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City of the Lost: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels) Paperback – January 17, 2017
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When Casey was eighteen, she killed her boyfriend, it was totally warranted once you get that backstory. And the action has always kind of haunted her. She doesn’t really regret doing it, but she knows that one day repercussions will come calling for her. Her best friend, Diana, has her own problems going on as well. Her ex is in town and is sort of stalking her. It was an abusive relationship and one Casey helped her get out of, so when they are given a chance to escape to a town where you can pretty much hide from your past and start over, they take it.
Except with Casey, she’s got a very limited stay ahead of her while Diana is likely to stay for two years, the general stay for most of the residents. When Casey comes into town, she’s given the role of detective for the sheriff as she was a detective in her “old life”. And she’s come just in the nick of time for there are missing persons and murders happening in this quiet little town hidden in the middle of nowhere.
I really enjoyed this mystery. The mystery elements were pretty spot on! We have missing people, people turning up dead, past murders coming into play and a town full of suspects. Everyone in this town is basically hiding out. A good amount of them are criminals in some sense, others are hiding out for other reasons. The price to live here is high, and the work is grueling and hard. And since everyone here is not likely to be the best of people, trying to uncover a murderer is going to take a lot of work.
I really enjoyed seeing Casey and the sheriff, Eric, interact. Eric comes off as a bit cold. He’s not the friendliest of people, but he’s well respected, and respectful. You can actually see him change a bit when he’s around Casey. Little moments, little gestures. The cold brute who was so standoffish to her when they first met definitely has a different side to himself.
The other characters of the novel were just as good! I enjoyed There’s Will, who is another deputy in town, and he’s got that kind of carefree kind of personality to him. He’s nice and flirty. I was actually a bit worried we’d be walking into a love triangle of sorts. I can’t say we aren’t in one just yet. Casey did leave behind a boyfriend of sorts in her life before this town. And it’s a tough call to say if things are all romantically resolved just yet. It is after all only the first book!
But yes, you will see sprinklings of romance. I loved that it played so little of a role in the story. This is a mystery, not a romance, but if you’ve read Kelley Armstrong’s books before, you know she does romance incredibly well! LOL! So just those little sprinkles we get are enough to tantalize and delight readers.
Another thing that makes this novel so incredible? Cannibals! Yup! We’ve got cannibals in this one! Or so the locals say! While we don’t get a whole lot of details on that front, it is made very clear that the little town of Rockton isn’t completely alone in the woods! And that leads to quite a few secrets!!
The resolving of the mystery was pretty good too! There were quite a few shocks along the way. And I can honestly say that I did not see this murderer coming. Of course as I read this, I was under a bit of stress at work, so being stressed out and trying to read the whole revealing scene moments didn’t pan out all too well. But it’s no big deal really. That’s just me. So me being a bit confused over this character or that one’s involvement in things is my own fault. But regardless, I found the whodunit to be very surprising! I cannot wait to see what other adventures await us in this new series! And yay, I have the next book to read! But after that, we’re backing to waiting 365+ days! Boo!
There’s still a bit of mystery left to this story too. Not the mystery itself, but more like the town, it’s inhabitants, and the mystery council who remains off site. Still so many things left unsaid and I cannot wait to see what direction this series will take! I need more and I need it now!
If you’re a fan of mystery series, you’re going to want to pick this one up asap! Not only is it by Kelley Armstrong, but it’s also an incredibly amazing and GREAT read that I enjoyed every moment of it! Even when I was confused! LOL!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
For new fans, I think COTL will be a great read. The concept is unique IMO, and it was pretty interesting and different to read about a modern-day setting without all of the usual technology at the tip of the characters' fingertips. It affects the way that they need to handle the crises happening in Rockton, especially Casey since she's the new detective. The characters are likable, and Armstrong is phenomenal at instilling some kind of sympathetic trait into each of them. As another of her readers noted, Armstrong's characters are often recovering or have overcome some kind of damage in their lives. They are all survivors, of a kind, and these flaws make the characters feel realistic. Casey, Eric, Will, Isabel, Beth, and the others are people that you might run into in your local town. The action moves at a steady pace, with Casey playing a bigger role in the proceedings as she chips away at Eric's mistrust of her and proves herself to be a valuable resource. While I was a bit surprised by the perpetrator of the Rockton crimes, it all made sense with a little more explanation, and it felt like a natural way to go. Armstrong made sure that fans would be with her, rather than confused or disgruntled with the story's resolution.
SPOILERS AHEAD IN THE REST OF THE REVIEW. DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE UNPREPARED.
For more seasoned fans of both Armstrong's adult and young adult fiction, some patterns are going to pop out pretty soon after beginning the novel. Casey shares a lot of traits with Nadia Stafford: background in law enforcement, a physically/psychologically traumatic experience, hesitation to put herself first, and being approached by two potential romantic interests. The dynamics of the trio also resemble the dynamics between Nadia, Jack, and Quinn as well as those of Chloe, Simon, and Derek (YA characters). One of the men has a more boyish energy, a talkative personality that makes him more socially adept and easier to connect with; he welcomes the protagonist and quickly shows an interest in her. His counterpart, however, is socially challenged- a bit by personal disposition and a bit by choice. The counterpart does not seem to have an immediate connection with the protagonist and his reluctance to know his own self worth is deeply tied to traumatic history. Generally speaking, I enjoyed the characters. Though they followed a pattern, there were enough distinctive story details for each to make them an individual in my eyes. My only issue with this is that it will be easy for longtime fans to notice this pattern and thus comes a certain predictability in the way the romantic angle will play out.
In any case, I enjoyed the book, and I will more than likely read it again. I look forward to seeing what else Armstrong does with the series, and to continue watching the characters grow into their own.
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