City of the Lost

City of the Lost

Book - 2016
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"Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that's not why she's on the run. Her best friend's ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she'll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she's heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too. Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they're not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he's more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her."--From publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Random House Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345815613
Characteristics: 468p. ;,24 cm


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Jul 28, 2020

From the time,many years ago, that I picked up a hardcover copy of Bitten to every other book Kelley Armstrong has written I have not been disappointed. I never hesitate to buy her books and this one is as good as it gets. Great plot, great characters, great setting, just a great story. Rockton rocks and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

IndyPL_CarriG Jan 27, 2020

This is one of those mystery novels where the clues were all there but I just didn't see it coming until the end. A great surprise from an author who generally writes urban fantasy, this is one of the best mystery series I've started in a long time. Compelling characters who are morally grey yet believable and likable, tightly plotted, and a strong sense of place in the Canadian wilderness make this a series to watch. Do yourself a favor if you are a fan of mysteries and pick up this book!

Oct 04, 2018

I enjoy reading thrillers from time to time because I find them to be good "comfort food" reading that I turn to when I just want something fun and engaging. City of the Lost gave me more than I was looking for! I really loved Casey, the protagonist, and I found her story arc with Eric, the sheriff, so compelling that once I finished the book I immediately went back and re-read the scenes they were in together. Definitely recommend!

Jul 09, 2017

There have always been stories of cities lost to the mists of time and history, Camelot, El Dorado, Z and others. Did they ever exist? Maybe. But if you are a certain type person, a criminal, a victim, a killer with money you might have heard of another town that offers sanctuary. Not a glamorous town by any means, the living is harder than you can imagine, but Rockton does exist. If you meet the stringent requirements of need and/or money you might get in.

A homicide detective, Casey Duncan and her best friend Diana, a victim of spousal abuse are accepted grudgingly, very grudgingly by Sheriff Eric Dalton. According to Dalton he doesn’t want them, but the ruling council insists because Rockton needs a homicide detective-even one who has committed murder herself. Casey won’t come without Diana.

Dalton runs Rockton with an iron hand. The most important rule, one that incurs severe punishment is you don’t go into the woods by yourself. Sometimes the punishment is administered by Sheriff Dalton, sometimes by the woods. There are scary people in the woods. There are apex predators in the woods because Rockton is located in the Yukon.

People are dying in ugly torturous ways in the woods, deaths inflicted by humans. It is Casey’s job to find the killer and determine if it a resident or one of the many who live in the woods.

The inhabitants of Rockton are scarred in their own way, even the killers who buy their way in. Once they arrive in Rockton they have to re-invent themselves. Casey is one of the few who can stay true to herself and maybe start to forgive herself. Casey begins to realize the sheriff is different for a reason. She begins to forge warm friendships with Deputy Will Anders and Doctor Beth. Eventually she begins to be more accepting of the local madam, Isabel.

I loved that when misunderstandings occurred they were actually resolved in a reasonable amount of time by adults communicating.

Ah, the woods, possibly the most interesting character in the book. Rockton is not far behind but I will instead leave it as a fascinating setting.

There is not a character in the book that I did not find compelling.

There are numerous surprises that await Casey and the reader. Well done surprises, not from out of left field.

There are romances. One of which is just about the sweetest I’ve come across in a long time. Sweetest and damn hot too.

For the love of all that is holy can not the denizens of Rockton learn the meaning of a locked door
or a closed door, or of people not actually answering a door due to sleeping or ummm, something like that. The Sheriff needs to rectify that lack of knowledge of boundaries soonest with himself as first pupil. It was good to see a bit of lightness shed on all the darkness of Rockton.

Here is my deep dark secret; I’ve already read this book three times since it came out. I am just fascinated by every aspect of it. Thank goodness there is an equally wonderful second book, A Darkness Absolute that is already out.

Feb 24, 2017

Another winner from Kelley Armstrong. Kept me engaged till the end.

Feb 18, 2017

A for-profit hidden village in the Canadian wild, controlled by anonymous entrepreneurs, populated by scared people on the hide. Talk about contrived! Murder, betrayal, perversion, meandering plots, touchy-feely shoveled in more-or-less randomly. Find another book with a different author.

Jan 27, 2017

Most of the book was good, with absorbing characters and an eerie setting.
Near the end though, the romantic entanglements waxed wordy.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

A great mystery with a unique premise, and intriguing setting and very interesting attention grabbing characters. I really liked this book and not just cause I'm already a fan of her Women of the Underworld series. In fact I was a bit reluctant to start a new series of hers without finishing that one but I am happy to say that was some stupid thinking of mine. Very much looking forward to more from the city of the lost.

Oct 16, 2016

This author's writing is really going downhill to what it was. Perhaps she has gone too commercial with too many fingers in too many pies.

Aug 11, 2016

This was my first book by this author. An unusual premise and some good characters. I liked the camaraderie between Casey, Dalton and Anders. Moved along at a good pace and was interesting enough that I finished it in a couple of days. Some aspects were a little hokie and far-fetched, but I found it entertaining. (Warning for those that don't like rough language - The character Dalton uses the f-word a lot. He's a likeable character so I just ignored it.)

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