Thursday, July 6, 2017

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



Publication: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: Publisher/ Purchased by own copy also

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.

A Darkness Absolute, the second book in the Casey Duncan series, begins with Casey and Anders searching for one of the town residents who apparently got a little stir crazy and ran off in the woods. The woods is a dangerous place on a normal day, but now with a storm threatening to hit, it’s even more dangerous. Not long into their search, Will and Casey have to take shelter in a nearby cave and it’s there that they discover a woman still alive in a hole in the ground.

From there it’s a matter of rescuing the victim (Nicole)  and trekking back through the woods to Rockton to get help. Unfortunately Nicole may not be the only victim and Casey, Will, and Eric, will have to use all of their resources if they want to catch the person doing this. Is it Hostiles or Settlers? Or worse could it be one of Rockton’s very own behind it?

The mystery aspect of this book was very interesting. Even though I was able to guess who the culprit was, It wasn’t until I was more than half way in. That didn’t ruin anything for me though. I was still able to enjoy following the characters while they put the pieces together and discovered who the bad guy/gal was and the reason behind it all.

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong was a very entertaining story. Ever since I discovered Kelley Armstrong's writing a couple of years ago, I kind of fell in love with it. Her writing style and the characters that she creates are always interesting and enjoyable. I’m looking forward to finding out what the next mystery, This Fallen Prey reveals when it releases on February 6, 2018.



RATING: 4 out of 5


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