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 security feed. 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.
This is the third in The Naturals series, which I adore - like a teenage Criminal Minds. Honestly, it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I read the first two books so details were basically non-existent but it's surprising how easily I slipped back into Cassie's world. Cassie has found her place in the Naturals, her family of like-minded weirdos who understands how difficult life is, how hard it is to stop your brain from over-thinking and analysing.
It was quite an impressive case this time, a serial killer working his or her way through the Las Vegas casinos, with apparently no pattern as to who they are targeting. As always, the threats and the profiling went hand in hand as the team worked on who was doing it and why. It got quite complicated but once a certain detail was discovered, Sloane was in her element. Also, Lia... just, Lia should not be let anywhere near a casino.
The story was a bit more personal as Cassie's mother's body has been found, and her work in Vegas suffers a little because of her, rather obvious, distractions. And as more details were uncovered, it turns out that her mother's case and the Vegas case could be related. It all led up to an incredible and horrible cliffhanger, which makes me desperate for the final book! All in all, another fantastic crime/thriller story from our lovely band of strange geniuses.
Published 1st November 2016 by Disney-Hyperion.