Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review: A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Book Blurb:

The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense--

Casey and Will are on the hunt for a missing towns person when they take shelter from a snow storm in a cave. Casey hears a voice calling and stumbles upon a girl held captive in a hole in the ground. The girl happens to be a Rockton town member who went missing a year ago, presumed dead. But in actuality, she was kidnapped and kept prisoner. Casey needs to figure out who did this and stop him, before someone else gets taken.

This is book 2 in a series, set about 4 months after the actions of the last book. I highly recommend that you read book 1, City of the Lost, to get all the complicated back story of the town and the people. The mystery element is a new story, so that can be enjoyed alone, but you would really miss out on the building of the world. You can read my review of book 1 here. Yet again, this is another awesome suspense filled mystery from one of my favorite authors. Every time I pick up one of her books, regardless of the genre (because she writes Teen, Urban Fantasy and Mystery), I know I will enjoy what I read. That being said, I sometimes wonder if my expectations are too high when I start one of her books, but I have yet to be let down.

So, I am incredibly intrigued by Tyrone Cypher. For all intensive purposes, he is a "bad guy", but I thought he was a great character, and I wanted Casey and Dalton to have more encounters with him. He is wily, abrasive, and a button pusher, but intuitive and interesting. I kept hoping for a few more conversations or sightings with him in it, but I guess I will have to wait for the next book to hope he pops us.

Yes this was a tension filled mystery, with multiple likely suspects and danger around every turn (be it from a murderer, a hostile- cause you know, they are hostile, or the environment). But the best part of the story, and the most dominant part, was the character study of all the characters, be it the main characters or even just a brief side mention of a side character. This story focused on what motivates people, what is someone really capable of and what will someone do when backed into a corner. Casey is a great detective, but that is in large part due to her insightful and through study of people. Watching her "handle" people depending in different ways was like seeing a psychologist at work. Everyone is so multifaceted, I have no idea what to think about Mathias or Diana- both are very complicated people who think they are doing good deeds, but are they really? The ending- enough said.

No this is not a romance, but the best part of the story was the relationship between Casey and Dalton. I absolutely love them together, their dynamic is so great. Mathias described it perfectly- they both accepted the other as is, no complaints or attempts to change the other. And the puppy! Dalton is so freaking sweet to Casey. I love the fact that they could communicate honestly about their relationship, their doubts and fears and what will come. I personally have doubts as to what will happen to them though after Casey's time is up... but I guess that is a concern for the future, if they can even survive five years...

I loved this book and think it was a solid sequel to a great mystery series. I can't wait to see what will happen next.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

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