Ahoy there me mateys! If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, city of the lost, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .
a darkness absolute (Kelley Armstrong)
Title: a darkness absolute
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Macmillian/Minotaur Books – Established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction.
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (Hardcover/E-book)
Source: I received this thriller/crime ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
I love Kelley Armstrong! I discovered her through her young adult book, sea of shadows, and she became me most read author of 2016. I couldn’t help but gobble up her work which led to me seeking out her adult crime thriller, city of the lost. So when the publisher contacted me directly and asked if I wanted to read the sequel to that thriller I said yes please and did a happy dance of joy.
It certainly was another highly engaging and intense book. In this novel, Casey has lived in Rockton for over four months after successfully figuring out the who-dunnit in the first book. This book starts out with a bang as Casey and Will, the deputy, are looking for a runaway resident of Rockton in a howling Yukon snowstorm. They find something way crazier than who they initially were looking for.
The suspense set up in that storm continued throughout most of the book. Unlike the first novel, I did figure out the bad guy at about the middle of the book, which was a bummer because Casey was always a couple of steps behind at that point. But overall it did not decrease me enjoyment.
I continued to find Casey to be a highly likeable and awesome protagonist. Her spunk and grit makes me happy. This book also had some surprising revelations about other Rockton residents. That I was not expecting and it was cool to have some of me own conclusions flipped upside down.
Whether it was me noodles being hard to eat because I was trying to read and kept missing me mouth or not wanting to bunk down for some shut-eye because I had to know how the story resolved, this book was hard to put down. I did have some minor quibbles with the ending that I would love to discuss with me crew at some point and the mysteries of this novel seemed less organic in this book versus the first, but overall a very enjoyable reading process.
I need to know where there be another Casey story? Only time will tell . . . but I will definitely be wanting more from Kelley Armstrong.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian/Minotaur Books!
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.
Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that…before another victim goes missing.
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
sea of shadows- book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
empires of the night -book 2 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
forest of ruin – book 3 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the masked truth (Captain’s Log – YA Thriller)
missing (On the Horizon – YA Thriller eArc)
rough justice – book 5.5 (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)
city of the lost – book 1 (Off the Charts – Thriller/Crime)