12/21/13

Omens

Author: Kelley Armstrong 
Pages: 496 
Publisher: Random House 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. 

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens. 


Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past. 

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.



My Summary: In this first installment of her new Cainsville series, Kelley Armstrong introduces us to another one of her trademark kick-ass characters: Olivia Taylor-Jones, the daughter of two rich and powerful Chicago socialites... or so she thought. It appears as if Olivia has everything she could every want - until her fairy-tale life is ripped out from underneath her, and she discovers that not only is she adopted, but her birth parents are allegedly serial killers.

Shut out by her adoptive parents, Olivia has no choice but to run - and in doing so, ends up in the mysterious small town of Cainsville, where nothing is what it seems. 

My Thoughts: I absolutely adored this novel! It was a great ride, and to be honest I'd expect nothing less from Kelley Armstrong. Olivia was an extremely well-developed character, as well as Gabriel and the other citizens of Cainsville. I loved that information is revealed in little tidbits to the reader - it kept me guessing throughout the novel, wondering what could possibly be going on behind the cheery exterior of the tiny town, and how exactly it related to Olivia's parents and their alleged crime spree. 

I liked that - like Olivia herself - you didn't know which character you could trust. It kept me on the edge on my seat while reading, and also made the ride that much more twisted. 

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great mystery or suspense read, as well as fans of the paranormal genre - and of course, fans of Kelley Armstrong! 

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