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A Darkness Absolute: A Novel (Casey Duncan Novels) Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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“This sequel to City of the Lost is, simply, terrific. . . . Kelley Armstrong’s plot is complex and shows why Casey Duncan is a detective to watch.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“Kelley Armstrong follows up City of the Lost with . . . more page-turning suspense.” —49th Shelf
PRAISE FOR NATIONAL BESTSELLER CITY OF THE LOST:
“A locked-room mystery on steroids; readers should prepare for an all-nighter to finish it.” —Booklist
“Best known for her books set in the supernatural Otherworld universe (Otherworld Secrets, etc.), bestseller Armstrong introduces homicide detective Casey Duncan, who’s haunted by a violent crime she once committed, in this excellent first in a new thriller series. . . . A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The eerie descriptions of setting and chilling character backgrounds give the tale an almost supernatural edge.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] good thriller to read by the fire on a weekend evening. The ending will be a surprise to most readers.” —The Millstone
“Armstrong has always been adept at keeping us guessing, as she also does here, about the identity of the serial killer who is picking off Rocktonians in an inventively gruesome way. It's Rockton itself, though, that keeps us turning the pages. Armstrong has fun playing with genre tropes in City of the Lost, and she doesn't limit herself to the paranormal or to crime.” —The Sydney Morning Herald
“City of the Lost is one of those books that can keep you reading long after you should have been in bed, asleep. I'm looking forward to a sequel.” —The Oklahoman
“[City of the Lost] may be one of my top favourite reads from Armstrong, and that’s something considering I’ve been a fan from the early days.” —Lost In a Great Book (blog)
“I am excited to see where this story is going. I’m especially curious about this mysterious town.” —Big City Bookworm (blog)
“In City of the Lost, the character arcs—reveals, secrets and betrayals—elevated the story’s tension to squirming-in-my-seat territory. . . . [I]n true Armstrong form, the remote northern location was described in eerie, atmospheric splendour, becoming a character in and of itself. . . . Combining the unique setting and a killer cast . . . with questionable motives and even more questionable pasts means that I’ve found another series to obsess over. . . . Just add this baby to your TBR pile. Now-ish.” —Jennie’s Nails and Tales (blog)
PRAISE FOR KELLEY ARMSTRONG:
“Like Stephen King, who manages an under-the-covers, flashlight-in-face kind of storytelling without sounding ridiculous, Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own.” —The Walrus
“Kelley Armstrong is one of the purest storytellers Canada has produced in a long while. Her Otherworld saga of twelve books spun a complicated paranormal web featuring unforgettable characters contending with blazing sexual tension and deep primal fears, while her young adult fare mined similar territory for teens.” —Sarah Weinman, National Post
“Nobody comingles genres like . . . Kelley Armstrong. A bushel of fantasy, a peck of crime, a dash of romance, and you have a recipe for a bestseller.” —The Globe and Mail
“Armstrong has created a persuasive, finely detailed otherworldly cosmology—featuring sorcery, astral projection, spells, telepathy and teleportation—that meshes perfectly with the more humdrum world of interstate highways and cable news bulletins.” —Quill & Quire
“Mesmerizing . . . the ‘other-worldly’ atmosphere conjured up by Armstrong begins to seem strangely real. Armstrong is a talented and original writer whose inventiveness and sense of the bizarre is arresting.” —London Free Press
“Long before American author Stephenie Meyer came on the scene—four years before, to be precise—Canadian fantasy novelist Kelley Armstrong began paving the way with Women of the Otherworld.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writers.” —Karin Slaughter
“Kelley Armstrong will never disappoint. . . . [O]ne of the queens of the genre.” —ParanormalRomance.org --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
The two Casey Duncan novels represent something of a departure, while still being very much Kelley Armstrong books. There are strong relationships with matter of fact sexual connections and the friendships between women are nuanced and occasionally prickly, but the setting - a kind of sanctuary in Yukon for those who need to leave their lives for awhile - makes for a sometimes stark platform to examine crime, punishment, society, character and other meaty topics. I think the series is brilliantly done and really can't wait for the next installment.
I enjoyed getting back to Rockton and seeing how Casey is settling into her new life there as well as seeing how she's handling her new relationship with Sheriff Eric Dalton. We get to meet some more of Rockton's citizens, find out some backstory on ones we met in the last book, and discover that some of the old trouble makers are still around as well. The mystery had me changing my mind about my prime suspect/s several times before the end.
I was glad to read on the author's website that she is contracted for at least four books in the series because I definitely want to read more.
Some of us can write, but only a few of us can tell a story, can build a world, can engage the imagination and do it repeatedly. KA can.
So, what is this new piece of art? It visits the same darkness that the Nadia Stafford world danced around. It deals with the underbelly of the human psyche. It lives in a hidden town where it's more like 75 shades of guilty; there are no innocents here. This is book 2, and each is a strong stand alone, yet the existence of the criminal community gives the continuity needed for more slices of life (writing material).
Casey Butler is the mind that KA uses for the reader to view this different world. She's a homicide cop from elsewhere, brought there to help keep the bad guys on the lower end of the bad scale. She's also a murderess.
I'm looking forward to this new series as a whole, and hope we go more than 5 books. There's a lot of material that KA can run with.....and just keep on a going .
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