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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost
by Kelley Armstrong
Random House Canada (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-345-81561-3
Buy from Indigo - or Chapters Shawnessy ; )

DescriptionCasey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana's abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…

The Good Stuff

  • Once again Kelley  has shown us that she is one of the most gifted storytellers of our generation
  • Sucks you in from the very first sentence and keeps you hooked to the very last word
  • Strong female lead and intriguing, flawed yet human secondary characters
  • Fabulous use of dark humour
  • Mystery kept me guessing till the very end
  • There is a TARDIS joke - yes I know I am a dork, but it made me smile
  • Canadian setting - again this is something us Canadians gets excited about as we are always over shadowed by the U.S.
  • Enjoyed the scene with Brent and the dialogue about the Habs and the Leafs - sort of like a conversation between me and my habs loving husband (I am so ashamed lol)
  • Fabulous dialogue
  • Armstrong really makes you feel part of the landscape, I swear I could hear the wolves howling and see the fox.  
  • Dark and creepy 

The Not so Good Stuff

  • I stayed up way too late reading
  • Didn't completely buy the ending of the mystery, but it still works 
  • Have a sudden urge to go to the Yukon

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The core concept is simple: give no one any cause to come after you. We're even supposed to overpay our taxes, as painful as that might be."

"Some older cops bristle at the term "police brutality."  Intimidation, they call it. Or, as others would say "speaking the only language assholes understand."

"They took away your toys because you wanted to be a vet.  They made you stitch up your own goddamned leg. You do realize that's not normal, don't you?"

5 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

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