Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her.
Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton, and if you're accepted it means walking away entirely from your old life and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval.
As a murderer Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
An edgy, gripping crime audiobook from best-selling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.
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I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
A departure from Kelley Armstrong's recent string of YA paranormal romances (and earlier paranormal series, Otherworld and Gainesville), this new entry into what I hope will be a LONG series harkens back to the Armstrong's earlier Nadia Stafford books. Whether fantasy, mystery, thriller or YA, there are signatures of any Armstrong novels -- strong protagonists (especially the women), at least one trying relationship (either romantic, familial or platonic) and layered plots. I admit, the twists at the end weren't 100% shocking to me, but I have read most of what Armstrong has written (except for the YA fare), but I still had time putting the "book" down and am happy I started this on the weekend, otherwise I would have had a difficult day at work. Although the beginning was slow-building, the development of the various characters and the core mystery kept me saying "one more chapter." My one grouse is the bit about feral chickens in Northern Canada -- unless there is some sort of super breed of chicken or special hibernating chicken or wonderful chicken cave system in the City of the Lost, it just couldn't happen outside of a fantasy novel. Feral chickens in Asian jungles (where the original jungle fowl was domesticated) or the streets of Miami, yes. Northern Canada or Alaska, no. But, it was a minor complaint, easily ignored. I highly recommend!
Therese Plummer narrated the various male and female characters beautifully.
This is by far the best book that I've read in years. Solid plot. Part mystery, part romance (but not sticky, just believable and realistic) part cops & killers, part unusual plot twists. Realistic characters. Superb narrator - also the best I've heard in years. I wish it was the first in a series.
I'm sure there will be readers who disagree with me, after all we're all different to some extent or another. But for me it was just fantastic!
Thank you Kelley Armstrong. Do you have more similar stories?
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I really enjoyed the story and the Characters in this story. I love this author and look forward to more by her soon.
I found this by accident glad I did. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good mystery with a twist.
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I must add my praise to the great reviews of the book. Kelly Armstrong created a city Rockton, and new characters for this new series. Rockton is a city in the wilds of Canada.
People with secrets need a place like Rockton to hide from the judgements of a civil society. The city is populated with people shedding their past selves. It is a city of criminals who can pay to become invisible and victims who seek some place to live without fear.
Casey Duncan is a homicide detective who has a secret. She now calls Rockton her home. and works as a homicide detective. Armstrong has deftly created a plot twist, which makes it a challenge to guess the perpetrator of murders. There is one law of Rockton, ask no one of their past.
Every resident of Rockton has the propensity for violence, no person is safe. They live off the grid, with few resources. There is a vicious killer preying on the residents. Without the expertise of a detective, the sheriff is unable to solve the crime.
I really enjoyed it! Cast of interesting characters in a strange setting. Not fantastically written or intellectually stimulating but I loved it! There was a lot of profanity which bothers some people, but not me.
I picked this book up on a whim and did not listen to it right away. Once I started listening I could not stop. The characters are so well written and multidimensional. The premise of the book is a bit far retched but once I got over that it was a great book. I cannot wait to find out what happens next in their small of the grid community. This book is well worth a credit. I am not going to give away the story but I am going to say that you will immediately want to pick up the second book when this one is over.
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. I loved the Otherworld and I loved Nadia Stafford, but this book I believe is her best to date. I think the characters are wonderful and will be starting book 2 now. I hope she plans on a long series!
I really enjoyed this story and look forward to continuing with the series. The protagonist has some issues but is easy to cheer for. So are the characters that end up by her side in the end. It feels good. A little too tidy in the end but I enjoyed it.
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