Title: City of the Lost
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Casey Duncan
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Adult
Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana’s abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…
We all know I am obsessed with Armstrong as an author by now. I really enjoyed the concept for this novel. Who doesn’t want to run away from it all, try and ‘start over’ and live anew once in a while when things are super tough? This concept is a bit more than that but still super intriguing.
From the beginning, I enjoyed Casey’s character. She’s an amazing woman who constantly seems to be kicking butt, something I really enjoy. She doesn’t let people just change who she is. On the other hand, there are some women in this novel who I genuinely dislike. Starting with Diana. If you read the whole novel, you’ll see what I mean. I dislike characters, and well, people, who are exactly like Diana, basically with you because you know you’ll get what you want out of the friendship.
Another aspect of this novel that I enjoyed was wanting to know everyone’s background in the town. What led them to this situation? What led them here, to start over, and what did they do before? This created some really intriguing characters and relationship throughout the town that helps you keep engaged with the story. As well, the whole setting of the novel is painted beautifully. It makes you want to go out and just set up camp somewhere isolated and remote to live for a bit since parts of it are so breathtaking.
OH! THE PLOT TWISTS. I thought they were so fantastically done. One minute you are just reading along and then BAM! Things get uprooted a bit. I enjoyed this, it kept you on your toes, and you think you have something figured out but then you realize you definitely do not.
The plot of this novel is very different than anything I’ve read recently and kept me engaged the whole way through. I’m really excited to see what Armstrong has in store for this novel in the future, but I also felt that it was mostly wrapped up in the novel. If you are looking for something a bit different to the mystery genre, this is definitely for you!
Overall, I give this novel a 5/5.
Have you read any mystery novels that are compelling lately? Is this a story line you would be interested in? Let me know!
Please note, all opinions are my own.