Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong

  • File Size: 3281 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (January 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015VA8OAG

Book Description

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.


"One of the best new series debuts this year! With its compelling characters and completely original set up, "Omens "delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills. I can't wait to read more!"-Lisa Gardner

"Through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, [this book] had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center."-Lisa Unger on "Omens"

"Fast-paced and mysterious."-"USA Today" on "Visions"

"[A] locked room mystery on steroids; readers should prepare for an all-nighter to finish it." "Booklist"

"Excellent first in a new thriller series... A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot." "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

My Review

City of the Lost is the first book in the Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong. This is the first book that I have read of Armstrong's.

 City of the Lost is the first mystery thriller by author Kelley Armstrong. She has had great success with urban fantasy novels. I think City of the Lost is a fabulous mystery thriller. I was fascinated by the story and the writing style is easy to follow. There were plenty of twists in the tale. The characters are all interesting and complex. The setting of the middle of the bush in the Yukon is mesmerizing. I live in BC near the bush and the bush is full of wonders and terrors!

I loved City of the Lost and cannot wait to read the second book in the series, A Darkness Absolute. Highly recommend.

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