Source: Borrowed (Library)
Read: August 2016
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
You know how certain books bring back memories of what you were doing when you read that book? Well, this book was the book I was reading the day I gave birth to my son three years ago! I was about two-thirds of the way through it when I was admitted to the hospital and finished it after having him, so when I saw the latest book was released, the fourth book in the series, I knew it was time for a reread since, in a baby haze, I couldn’t really remember what happened!
This was a lot of fun to read again and I’m glad I opted for the audiobook. I was preparing for my little girl’s first birthday and had errands to run, a house to clean, food to prep, decorations to put up, and a to-do list as long as my leg, so an audiobook was perfect! I’ve started to grow accustomed to listening at 2x the speed, so a 15 hour book only took about 7.5 hours – all listened to within 24 hours! I liked that I got to listen to it so quickly since it’s quite the addicting story!
I loved Olivia and her determination to really get her story and clear her parent’s name – even if we still don’t have all the information by the end of the book. I loved Gabriel and how mysterious he was, and I think him and Olivia worked really well together. I do kind of hope for some kind of romance in future books, but we’ll see! Plus there’s the mystery of Cainsville itself, like the place is a living creature all its own. I’m so curious about what Olivia is seeing, her true identity, whether her parents are actually serial killers or not (and if not, how??). This really is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read the next book and get more of the story!
Honestly, if you’re not reading Kelley Armstrong, you really should start. Whether it’s this series, or her Women of the Otherworld series, or one of her YA series, she’s really one of Canada’s best writers! I’m so happy I got to meet her years ago and hope that by the time she comes here again I can be caught up on more of her books!