“I have that darkness inside. Absolute darkness. Yet it’s not a caged lion, waiting for the gate to be left unlatched. It’s just there in case I need it.”Detective Casey Duncan
Readers were introduced to the secret town of Rockton, in the Canadian Yukon, a safe haven for people with enough money to runaway from their past lives in Kelley Armstrong’s novel, CITY OF THE LOST (St. Martin’s) last month, the first in her Detective Casey Duncan series. This month, Armstrong’s out with the second installment in the series, A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE. It really doesn’t matter which order you read them, you’re going to be tearing through the pages to follow the compelling creepy plot, either way.
In Rockton, Armstrong has created a stand alone character in itself. The town is completely off-the-grid, really cold, has minimal sunlight and is prone to blizzards. There’s very little electricity, no phones or Internet, no mail or way of getting in or out-of-town without the unseen-shadow town council’s approval. The rule of law is “innocent until proven suspicious.” And residents definitely don’t want to wander into the forest that surrounds Rockton. That’s a huge no-no – that could possibly get you killed.
In A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE, Casey and fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy, Will go into the forest looking for a missing resident. They get caught in a blizzard and seek shelter in a cave. Inside the cave, they discover a different resident, a woman who has been held captive in a deep hole for over a year. Then they discover two more women’s bodies. They must find the killer … and learn if he or she is a resident, outsider or something worse.
If you want to be thrilled, prepare to be thrilled and chilled. Kelley Armstrong delivers the goods from page one until the end in A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE.
For more information about Kelley, check out her website http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com
Thanks at NetGalley for providing a copy for an honest review.