Sunday, July 10, 2016

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

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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 domestic violence support 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, 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.

An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling writer, Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

My Review:

I'm happy that I found another thriller/murder mystery novel that I enjoyed and now want to see if Armstrong  has another other mystery novels! :)

The best aspect of the novel, besides the interesting plot, were the characters, especially Casey and Dalton. Dalton reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes because of his personality and he grew on me as the novel went on. Also, I really enjoyed the romance elements more than I usually do.

The plot was something new, a city just for people trying to get away from their pasts, and I'm looking forward to more novels in the series and learning more about the city.

I did not see the twist coming and the main mystery and the good character development kept me reading.

I recommend checking out this series if you enjoy good mysteries and Armstrong's writing.

My Rating: 

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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