Killer Within by SE Green

Killer Within SE Green

Killer Within by SE Green
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Young Adult
Length: Full (304 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Lupine

In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of her first kill.

It’s been three months since Lane made her first kill—the sadistic Decapitator—and now she feels both closer and more alienated than ever from her united, grieving family. Haunted by conflicting memories of her mother, Lane resumes her role as the vigilante Masked Savior out of a feeling of obligation—but her heart just isn’t in it anymore. Now that Lane has felt the rush of deeper, darker thrills, a growing part of her wants to revisit its seductive power, and she’s not sure how long she can resist.

Meanwhile, the Masked Savior has inspired its own fan site, where groupies gather online to praise, document, and debate each delivered act of justice. But one of Lane’s secret admirers is becoming a cunning copycat, exacting “justice” on defenseless innocents, increasing the violence with each attack.

Someone is watching Lane, edging closer to making contact. Someone who knows her darkest secrets. Will Lane be able to stop the copycat and keep her identity protected? Or will she give in to the thrills that tempt her?

Following on the heels of my enjoyment of book one, Killer Instinct, I dug right into this book. Killer Within also delivered an excellent plot that had me guessing to the very end.

Lane is very intriguing to me in the way that she operates and compartmentalizes her issues in her mind. With a copy cat killer on the loose, she has to put those skills to use again. She also needs to put an end to the most recent deaths and try to piece her family back together after the trauma at the end of book one. She struggles to lead an outwardly normal life while still doing her vigilante work and trying to find out who’s determined to keep the legacy of the Decapitator alive.

She struggles with her love life still, and although I understand why she behaves as she does in order to clear her mind, it sure feels like she’s creating more problems doing what she’s doing than she solves. I’m not a fan of this part of the storyline and it’s the only reason the book isn’t rated higher.

The suspense portion of this book can’t be faulted, however, and definitely kept me turning pages. I read the book in one sitting and can’t wait for more!

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