A Cainsville Novel

Book - 2013
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Sep 15, 2018

Good pace, and I liked how she didn't expect to trust him, but did eventually.

What I didn't like was how formulaic the romance seemed to be. Obviously both are good-looking, obviously both are smart and effective and driven, obviously they would get together. It seemed shallow.

Also, keep in mind this is the first book to a series. Read as a standalone, the plot seems to be all over the place, but by the end, it's clear that we were introduced to the overarching plot in which there are smaller episodes to be resolved.

May 17, 2018

Great opening novel to the Cainsville series!

I'm a fan of Kelley's from reading the Otherworld series, and she has transitioned well into a new world. The characters are intriguing and the paranormal aspect is quite different from anything I've read previously which was refreshing.

Looking forward to starting the others.

Nov 20, 2017

A whodunit steeped in paranormal elements. Great characters and a cracking plot are the draw here.

Robbie1321 May 06, 2017

I disliked this book and did not finish it. I struggled through more than half the novel, hoping for improvement in the content, when I finally snapped it closed, angry with myself from the effort. I guess tales of the paranormal are not my thing. The characters were shallow with no depth to the story. There was very little emotional content and can only qualify it as a bad read.

Sep 16, 2016

A subtly eerie novel with almost gentle forebodings. A smooth read.

Sep 05, 2015

Fast paced with good wit. Liked that there weren't drawn-out sexual trysts. The author developed of an intriguing story line - much different from the usual classic themes. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Cynthia_N Nov 07, 2014

Great start to a new series. Looking forward to the next one.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "The first of a series I'm really going to enjoy. Olivia Taylor-Jones discovers she is actually Eden Larsen, a daughter of convicted serial killers. She is trying to confirm if they are really guilty or not. Her new town, Cainsville, is full of wonderful mysteries."

May 14, 2014

I love this book. I love that it is not bogged down with romance and the characters were all very mature. Maybe a few were eccentric, but definitely all adult. The plot was amazing and suspenseful and it wasn't real heavy on the paranormal either. It didn't need to go overboard. The story was solid on its own. Very excited to see what the next one will reveal!

Apr 28, 2014

There are a lot of hidden twists and turns in the plot. It will take awhile for everything to become untangled and this is just the start. I certainly didn't engage with the characters as quickly as I did with the women of otherworld series.

KateHillier Mar 14, 2014

I am actually pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did! I've never really been drawn to Armstrong's work before but this was really interesting and a great, fast read. I couldn't put my iPad down.

Olivia Taylor-Jones has the life. Privileged upbringing, an Ivy League education, and is ready to be married in a month. That all comes crashing down when it is revealed that not only is she adopted, she is the child of famed serial killers Todd and Pamela Larsen. When her finace and her mother are less than supportive as she would like she strikes off on her own to the small town of Cainsville and ends up looking to prove if her birth parents really are murderers.

Olivia is very relatable. Her actions and reactions I can easily see myself doing or having and they all make sense. She's been brought up privileged but she's far from a spoiled rich girl and absolutely refuses to take the easy way out by calling her mom or taking her mother's money.

I also love her interactions with lawyer Gabriel Walsh. They both know how to act and manipulate to get what they want and there is a great partnership and teamwork here. They are so similar but so different and that works out perfectly for their work together.

There is a supernatural bent here but, being as this is book one, it is very small and it's not the same as Armstrong's other books. It's a lot more of a slow burn mystery so consider yourselves warned if you're looking for something similar to her other works. Do give it a try though. As I said, it's a fun and easy read and I'm certainly eagerly awaiting the next one!

Feb 07, 2014

i couldn't put this book down! i absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one to come out!

Jan 25, 2014

i cant wait for book 2. this book was surprisingly good. usually i cant read anything other than fantasy but this was a well written book

ehbooklover Jan 13, 2014

An atmospheric and spooky thriller with some great characters, especially the attractive and mysterious Gabriel. A promising start to a new series for Canadian author Kelley Armstrong.

Jan 07, 2014

I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong's work but I picked this book up thinking it was going to be small paranormal romantic novel. I was definitely wrong it's a whole lot more. This book is more of a mystery packed adventure that slithers over to the paranormal side. I absolutely loved it and can't wait for more.

Oct 23, 2013

A promising start to a new series. I hope we're not left waiting too long for the next book.

boomannis Sep 18, 2013

For me this book was Amazing, I've read both her YA books and her adult books which i have liked all the way through, but this one for me blew me away, the characters were fantastic, the intrigue of each one, wondering who they are and what part the play in the scheme of leaves so much anticipation for the next book to learn more. i am a big reader but rarely do i read a book in a day and a half but that was exactly what i did with this one. so i would say if your a fan of Kelley Armstrong or not its a great read, my personal rating 9.5 out of 10

amodolo Sep 06, 2013

Really loved this book, I've read one of her teen novels before and it was enjoyable but I think her adult writing is more to my style. There were definitely parts that left me wanting more, which is why this is a series, and I hope that she goes more in depth with the next books. The characters were intriguing and I loved the mystery, it is what kept me up reading late at night. And the further I got the more intriguing everything was.

Aug 22, 2013

I enjoyed this new book by Kelley Armstrong, but I certainly don't think it lived up to the publicity hype leading up to its release. The main characters are intriguing, but the story didn't go as deep as some other similar books that I've read. I hope the next books in the Cainsville series have a little more depth. I also hope the editing tightens up (I found two editing errors which drives me crazy)!

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