Series: Cainsville #1
Received: Received a copy from Random House Canada in exchange for an honest reviewRelease Date: August 20, 2013
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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.
I have heard a lot of great things about Kelley Armstrong, though I've never really checked out any of her writing (I have only read one of her teen books and I never continued on with the series, though I was interested). This is the beginning of a new adult series, and I think Kelley has brought me into a world that is creepy and would make me want to look over my shoulder.
When Olivia Taylor Jones finds out she is adopted and who her real parents were, her whole life is changed, she decides that she needs to find out more about her parents and learn about her past. What Olivia really needs is to get away where the press can't find her and hide out while she figures things out, this takes her to the little town of Cainsville and from there Olivia's life changes.
This book has a great mystery to it, with Olivia trying to learn the truth behind the murders committed by the Larsens. Her mother swears innocence which sends Olivia on an investigation that leads to many surprises along the way. Olivia's character tries not to make snap judgments, she doesn't want to believe in the Larsens innocence or guilt until she can prove it herself.
This book had a great mix of creepiness with a great mystery that will leave you asking what next? Some questions are answered, but Kelley definitely leaves you wanting more. I'm excited to see more from this series, and figure out everything about Cainsville, this cute little town that has its secrets to it.
I think it was really interesting that Kelley leaves hints throughout her book that if you research it, you can learn things about the book (but it would spoil the story for you). This book made me go back and read her other books to see how her writing has grown over the years. If you enjoy a good mystery, with some supernatural elements to it, definitely check this book out!