books so far, was no exception.
The reason it was my least favourite isn't because it was bad, it's purely because it's just not as good as the others -- it felt very much like a bridge between books. Like most of what happens is just to set up for the next book. Plot-wise, it didn't grip me as much as its predecessors in the series. It wasn't bad, it's just that it was simultaneously trying to have the murder case arc of this book while intertwining that with stuff to lay the groundwork for the next one and it got a bit much in the end and dragged in parts because there were too many red herrings.
But I still loved the characters. The ones that were usually at the forefront were kind of on the back burner a bit in this one, which would've been disappointing except we got to get a bit more back story on other characters. Sloane's story in particular was great and heartbreaking and I adore her, I just want to give her the biggest hug (well, if she weren't fictional).
That's all I have to say about the book really. I really liked it. It's the weakest book in the series so far in a lot of ways, but it's left me so excited for the next book and I just think very highly of the series in general -- it's fun and addictive, like all of the authors books. I'd rate it 3.5 stars out of 5 (while the series as a whole is so far at a solid 4-4.5 out of 5).