Omens by Kelley Armstrong


Yep, that’s right, there’s another Kelley Armstrong book out this year, and that’s not it! I believe there are two more to comer this year.

Anyway, onto the actual book. It’s a brand new series from the author, and a very intriguing one at that. before it was released a new app was rolled out (unfortunately not free) which introduces us to the now familiar setting of Cainsville. The app itself has you playing as a private detective and you need to unravel the possible murder of the character’s ex-boyfriend. It also introduces us to Todd and Pamela Larson, and their daughter Eden. Very clever.

For you see, Omens follows Olivia Taylor-Jones. She comes from a rich family, she’s engaged  and she does a lot of volunteer work – because her mother says she should leave the paying jobs for those who need it. Only, she gets a call from her mother to come home immediately and Olivia does so, only to find out she’s not Olivia, or at least she wasn’t born Olivia.

She was Eden Larsen, the long-lost daughter of Chicago’s most notorious serial killers.

Just like that everything changed, and after a run in with journalists and an unfortunate experience at a motel, she found herself in the gargoyle laden town of Cainsville.

I love Armstrong’s books. I get excited for every release, but lately I’ve had a problem with her books, they just don’t seem to end. every book has a story arc, even if they’re part of a series, but lately that ending just seems to be missing. This book might be the one to change that.

It was a good solid book, with an engaging story and interesting characters and best of all, a proper ending. Anyway, Cainsville is full of intrigue and quirks and the characters are almost as mysterious as the town itself. Gabriel Walsh, a hard stoic man, inevitably gets softer as the book on while Olivia willingly gets stuck into a life without money.

They’re partnership was good and simple, both of them were using each other and neither was going to apologise for it. Actually, this is something I found refreshing. They knew the type of person they were working with and didn’t expect anything different, there’s a coldness to each of these characters, which I think comes out of necessity for Gabriel and perhaps it was her upbringing for Olivia.

Dotted throughout the entire book are hints of folklore and myth and this helps make the book addictive. Olivia can see omens (hence the name) and with every one there’s an explanation as to what it means or a bit of history about its background. Then there’s something mysterious going on in the town, with ravens popping up, a peculiar black cat and glimpses of a supernatural world that Olivia is unaware of.

I feel that the story moves fast enough, but the person who ended up being responsible for the crime was a bit obvious. Yet, the action sort of scene at the end was very well written, as can be expected from Armstrong, and clever.

In the acknowledgement let a bit of insecurity slip out. She thanked the readers of her Otherworld series for picking this book up and giving it a chance. To which I would like to say, and I don’t know if I speak for anyone else but I definitely speak for myself, I didn’t read the Otherworld series because it was the Otherworld, I read them because of the author, and the same goes for this book. Stick the name Kelley Armstrong on something and I will always read it. So thank you Armstrong, for releasing another series that looks very promising.


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