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A Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels) Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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Praise for City of the Lost
"A locked room mystery on steroids; readers shouldprepare for an all-nighter to finish it." ―Booklist
"Excellent first in a new thrillerseries... A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast ofcharacters and a page-turning plot." ―Publishers Weekly on City of the Lost (starred review)
"The town of Rockton’s strong, atmospheric presencewill interest readers of Armstrong’s Cainsville series and appeal to newreaders, particularly fans of C.J. Box." ―Library Journal
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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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.
Life in Rockton will never be easy for Casey and the other residence, but if they are bored it's their own fault; because mere survival in this town takes all their focus. This book takes place shortly after book one with Casey and Will hunting a resident that fled. Blizzard, survival, caving are just the first chapters. Armstrong knows how to write interesting characters that haunt my dreams and kept me up all night listening to the audiobook, which is fab. Nothing like Eric and his four letter word read by Theresa Plummer. I honestly can't wait for the next book.
Highlight of the book Jacob!
The pacing is a little slower than the first novel, but still satisfactory. The reader gets to experience a slow burn of suspense. Similar to the first novel, the killer was not someone I suspected from the beginning, which I find to be an enjoyable feature.
I do have to say that I still see the character tropes in ADA that I mentioned in my initial review of City of the Lost. Those who are very familiar with Armstrong's work will continue to notice a pattern in the way that certain characters interact and approach their interpersonal relationships. It's not a huge detraction since the novel's case is individually interesting, but it does bring some predictability that might run weary after a while.
Overall, I'm a dedicated Armstrong fan, and I do enjoy the mysteries that she has been throwing at the Rockton characters, so I will continue with This Fallen Prey.
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.
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Another book that I wasn't able to figure out who did it. I thought it might be the brother.Read more