Latest Reads – A Darkness Absolute – Kelley Armstrong.

Publication Date: February 7th from Sphere

Source: Review Copy

Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Two things to be clear on, this is the first time I have read Kelley Armstrong and therefore I did miss book one in this series – which did not matter one iota and I will be going back and reading it for sure now!

A Darkness Absolute was utterly addictive, a central premise that was completely gripping and some really fantastic characters, all of whom I just want to know more about at this point -plus I LOVED this so much I read practically all of it yesterday and its now gone onto my must read series list.

Rockton, a town where you go to hide. Either as a criminal or as somebody running from danger, the community is secure, closed and hidden from the wider world. Slight issue – once you are in you cannot leave. At least not easily and not for some time. Casey is the town detective – whilst chasing down an erstwhile resident she finds a woman trapped in a hole – where she has been, abused and held hostage for years. There is a killer on the loose – and who knows where they might be hiding..

So that is the set up then, the story rocks along from there, beautifully paced, intriguing themes digging into human nature abound, it is also a thrill ride of the highest order with many moments where you want to clutch your head. Really the best kind of thriller because it offers so many nuances, both in mystery element and character substance that just makes it a perfect storm of a read. Plus there is an actual storm when things could get really really sticky for our “good” guys and there is a puppy. I mean REALLY what more could you ask for?

Personally I adored the immersive style of it and descriptively it made me shiver – you really felt like you were stuck in that snowy landscape right along with the protagonists, nowhere to run and everything to lose. The relationship dynamics were utterly compelling, I thought the world set up if you like was pure brilliance – especially in relation to the “hostiles” – even without the benefit of book one it all came into sharp wonderful focus, you did not feel at all lost along the way.

Overall a banging read – adored it. It is set so there could be many more stories from Rockton – my obsession now is Matthias – TELL ME MORE ABOUT HIM – I’m a little in love.

Highly Recommended for fans of intelligent, character driven thrillers with heart.

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