by Kelley Armstrong
Random House Canada
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On Sale August 20th
Description: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
The Good Stuff
- Olivia is a fascinating character - very realistic and kick ass strong and doesn't take crap from anyone
- As usual Armstrong's world building is incredible
- Fast paced with lots of twists and turns -- cannot wait to learn more about what is going on
- Dark - reminded me at times of Koontz and King - not a lot but the mood of the story reminds me of them
- I've said it before but must reiterate - Kelley is a natural storyteller which to me is a fabulous gift - she never disappoints
- Dark humour is spot on and gets you when you need it most
- Loved the opening chapter - its the kind that hooks you in and you know you are not going to want to put the book down
- Gabriel is also a fascinating character and I look forward to knowing more about him & um he sounds kinda hot
- I feel the need to decorate my house with gargoyles now - trust me, so will you after reading
- Perfect book for a cold winters night under a blanket with a nice glass of wine or hot chocolate
- Character development is realistic
The Not So Good Stuff
- I was a wee bit confused at times - but hey I got a 4 yr old - might just be me
- OMG - how long do I have to wait till the next book - never mind - I am just impatient and well I am reading it months before it is actually coming out
- O.K. now this one is extremely picky. A paragraph mentions that the child had spina bifida and it couldn't have been her since she would be in a wheelchair. Um, hello, my son has spina bifida and is not in a wheelchair. Yes I know picky, picky but it did make me slightly irritated
"Also, the killing of small animals is the entrance ramp onto the serial killer superhighway'" I paused. "Damn. I bet the cat knows that. He picked me because I can't hurt him, or I'd be fulfilling my biological destiny. So I'm screwed. The cat stays. Unless you'll kill him ..." I glanced at him. "How does fifty bucks sound."
"Wishful thinking, as if having my weather omen come true would somehow prove I was perfectly sane. Because "storm-prediction-by-cat" was sane."
"Or was I hoping it wasn't as bad as I'd heard? Oh, they only killed six people, not eight like I thought. Well, that's not so bad."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Obviously if you like Kelley's other books - you will love this
- If you like spooky moody mysteries - pick this up you will not be disappointed
- I really think fans of Koontz and Stephen King will take a shine to this
I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review