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.
©2016 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
The book has an interesting, if unlikely, premise that the author never brings to life. As a result, the story just becomes more and more unbelievable. The mystery wanders about and the love story is equally unsatisfying--it is drug out, it seems, just to make the book longer. It certainly does not add interest.
The performance is fine, but don't waste a credit on this book.
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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