City of the Lost (Casey Duncan – 1) by Kelley Armstrong
Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana’s abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…
While in college, Casey was attacked and almost killed because of her boyfriend. She ends up killing him and becomes a successful detective. Casey has been friends with Diana since childhood and has been trying to protect her from her abusive ex. One night Diane’s ex catches up with her and beats her up pretty badly. When Casey’s own past catches up with her they decide to disappear to a place that Diana has heard about.
After an exclusive interview process where Casey almost didn’t pass, both women find themselves in Rockton, a small Yukon town that is pretty self-reliant full of people escaping for one reason or another. Diana takes her new life and freedom way to recklessly while Casey becomes a deputy and helps solve a series of murders.
Casey is a great detective and a kick-butt woman but she just can’t let herself move past the attack and the killing. For some reason she just has to punish herself. But she is a great person, especially how she is just willing to walk away from her life just so Diane can get away from her own ex. And Dalton, what a hard headed pain in the butt. But he is a great match for Casey. I loved the mystery. I had me guessing right up to the end and had lots of twists and turns in between.
I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan since I first read the Women of the Otherworld series. Although this has no paranormal characters I loved it just the same. I was also lucky enough to get City of the Lost on audiobook. Therese Plummer is an amazing narrator. She has a beautiful voice that had me taking the extra-long way home from work so I could keep listening to the story.
If you like thrillers and mysteries I recommend that you check out this book or audiobook.
Check out this clip from the audiobook. If this doesn’t encourage you the check it out I don’t know what will.
I received City of the Lost for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.