This novel will keep you on your mental toes!
November 14, 2017
Blurb: 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.
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong is a mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing every step of the way and won’t even let the tension ease when you discover who-dun-it. The second installment in the Rockton/Casey Duncan series incorporates atmosphere and foreboding from its dark secluded location in the Yukon.
Rockton is a town where people who have the means or a special talent can go to get off the grid, some because death is hunting for them, others for other reasons. Casey was a homicide detective who killed a man with mafia ties. When they found her, she fled to Rockton where she became Rockton’s detective.
In this latest thriller, Casey and Anders discover a woman who had been being held captive in a cave for a year. Now they have to figure out who was capable of that. Was it someone from Rockton? An outside settler? One of the hostiles?
While Armstrong is primarily known for her paranormal books, this Rockton series shows her range as a writer. She keeps the reading engrossed and guessing, page-turning, second guessing. Even when we do know who the perpetrator was she doesn’t let the tension slide away. It’s a reader roller coaster ride, and I love it.
If you’re a fan of dark mystery/thrillers with a strong female detective and realistic characters, give this series a try.
This came from the desperately needs-to-be-sorted library of Sascha Darlington.
5 out of 5 butterflies