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City of the Lost: A Thriller (Casey Duncan Novels) Paperback – January 17, 2017
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About the Author
KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of City of the Lost, the first book in the Casey Duncan mystery series.
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Now that my allegiance has been defined, let me just say that I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to my friends who appreciate the books that I do. I love Armstrong's slow pacing, her style and voice, and I have actually been to the Yukon so I have a great mental picture of the area she describes and I think she does a great job. Forest for as far as you can see...
However (spoilers) this book, to me, read like a B- version of Nadia Stafford. Heroine with a crime of vengeance/justice in her past-check. Grumpy attractive male hero who the heroine isn't sure likes her (because of COURSE we know he does)-check. Alternate 'nice guy' almost could be the boyfriend beta male-check. Just saying, A. felt like Quinn, recycled and Eric was like a Jack who talks more (bring back Jack! haha).
Did I like it, absolutely. I LOVE that her romances are slow burns and not graphic. I really liked the world building-I like that this Canadian author isn't afraid to set her books in Canada! (even if there's some America cross over).
Real Peeves: Diana. Ugh. the back and forth and drama was a bit much. Made me doubt Casey a bit more, esp. as this is her only female friend? Really? Even after everything that happened to her, its pretty hard to believe that someone who makes such a big hit in the small town had so much trouble finding any decent friends before. The Mystery: sorry, but it didn't link up smoothly to me. Maybe it makes sense to Armstrong--the string of who-did what but I felt like it was pretty garbled.
I love the Nadia Stafford books and if you did too, read this. But just think of it like all three Nadia books jumbled into one. And yeah, a more chatty Jack.
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