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.
Audible Audio, Unabridged
Published February 7th 2017 by Macmillan Audio
Four and a half stars: An excellent, suspenseful mystery with terrific characters and a creepy, atmospheric setting.
Casey is irritated that she and Will are chasing after one of Rockton's residents who got a bad case of cabin fever. To make matters worse, they are suddenly caught in a snowstorm and forced to take shelter. Will and Casey find shelter in a cave. They are horrified to find a young woman in the cave. Nicole, a former resident of Rockton, disappeared over a year ago and was presumed dead after a body was found with her clothing. Nicole was kidnapped and held captive in a dark cave. Once Casey and Will rescue Nicole, they head back out to investigate with Eric. During the search, Casey finds two more bodies, which point to the same person who abducted Nicole. Casey, Will and Dalton push to solve the mystery, but unfortunately in Rockton, everyone is a suspect. Will they catch the killer in time?
What I Liked:
- City of Darkness is even better than its predecessor. I loved the mystery, the quirky characters and the terrific atmosphere setting of Rockton. If you want a suspenseful thriller with unforgettable characters and a town that is unlike any other, this is a series to try.
- The murder mystery is excellent. I liked that in Rockton there are plenty of suspects as there are many criminals hiding out in the town, and you never know whose back story is legitimate and who is lying. I liked that there are lots of red herrings, some excellent twists and a fantastic finale. This was so much fun to try and unravel.
- I love the quirky cast of characters. In Rockton, there are so many imposters. I even like that there are characters that I love to hate such as Jen and Dianna. I keep hoping that either girl will redeem herself, and then they do something that makes me hate them all the more. I have to admit, I was fasicnated by Matthias. He is the butcher and a brilliant psychologist who studied psychopaths. He is all about intimidation, and he makes sure almost no one in the town likes him, except Casey. For me, there was a strong resemblance to Hannibal Lector (except he isn't a cannibal as of yet). Matthias is creepy and interesting, and I was never sure of him. I hope we get more of Matthias in the next book.
- The setting of Rockton gets even better in this book. I enjoyed learning so much more about the people outside of the town as well as in. Secrets are revealed about those inside, and more is exposed regarding the Settlers and the Hostiles. They are just beginning to scratch the surface on the Hostiles, which I can't wait to follow up on. I also love the isolation and the rudimentary lifestyle of Rockton. This is one of the most interesting settings I have ever read. Rockton provides the perfect creepy backdrop for the story.
- I so appreciated that the romance is going strong still and that it is without drama, love triangles and all that I have come to hate. I love that the relationship between Casey and Dalton is straightforward, honest and open.
- I also love that this series doesn't get too dark or gory. Yes, there are some disturbing things especially when it comes to the kidnapping of Nicole, but the author doesn't go too far with all the details.
- The ending was outstanding. So much goes down in those final pages, but I didn't feel like it was dumped on me like in the first book. Everything is clear and it ends with an eerie note, that I thought fit the story perfectly. No cliffhanger.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Thérèse Plummer. This is the first time I have listened to Ms. Plummer, and it won't be my last. She does an excellent job with all the voices, and her male voices superb. I highly recommend the audio version!
And The Not So Much:
- I am itching to know so many thing still. I want to understand the Hostiles. Casey starts digging to uncover the truth, but unfortunately, this story line is abandoned, which I found disappointing. I am eager to know more.
- I didn't like that it took Casey and Dalton way too long to clue into who was behind the murders.
- I am still frustrated about the mysterious Town Council. I want to know more about the faceless people behind the town.
Absolute Darkness is a thrilling and suspenseful murder mystery with an excellent atmospheric setting. I love the characters and the town. This series keeps getting better and better. If you want a terrific thriller, this is one to read. I thought the audiobook was outstanding, and I would highly recommend giving this one a listen. I am now a big fan of the Casey Duncan Series, and I will be eagerly counting down the days to the next release.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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