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 time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a domestic violence support 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, 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 novel from bestselling writer, Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.
This book is dark and by this I mean gruesome with the murders. Yet, I like these types of books so I had no issues with it. But some people might. However it was not the murders that had me interest but it was Casey. I really liked her kick-butt, sassy attitude. It was most for this fact that I stuck with this book because although the murders were gruesome they did not intrigue me as much. Due to this lack of interest, this book is a quick read with plenty of action and a nice, steady pace. The battle between Casey and the sheriff was entertaining. At first I thought he was an egomaniac and dumb which I still do believe that he is a little egomaniac but he is not as dumb as I first thought he was. In the end he and Casey worked well together. I like this book and hope to read more darker books like this from this author.