The Naturals

The Naturals

The Naturals

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: YA Mystery
Published: November 5th, 2013
by Disney Hyperion




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 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.


The Naturals is an entertaining and well-written mystery that grips you from start to finish. While the reveal is a bit underwhelming, the plot is unique and the story itself is well-written.

Given just one or two characteristics about someone, 17-year-old Cassie can figure out who they are and what they want. When the FBI finds out about Cassie’s gift, they recruit her into a program where, alongside other teenagers with similar gifts, she helps solve closed murder cases. But now a new killer is on the loose, and Cassie must use her gift to help find the killer before it’s too late.

Cassie was a decent heroine, but not one that was especially memorable. She wasn’t quite as complex or multidimensional as I would have liked, but, even so, she’s still very relatable and likable.

Where I felt a bit ambivalent about this book was in the love triangle. A well-done love triangle that adds something to the plot besides drama I can begrudgingly handle, but this is not one of those cases. The love triangle in The Naturals adds nothing to the story or the plot, and was extremely unnecessary.

If you’re okay with love triangles and are able to suspend your disbelief when reading, this is definitely something you’ll enjoy. If love triangles and unrealistic plots aren’t your cup of tea, try Dangerous Girls or I Hunt Killers instead.


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