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4.25 solid stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25
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 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 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, and 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.
This is my very firstKelley Armstrong Book and I am definitely impressed! Her writing style was so smooth and flowed so well, just made this book even more of a pleasure to read….
Casey Duncan is a female detective flawed and all… but I have to say I found her a little more personable than the typical female detective…. Casey has made some pretty major mistakes in her past, so along with her BFF Diana she goes off the grid….
Their destination is Rockton…. A City where people go to run away from their past, a city completely off the grid, a city in northern Canada where nobody can find you….. really this city or shall I say town is as much of a character in thebook as the people…. The characters in the town were quite quirky and the politics quite interesting…. Miss Armstrong did a fantastic job of giving you a sense of the isolation, The vastness, the wilderness, and the cold…. I think I could feel the snow and I might’ve saw a bear…. interesting concept, but I don’t believe I’d want to live off the grid, and I’m sure you would all miss me if I did, right?😉
As soon as Casey arrives inRockton, A dead body has been discovered… so she is instantly thrown into the case along side the ruggedly handsome sheriff Dalton…. The mystery was really quite compelling filled with some definite twists and turns I never saw coming…. now for those of you that have problem with gore, I’d have to say there were some scenes in this book that were pretty darn gory, just to warn you ahead of time….. if this were a movie the rating for the gore would probably be R… at least it would be if it is what I am envisioning….
There is also some romance in this book especially in the last 1/5 of it…. personally I enjoyed the romance, I thought it was kind of cute, but I like romance in my books even if it is schmoopy… this was a Traveling Sisters read and Susanne coined The term schmoopy(Got to love that word!)…. so if Romance is not your thing, this part of the book might have you rolling your eyes as well…. but on a scale of 1-10 for steam this book would probably be a 2🔥🔥
So I would recommend this if you like a twisty mystery filled with some quirky characters…. but be warned there is Gore and even worse *shutter* romance😍 this was a Traveling Sisters read and I was in the minority…. everybody but me gave this book a 3.5 … it wasn’t only the romance, I think some of them found it a bit long, and not intense enough…. but agree or disagree it is always such a pleasure reading with these amazing ladies!😘
🎧🎧🎧 five stellar stars for the audiobook narration by, Therese Plummer🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Miss Plummer really did a wonderful job with the voices in the story, she added another level to the entertainment of the book, and she did an amazing job with the male voices! Always a bonus!
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
After a synopsis like that how could I not read this??
Amber wakes up in hospital, well when I say wake up, she is actually still in a coma, but she can hear everything.
This story jumps from the distant past, to when Amber was a child, to the “just” past and how her accident happened, to now in the present.
You would think that this would be confusing, and have to admit that it did take a couple of chapters for me to get into the swing of things, but then it just flowed.
This is not a book that can be skimmed, it really needs you to pay attention as there are clues, even though you won’t realise until the end, and while we are talking about it WTF is going on with that ending!!!!!
Narration was actually really good, read by Stephanie Racine, she also threw a little bit of singing in there for good measure!
It’s really strange for me living in the UK and listening to British narrators as they all seem to sound so “proper” and they all either seem to sound like Mary Poppins or Jason Statham so I tend to not listen to a huge amount of them, but this was a lovely surprise.
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