City of the Lost Hardcover – 12 January 2016
- Publisher : Sphere; 1st edition (12 January 2016)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751562521
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751562521
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
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Welcome to Rockton: a secret town cut off from the rest of the world. If you need a place to hide, this is the perfect place to start again. There's just one catch. You can't leave. Even if there's a killer on the loose.
Detective Casey Duncan has a dark past, and it's about to catch up with her. When her best friend Diana is attacked by an abusive ex, the two women realise they have to disappear, fast. And they need sanctuary. Diana's heard of a hidden town that's so remote it's almost impossible to reach. A town that desperately needs a new detective.
Casey has barely arrived in Rockton when they discover a body. A man's been murdered - butchered - and there's no time to waste. Casey's job won't be easy: everyone in town has a secret. Meanwhile her boss, Sheriff Eric Dalton, is a brooding, troubled man who's hard to read and very hard to please.
With no chance of help from the outside world, Casey will have to rely on her own wits to solve the case. But she's running out of time. Rockton's killer is on the hunt, and this deep in the wilderness, no one is safe.
Gripping, fast-paced and atmospheric, City of the Lost is the brilliant new thriller from international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
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Casey Duncan’s best friend Diana has heard of a place where you can go to disappear and start fresh, no one knows about this place and its a good place to hide out and escape. Which is what Diana needs, a place to escape from her abusive ex. Casey on the other hand has her own dark past, so when that past seems to resurface and she is attacked they both decide to apply to this place, and luckily for them they need a detective and Casey Duncan just happens to be one.
Rockton is off the grid, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by forest. Hard to get in and hard to leave. People are ending up dead, someone is making addictive drugs in the community, there are hostile people that live in the forest (who could be cannibals), and not all the people who have gone to Rockton are who they appear to be.
An interesting mystery, crime thriller book. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to reading book 2. Definitely recommend reading this.
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This author has written paranormal thrillers in the past, This is NOT one of those. This is a straight thriller.
The book is about a woman detective with a dangerous secret who needs to disappear. Luckily for her there is a settlement based in the Yukon where people can disappear for a few years. So we get a chance to see modern day people transported to an almost 19th century frontier style world with no phones, very basic living conditions and a murderer at large.
As usual with Kelley Armstrongs' books the protagonist is a tough woman with "issues" and a flexible moral code that allows for the difference between justice and law. The descriptions of the Yukon are detailed and feel very real. The characters are complex and have all had to make some hard choices. I enjoyed the mystery as well as the human stories of people so threatened they give up the comfort of 21st century living to survive.
I thought this book was great and I have since bought the rest in the Rockton series but be warned, it has some seriously gruesome bits and there is a fair bit of bad language as well as adult themes.
Now, I don't say that the City of the Lost is a bad book, it started off interestingly with Casey and her friend Diana needing to get away, especially Diana after she once again had problems with her ex-boyfriend who beat her badly. Casey's problem is a bit more complicated, she killed a man when she was in college and have since then been waiting for the day the past would catch up with her. And, now it seems that it has happened. For them is Rockton a perfect solution, although Casey because of her past has a hard time getting approved for going to the town, in the end, is she allowed, but there are some conditions for her and one of the reasons they agree to accept her is because they need a homicide detective to solve a murder.
It's in Rockton that I felt the story started to drag now and then, it just went on and on, sometimes it felt that the investigation didn't go anywhere. I was also a bit disappointed with the town, it felt that it was just really bad people there and if you were a woman then you had to watch out (I think I had a town like the one in Pines (Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch in mind, normal but mysterious). There were some promising things with the story, the rumors about cannibals were interesting, it just never becomes much more than a rumor. Then, the obvious and expected romance occurred (I have read reviews of the books so I was prepared), and it took more time away from the investigations, but at the same time was it an important part of the story that I can't discuss since it would spoiler the book.
The ending, well it was good, perhaps not fantastically good, but Casey did solve the murder and all. She also discovered some secrets that someone close to her had kept and I loved the confrontation between Casey and this person.
So, City of the Lost did not turn out to be this fantastic book I had hoped for. It was more of a bumpy ride with both ups and downs. Would I read the next book? Yes, I would! I did enjoy more of the book than I disliked. I just hope the next book will have a less bumpy ride.
We are introduced to a town filled to the brim with people who needed to get away/disappear, a town that for Detective Casey Duncan and her best friend Diana gives the promise of a much-needed new start. But when they get there…well peace and bliss isn’t exactly on the menu. As Detective Casey tries to find her feet with the town, its inhabitants and her new boss Sheriff Eric Dalton, she also comes to some revelations about her best-friend who I seriously didn’t like, whilst also having to solve a murder.
The romance between Casey and the Sheriff felt like it needed to be developed more, and it would have been nice if some of the intrigues and rumours (e.g. of cannibalism) surrounding the town were delved into rather than touched upon fleetingly.
Overall this was an ok read, the bones of the book had the potential to be deliciously engrossing – sadly that didn’t happen.