Book of the Week / 43

Hi all, welcome to another book review! This one has taken me a little while to get through – but I actually got through it quicker than I thought. This one is a crime/mystery, but has a different aspect to it. This weeks book is…

The City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong


“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 that someday the 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 town made for people like her, a town that takes 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, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no mobile phones, no internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity and no way of getting in or out without the towns 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 it’s first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realises 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.”

Let me start this off by saying that Casey didn’t just kill a man because she could, it was purely self-defence, she just never told anyone about it. The blurb on this one is very broad which is a great change. I find a lot of blurbs don’t give you enough information about the book. This is what persuades you to read/purchase, so I find these quite important.

You really learn a lot about characters in the book, and you can make your own decision whether you like them or not. I didn’t like Diana at all – I found her super selfish and mean. Throughout the book you begin to like the chief of police, Eric Dalton, more and more. He comes across as a hard arse, but he seems to be quite caring once you get to know more about him.

At certain points, I found this book difficult to understand, and I almost considered stopping as some parts were boring (for me). This book has a 4+ star rating on Goodreads, I can see why. It just wasn’t exactly up my alley.

There is also some gore in this one, so if you can’t handle that I’d suggest giving this one a miss!

The genre of this one is thriller, fiction, mystery, crime and contemporary.

About the Author
“Kelley has been telling stories since before she could write. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.”

I rate this one a 6/10 – above average, but not my favourite.

Thanks for checking out this review!

Chelsea x


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