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Omens: A Cainsville Novel [Kindle Edition]

Kelley Armstrong
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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Book Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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What would you do if you discovered that you were adopted, and your birth parents were purported serial killers? Twenty-four-year old Olivia Taylor Jones faces this question when her privileged Ivy League existence is fractured by a startling revelation. Traveling to spooky Cainsville, Illinois, to uncover the truth, she joins forces with Gabriel Walsh, her mother’s former attorney. Of course, in true Armstrong fashion, the supernatural plays a featured role, as Cainsville harbors some deeply embedded secrets waiting to be unleashed by Olivia’s latent paranormal powers. Armstrong, author of the popular Otherworld series, excels at world-building, and this reverse Cinderella story perfectly launches a new series chronicling the irresistibly odd and creepy Cainsville universe. Fantasy fans will be eager to make repeated visits. --Margaret Flanagan


"Armstrong is a talented and evocative writer who knows well how to balance the elements of good, suspenseful fiction, and her stories evoke poignancy, action, humour and suspense."
—The Globe and Mail

“Like the creepy, spooky town of Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong’s Omens lured me in. I was busy, way too busy for this book, which, through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, 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. Don’t pick this book up if you have anything else to do. It will grab you by the collar and won’t let you up for air until it’s good and ready. And once you’re done, you won’t soon forget it.”
Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

“Cainsville might be a nice place to visit, but I’m too creeped out to live there. Luckily, Armstrong isn’t, and her dispatches from this village filled with sinister secrets are going to be keeping her readers up well into the night.” —Linwood Barclay, internationally bestselling author of Trust Your Eyes

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go

Product Details

  • File Size: 2268 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMC358
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More suspense/thriller than paranormal - disappointing September 6, 2013
By Donna
Omens started out really strong. I was immediately drawn in to the drama surrounding Olivia finding out the truth about her birth parents and how her family reacted. I was fascinated with how she came to find Cainsville and with the town itself. I was loving the story all the way up through the halfway point but then it started to fall off a bit. What I had, up to that point, thought was going to be a paranormal thriller ended up being more of a conspiracy filled suspense drama. The paranormal elements were mentioned throughout but then went unexplored kind of leaving the reader hanging. The "reading omens" aspect was one of the best things about the book so when it went in a completely different direction than what I felt I was promised, I was left feeling a bit disappointed.

I enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters. I like the relationship that's building between them and that it is not one of those instant-love situations. It took me a while to warm up to Gabriel, it happened at about the same rate that Olivia started looking at him differently, so I thought that was really well done. Gabriel has a lot of annoying traits and habits and Olivia views him very realistically which is refreshing. He is the more consistent of the two characters in the way his actions match his personality as I was led to understand it. Her actions are a bit more all over the place.

It seemed like Omens promised one thing but delivered something very different. Maybe if I had been looking forward to suspense with a ton of conspiracy theory and convenient coincidences, I wouldn't have been left feeling underwhelmed by how Omens ended. I may still read the next book in the series with the hope that the paranormal aspects will be more prominent in future books in this series. I can see the potential for this to be an amazing series. I love the concept of a town like Cainsville and I do want to see where this series goes.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love a new series.... August 21, 2013
By Mardel
Especially when it's a new series by an author that I already enjoy reading....

but first of all - the cover - If I knew a little more about superstitions, or omens, I get the feeling that I just might notice some portentous signs pictured on the cover....but since I don't, all I can say is that the full moon, the quiet streets, and the cloud formations in the sky make for a subtly spooky cover. Which is good. I like subtle, and even with the seemingly benign scene, there's something spooky here...of course, it might just be the title steering me in this direction. If so, then the title did its job.

As Kelley Armstrong fans know, she has written her last Women of the Otherworld novel, which has no doubt left some bereft, but never fear - she hasn't stopped writing, she's turned her attention elsewhere. As we've seen with a few of the long running series floating around out there, sometimes it's good to end a series, and it's even better to end a series when your fans - especially the ones who have been fans from the beginning - STILL enjoy your work. Kelley Armstrong has written a very strong first of a series with Omens.

Whenever I'm given the chance to read a novel before publication, I feel fortunate. When I end up loving the novel I'm always happy about that (of course). I REALLY enjoyed Omens. You can read the synopsis on Amazon, Goodreads, and Armstrong's website - but basically, a very rich young woman, Olivia (Liv) Taylor Jones is hit out of nowhere with the knowledge that she isn't who she thought she was.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
When Kelley Armstrong's best-selling Women of the Otherworld series came to an end last summer I couldn't hold back my tears. Clay and Elena will forever hold a special place in my heart but, after I finished mourning the loss of these beloved characters, excitement at the prospect of diving into something new from one of my favourite authors began to replace my sorrow. I approached Omens with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation only to have the first emotion fizzle and the latter transform into disappointment. Armstrong's writing is as strong as ever but I struggled to find the paranormal elements in this psychological thriller and the ones I did uncover, were more confusing than anything else. For the first time ever, I'm on the fence as to whether Armstrong will remain on my auto-buy list.

The supernatural elements in this story are minimal at best; Olivia sees omens, her neighbour has the "sight" and, there's some talk of Fae and the Tylwyth Teg. The heroine's ability is tenuous and other than providing her with a few cryptic clues; it comes across more as survival instinct than an actual power. You know when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Yeah, it's like that. I'm confident that Olivia's talent will grow as this series progresses but as far as first impressions go, it was lackluster. As for her neighbour, I never figured out if she actually does indeed have the "sight: or if she's just a scam artist preying on people's beliefs. And the Fae? I have no idea where they fit in; they are loosely referenced a couple of times but other than that, their mythology comes across as an old wives tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I couldn't put it down. I'm already downloading book number 2. This is the first time I've read one of her books, but it won't be the last.
Published 10 days ago by voodoosangel
3.0 out of 5 stars Part 1
I was upset by the ending, so much was unresolved. The story was intriguing to the end, then dropped. I sure hope there is a follow up to this book.
Published 10 days ago by arlene savarese
5.0 out of 5 stars Omens a Gainesville novel
great start to a new series. really love this author and read all she writes. I really
recommend this book.
Published 13 days ago by beth
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Olivia’s life should be perfect the daughter of a wealthy family, the perfect fiancé she’s been able to focus on school and her volunteering. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book
Published 14 days ago by noel h.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story
This new series is awesome! I've always liked Kelley Armstrong, but I think this is the best stuff she's written. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!!!
As always, Kelley Armstrong weaves a story that keeps me guessing! I'm looking forward to the reading Visions from the Cainsville series.
Published 22 days ago by Angela
4.0 out of 5 stars Omens: A Cainsville Novel
this is totally different from the books I normally read I totally enjoyed the romance, suspense and supernatural elements. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Margaret Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Mix of fantasy and mystery
The Cainsville series is a departure from Armstrong’s previous work in the Women of the Otherworld books. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kelly (Fantasy Literature)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Omens is a mix of paranormal and mystery. I found the characters interesting and the town of Cainsville intriguing. Look forward to reading the next novel.
Published 24 days ago by WCroc
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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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