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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. Why? Because she might be one herself.
Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals - delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing - only to return in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for "the Decapitator", the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. 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.
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By Me & My Girls on 05-20-14
Enter the Darkness
As I indicated this is a dark piece of fiction. Lane is not your typical teenager; at least I hope not. She researches serial killers and stalks the streets at night wearing a mask avenging the wronged; dispatching her own brand of justice. Added to the complications is that both her mother and her stepfather are FBI agents. She's headed for the University of Virginia and works part time at a veterinary clinic. Her attraction to the doctor at the clinic is complicated by the age difference; he's 25 she's 17. "Fortunately" for her the doctor's brother is a junior transfer student. That situation is made more complex when she meets him initially when her younger sister Daisy brings him home. Daisy who is the "blowjob queen" of their high school has some issues of her own. Going back and looking into her family tree doesn't provide Lane with a lot of comfort either.
A good piece of realism is added to the story when Lane isn't an automatic member of Seal Team 6. She makes mistakes in her role as vigilante, doesn't prepare as well as she should; forgets certain important factors, and hesitates when she should act; in other words, just like a real teenager.
Personally I enjoyed Lane's dark side and liked a protagonist who acts as we all want to at times. I gave 5 stars to this work; though it was more like 4.5 or 4.6. regardless it's a good listen; short, (about five and a half hours) to the point and without any glaring weaknesses.
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