There have always been stories of cities lost to the mists of time and history, Camelot, El Dorado, Z and others. Did they ever exist? Maybe. But if you are a certain type person, a criminal, a victim, a killer with money you might have heard of another town that offers sanctuary. Not a glamorous town by any means, the living is harder than you can imagine, but Rockton does exist. If you meet the stringent requirements of need and/or money you might get in.
A homicide detective, Casey Duncan and her best friend Diana, a victim of spousal abuse are accepted grudgingly, very grudgingly by Sheriff Eric Dalton. According to Dalton he doesn’t want them, but the ruling council insists because Rockton needs a homicide detective-even one who has committed murder herself. Casey won’t come without Diana.
Dalton runs Rockton with an iron hand. The most important rule, one that incurs severe punishment is you don’t go into the woods by yourself. Sometimes the punishment is administered by Sheriff Dalton, sometimes by the woods. There are scary people in the woods. There are apex predators in the woods because Rockton is located in the Yukon.
People are dying in ugly torturous ways in the woods, deaths inflicted by humans. It is Casey’s job to find the killer and determine if it a resident or one of the many who live in the woods.
The inhabitants of Rockton are scarred in their own way, even the killers who buy their way in. Once they arrive in Rockton they have to re-invent themselves. Casey is one of the few who can stay true to herself and maybe start to forgive herself. Casey begins to realize the sheriff is different for a reason. She begins to forge warm friendships with Deputy Will Anders and Doctor Beth. Eventually she begins to be more accepting of the local madam, Isabel.
I loved that when misunderstandings occurred they were actually resolved in a reasonable amount of time by adults communicating.
Ah, the woods, possibly the most interesting character in the book. Rockton is not far behind but I will instead leave it as a fascinating setting.
There is not a character in the book that I did not find compelling.
There are numerous surprises that await Casey and the reader. Well done surprises, not from out of left field.
There are romances. One of which is just about the sweetest I’ve come across in a long time. Sweetest and damn hot too.
For the love of all that is holy can not the denizens of Rockton learn the meaning of a locked door
or a closed door, or of people not actually answering a door due to sleeping or ummm, something like that. The Sheriff needs to rectify that lack of knowledge of boundaries soonest with himself as first pupil. It was good to see a bit of lightness shed on all the darkness of Rockton.
Here is my deep dark secret; I’ve already read this book three times since it came out. I am just fascinated by every aspect of it. Thank goodness there is an equally wonderful second book, A Darkness Absolute that is already out. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1897289644?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1
Another winner from Kelley Armstrong. Kept me engaged till the end.
A for-profit hidden village in the Canadian wild, controlled by anonymous entrepreneurs, populated by scared people on the hide. Talk about contrived! Murder, betrayal, perversion, meandering plots, touchy-feely shoveled in more-or-less randomly. Find another book with a different author.
Most of the book was good, with absorbing characters and an eerie setting.
Near the end though, the romantic entanglements waxed wordy.
A great mystery with a unique premise, and intriguing setting and very interesting attention grabbing characters. I really liked this book and not just cause I'm already a fan of her Women of the Underworld series. In fact I was a bit reluctant to start a new series of hers without finishing that one but I am happy to say that was some stupid thinking of mine. Very much looking forward to more from the city of the lost.
This author's writing is really going downhill to what it was. Perhaps she has gone too commercial with too many fingers in too many pies.
This was my first book by this author. An unusual premise and some good characters. I liked the camaraderie between Casey, Dalton and Anders. Moved along at a good pace and was interesting enough that I finished it in a couple of days. Some aspects were a little hokie and far-fetched, but I found it entertaining. (Warning for those that don't like rough language - The character Dalton uses the f-word a lot. He's a likeable character so I just ignored it.)
Suspense Fiction. When she was 18, Casey Duncan killed a man. Never caught, she eventually became a police detective, but it seems likely that the dead man's mob-connected family is on her trail. Meanwhile, her best friend Diana is being terrorized by her ex-husband, who's also got it out for Casey. Both looking to lie low, they head to a secretive off-the-grid community built for people who need to disappear -- a place where Casey's skills are in need, given that there appears to be a murderer in their midst. An eerie setting amps up the suspense as character backgrounds come to light, putting Casey in more danger than ever.
I enjoyed the characters and the plot. This story had some different elements than would be found in "typical" murder mysteries. It was, for me, "unputdownable." However, I have to be that individual that comments on the language. All the f-bombs and gd's were completely unnecessary. I just consider that to be a lack of creative dialogue on the author's part.
In this town filled with those trying for a new life away from their problems or as we find crimes of another life, there are those who are not as you think. Intriguing story that kept you reading to find out how the mystery unfolds. Never read anything by this author before, but will be looking for more to read.
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