Audiobook review: Killer Instinct

Posted April 29, 2014 by Stormi in Audiobook Reviews / 3 Comments

Audiobook review: Killer Instinct

I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Killer Instinct by S. E. Green
Length: 5 hours and 22 minutes
Genres: Murder, YA
Published by Blackstone Audio, Simon Pulse on May 6th
Pages: 272
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobook Jukebox

Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
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A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this riveting debut.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. After-school job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals and delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder, but with each visceral rush, the line of self-control blurs. And when a young preschool teacher goes missing—and returns in pieces—Lane gets a little too excited about tracking down “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer who has come to her hometown.

As she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her own past, Lane realizes she is no longer invisible or safe. Especially after the Decapitator contacts her directly. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim…

Killer Instinct is the authors debut novel and although I enjoyed it, I thought it could have been a lot better and a bit more thought out. When I read what it was about I guess I was thinking it was going to be a little bit more dark and suspenseful.

Lane is sure that she is normal, but she doesn’t think of herself as sick either. She just has an unusually fascination with serial killers and finds that she might have those same sort of urges. Though not exactly like a serial killer as she doesn’t actually kill anyone, but she goes after bad guys because they deserve punishment. It gives her a thrill to take them down and have them go to jail for their crimes. The the decapitator kills again and her fascination is going full force.

She doesn’t have the same emotions as a normal teenager, but she still has some emotions. Lane meets Zack and though she doesn’t think she wants more than just a passing fling she does start to like him. Though when he finds out that she is maybe a little more different than he thought he sort of backs off, but that is when she really finds out she likes him.

While she is researching the decapitator she starts getting packages and text from the decapitator. She can’t believe he knows who she is and it’s a bit exciting and scary at the same time. The more she learns about the decapitator the more she researches her own background. Why does this serial killer contact her? Do they have anything in common to make the killer pick her?

Lane is an unusual character, but she is not as morbid as I thought she might be, nor is she that much like ‘Dexter’ as the blurb says. I went into it was going to be a little bit darker and thrilling. I must say that the ending had a interesting twist to it that I feel I should have seen coming.  I think I would have liked Lane to be a little more like ‘Dexter’ and that there would have been more of her going on her little hunting sprees for criminals.

Overall, I liked it and I will give the author another try to see how her writing develops. If you like YA novels with a little murder in them and a tiny bit of suspense then you might find this one interesting.

The Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller

This was my first book with this narrator and though at times she sounded a little robotic, I did enjoy her narration. I thought she did a pretty decent job with the male voices.


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3 responses to “Audiobook review: Killer Instinct

  1. I’ll have to check this one out – since I never saw Dexter I won’t have that disappointment. It sure does sound like it would be dark, but now that I know it’s not hopefully it won’t disappoint. The concept is so interesting!!

  2. I love Dexter! And I loved Lisbet from the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo! However, I’m always very careful when debut books are compared to huge best-sellers – I kind of both wonder if they’ll live up to the hype, and at the same time it seems as if it needs to stand on other works to be heard at all.

    Killer Instinct does sound quite interesting, though. I’m pretty much on the fence here. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Stormi 🙂

    I hope you’ll have a fantastic Friday!

  3. Hi! My name is Jana, and I am one of the debut author challenge hosts. Thanks for linking up your review! Interesting sounding book, although I would probably expect a little more suspense and darkness as well. Glad you enjoyed it regardless. 🙂

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