“City of the Lost” by Kelley Armstrong is an eerily captivating tale that reminds one that there are always at least two sides to every story. The shocking opening line segues into irony and the twisty ride begins.
I love this author’s heroines. They are strong, self-reliant, and manage to overcome any number of tragedies, and Casey is an excellent example. The buildup to a mystery that involves a self-sufficient town that has its own arcane set of rules and a number of individuals who are off-kilter keeps one mesmerized but nervous. Those who are squeamish should be warned that there is a fair amount of violence, sometimes pretty gory, and dismaying backstory for several folks.
If you are in search of a hair-raising thriller with compelling characters and a disturbing inkling that some of this may not be fiction…this is the story for you. I enjoyed my visit to Rockton even as I rejoiced in the fact that I didn’t live there, and I look forward to reading more stories about these folks.
This crime thriller is the first in a series of ‘Casey Duncan’ novels set in an off-the-grid town named Rockton. Homicide detective Casey Duncan/Butler flees there with her best friend Diana, only to find there is quite a bit of adjusting required, crime is pretty rampant, and the town definitely needs her skills. She discovers that she is not the only one with secrets in her background, and learning to work with Sheriff Eric Dalton and to survive in the town of Rockton is going to require that she uncover details that folks might be willing to kill in order to keep hidden.
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.
An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.