Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Release date: August 19, 2014
Published by: Dutton Adult
Source: Provided by publisher
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As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

From the very first chapter I knew I was going to love this story. It had an intriguing, suspenseful mystery along with interesting new character additions and more clues about the supernatural elements that were hinted at in the debut. Surprisingly, it even had a bit of sex and romance. There were also implications that a deeper connection exists between Olivia and Gabriel and I can't wait to see how things develop between them in the third installment.

In Visions Olivia is coming to the realization that she is a pawn in a game where she doesn't know the rules and knows little of who the other players are or what they want from her. She also discovers that the elders of Cainsville are withholding all of the answers she needs and that they aren't going to part with them willingly. 

Luckily, Olivia is a clever girl and she slowly begins to unravel Cainsville's mysteries. While there are still many, many questions that remain and we're still only given a vague idea as to what exactly is going on, we certainly know much more than we did at the conclusion of Omens.

Another thing I enjoyed about this story was Gabriel's character development. We're given glimpses into who he really is and what he's all about. Don't get me wrong, there is still an air of mystery surrounding Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Secretive, but it was nice to see him open up just a little.

If you're an Armstrong fan or just a paranormal junkie looking for something different to read, then you'll want to pick up this series. 
Thank you, Kelley Armstrong. You always make me happy.


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