City of the Lost
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 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 ti...more
No matter how great our love for Kelley Armstrong, here at Rabid Reads, CITY OF THE LOST, superficially isn't a book we'd ordinarily review.
It's not speculative fiction; it's a mystery/thriller sans any supernatural elements.
I think a case can be made for it also being . . . HORROR.
It's like that random episode of SUPERNATURAL where creepy mountain people are kidnapping athletic men in their late teens to early twenties, playing their own toothless version of THE MOS ...more
This is my very firstKelley Armstrong Book and I am definitely impressed! Her writing style was so smooth and flowed so well, just made this book even more of a pleasure to read....
Casey Duncan is a female detective flawed and all... but I have to say I found her a little more personable than the typical female detective.... Casey has made some pretty major mistakes in her past, so along with her BFF Diana she goes off the grid....
Their destination is Rockton.... ...more
Well, that was certainly different!
Have you ever considered picking up your entire life and just leaving? Starting fresh where no one knows you? A chance to reinvent yourself? Well, in that case, the small town of Rockton is just what you’re looking for. Where people who feel the need to escape from their former life, apply for acceptance into this close knit community in the territories of Northern Canada.
Everyone in this town is running away from something or someone.
Only now it may not b ...more
A taut, gritty, and imaginative thriller!!
This novel is a very different kind of thriller. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book, but I found it to be a nice change of pace. For starters, the setting, which is an off the grid area of Northern Canada, a place most would probably consider uninhabitable, contributes a great deal to the story, setting the tone for a tense, super twisty, novel of suspense.
The setup ...more
Casey a police detective, is a flawed character as most of them seem to b ...more
Casey is a homicide detective and when she was in college something bad happened to her. She was attacked and she exacted revenge. She has been waiting for retribution ever since. It finally arrived.
Her best friend Diana married a horribly abusive man, yet she loves him desperately. Thankfully she has always had Casey to protect and take care of her. Together, they have always taken off and started anew, thus when Diana is found and beaten by Graham within an inch of her ...more
Some quick thoughts:
What I loved: the author’s smooth writing, the entertainment factor, and the setting (I’d love to go off the grid for a (short) while and live in the beautiful Yukon!).
What wasn’t quite as good: the romance was, to borrow a Susanne’s term, schmoopy 👀 and some of the happenings were too gory and on the outlandish side...
Overall, this was a good escape read during the holidays, and I’m grateful that I read it!
This was ...more
The sexy times were fade-to-black, so the only growling and mewing you will get is from the wildlife that is surrounding this town. And, hell-to-the-no on me ever wanting to visit a place like this, let alone live there. It's more dangerous than Australia!
Out on a horse ride, the sheriff is telling our heroine that they used to keep dogs and cats until ...more
Want a ticket into the town of Rockton, an off-the grid secret town?
You will need to qualify to gain access and if granted you will need to cut off all ties of your former life and start over! Its in Canada and it is remote and primitive-no cell phones, internet, electricity, mail and few modern comforts.
Casey Duncan is a detective who has skills she can offer the town that has just had its first murder. She is able to negotiate a contract to get herself and her good friend, Diana into Rockto ...more
A homicide detective, Casey Duncan and ...more
Wow, you’ll have to excuse me, but I think I’m having myself another one of those “Why have I waited so long to read this author?” moments. Yes, believe it or not, it actually took me this long to finally try Kelley Armstrong (despite the fact others have been telling me about her awesomeness for years). I also find it a little ironic that even though I’m more of a speculative fiction reader, it wasn’t any of her fantasy o ...more
1st book in the Rockton series. Police procedural mystery in a minuscular remote town in the wilds of the Yukon.
Casey Duncan agrees to move to the hidden town as a detective to keep her friend Diana safe from her abusive ex. She is soon working long hours investigating missing people, murders and navigating the unique inhabitants and their idiosyncrasies.
Who can she trust? Can she trust anyone? What mysteries are out in the surrounding woods and are they re ...more
#Won't Bother Now
#Girl Fight Nightmare
► My review of part 1 : ★★★
► My review of part 2 : ★★★
► My review of part 3 : ★
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The “before Rockton” part of the book showed main character Casey Duncan as a tough damaged badass cop. She had sought treatment from five psychiatrists. She had an unhealthy friendship with a battered woman named Diana with whom she had moved to another city. She moves again with this friend to Rockton, an isolated primitive village in the middle of nowhere whose residents ...more
I am shocked by how much I ended up liking this book. The story grabbed me immediately and I never lost interest. This was one of those books where just as soon as I thought I knew where the story was going, something would happen and I would realize that I was completely wrong. This really was the kind of book that can really hard to put down.
This is the first book in the Casey Duncan series and after reading the first two books in the serie ...more
Now, I don't say that the City of the Lost is a bad book, it started interestingly with Casey and her friend Diana needing to get away, especially Diana after she once again had problems with her ...more
I enjoy reading Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series (currently on book 3), so I was excited to start another (and different) series by Armstrong. I will note that perhaps my rating for City of the Lost was influenced by the other books I have read by the author, as I enjoyed them a bit more than City of the Lost. That’s not to say this book isn’t good—it is, and it’s worth checking out if you enjoy detective novels.
Welcome to Rockton—an off-the-grid, dysfunctional town, wher ...more
Did you ever want to run away from everything and be in someplace where no one knows you and you do not know others? Do you think that "“A simple journey creates a peaceful life?"
For Casey Duncan and her friend, Diana, who are both looking to escape from some dangerous and tough issues in their lives, the ability to flee to a type of commune located in the midst of the freezing nowhere offers such promise, an escape from the reality of abuse and murder these two women had in their liv ...more
She is a fantastic writer, one that keeps you at the edge of your seat completely entertained and completely enthralled. When I saw a new thriller mystery from her set in an usual setting with characters ever bit as unique, I knew it was something that I needed to try.
I got every single thing from this ...more
Casey Duncan is a 30 year old homicide detective who has more or less been going through the motions of a life ever since a tragic event i ...more
I found myself disbelieving every single sentence in chapter 1. The fact that therapists always show looks of surprise at her confession- no, they are literally trained not to show surprise. That the therapist made wild guesses at her story instead of allowing her to tell it- no, that's just not how therapy works. This and more- all in the first pages. So yeah, I was already unhappy moving into chapter 2.
Chapter 2 then introduces a flashback in which the (as yet unnam ...more
I can honestly say that this was a 5 star read through most of the story.
The ending was where it lost a star for me. I had to re-read it twice just to understand it. While clever, it was just that bit too convoluted. ...more
So what do I tell you a bout this book ? The bl ...more
Casey Duncan is a detective with a dark and violent past. But despite that past threatening to catch up with her, it's only when her best friend Diana is brutally beaten by a violent ex that Casey agrees to investigate the possibility of a town rumoured to offer sanctuary to those who need it. And luckily, they're in need of a good detective...
That's our introducti ...more
Oh yeah, I read it again.
August, 2017 audiobook re-read
See below. :)
January, 2017 re-read
This has become a real comfort read for me.
October 31, 2016
Bumping this up to a full five stars. I've gone back to this book a lot.
So this book has a weird beginning. Weird enough that I'm glad I took so long to read the book because it gave me enough time to get used to what the story was instead of what the beginning implied it would be.
I'm not sure if I'm explaining tha ...more
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Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a ...more