Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
©2013 Kelley Armstrong (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I love the author and I am intrigued by this series. However, I wish I had read the book rather than listened to the audio version. I don't, in general, enjoy when there are multiple narrators, and in this case the main reader used such a flat and nasal voice for the main character (and was also inconsistent with the tone) that I cringed at the start of every chapter.
I know others have already stated this, but if it makes a difference for the rest of the books, I'm adding my 2 cents.. The primary narrator is awful! The best description was that she sounds like one of the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz! She's got a lisp and an annoyingly nasal voice. The other narrator is awesome and not just compared to the primary one. She's got a great voice and does a great job. Please, please change the narrator!
I love Kelley Armstrong her books will never cease to entertain me. A MUST READ.
as a first book in her new series I can't wait to see how this ends!
A very clever and thoughtfully effort. I had trouble putting it down . Considering Kelly's past work I expected a lot more mysticism , but instead got a lot more believable plot and circumstances . A very good read.
Kelley Armstrong has yet again created a world that engulfs the reader. The first book in the Cainsville series has me hooked. The characters depth draws you in and leaves you wanting more.
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