The Cainsville Series
In the exciting new novel in bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's compelling Cainsville series, Olivia realizes that she is at the heart of a tug-of-war between ancient forces--and that everyone around her risks becoming collateral damage.
When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the only child of a privileged Chicago family, but of a notorious pair of serial killers--she found a refuge in the oddly secluded but welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a precociously successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she managed to partially clear her parents' name in an investigation that also revealed darker forces at work in the town that had offered her a haven.
Fleeing Cainsville after she is almost killed, Olivia finds herself not only the target of the Cainsville elders and of the Huntsmen, but also of her ex-fiancé, James, who stalks her and even tries to have her kidnapped. All this as her feelings for Ricky deepen, and confusingly her feelings for Gabriel too. Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, and holds out in her palm a black stone and a white stone that swirl together to create a balance of light and dark. Death stalks them all, as Olivia desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that links her to Gabriel and Ricky, or whether she has the power to change the tragic outcome.
Armstrong's third Cainsville novel (after Visions) blends aspects of a psychological thriller into her urban fantasy, but the excitement is muffled by the slow-moving narrative, which is becoming a hallmark of the series. After an opener that will confuse even those who read the previous installments, multiple plot lines eventually unfold, and the agendas of various fae factions in Cainsville, Ill., are revealed. Olivia Taylor-Jones's ex-fianc is stalking her. She continues her investigation, with the help of morally ambivalent lawyer Gabriel Walsh, into the serial murders committed by her birth parents. She also has a burgeoning relationship with Ricky Gallagher; he's an insightful M.B.A.-earning gangster in training, but no one around him really takes him seriously. The story's unsettling psychological component involves Olivia's incapacitating and worsening visions, which help the underlying puzzle pieces, built around ancient folklore, fit into place. By the story's end, many questions are answered, but whether readers will get that far is debatable.
Great read couldn't put it down. I recommend any of her books but this particular series is one of her best!!!!
Book 3 of this 5 part series was as thrilling as the first two books. We know a lot more now, but the main issues are still unresolved and it looks like a resolution Liv can accept is next to impossible. The truth about Liv's parents came as a real surprise to me, and I think that's why I enjoy Ms. Armstrong's stories so much: she continues to engage and enthral me. I look forward to the final two books in this series, because I just don't know where she will go from here, and that makes me want to read it all the more.