Book Review: City of the Lost – Kelley Armstrong

city of the lostTitle: City of the Lost
Author: Kelley Armstrong
ISBN: 9781250092144
Pages: 416
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime Fiction
Source: Publisher


Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret in her past that she’d like to make sure stays hidden. But when her past catches up with her, and that secret threatens to explode,  she knows that she has to run. The question is where? When Diana, Casey’s best friend who’s also escaping a dark past, hears about a small town in the middle of nowhere that people can go to disappear, she convinces a reluctant Casey that this is the place for them. But when they finally make contact, things aren’t as Casey predicted, and it turns out they have a need for someone experienced with solving murder cases.


When I heard that Kelley Armstrong was penning a new series, I was immediately intrigued. I love the way she writes dark, moody atmospheres, and she is so great with mysteries. I eagerly sat down with City of the Lost and I didn’t come up for air until I’d read the entire thing. It was gripping, with incredibly written characters and central storyline that left me guessing until the very end.

Let me be clear: City of the Lost isn’t exactly a believable novel. If you need your books to mirror reality, if reading about a thing that is utterly implausible causes you to not enjoy that thing, then this is not the book for you. Armstrong is a master at creating atmosphere and really bringing you into her world. You’re not supposed to take the time to think about how believable it is; for the entire novel, I was hooked on the story she was presenting, and I loved every minute of it. Yes, it isn’t exactly realistic, but it’s incredibly fun to read and experience.

I absolutely loved the character of Casey in City of the Lost. She genuinely wants to do the right thing and take care of the people around her; she’s a good person, even if she’s as tough as nails. There’s no doubt that Casey can take care of herself, and she does so very well. But it’s also nice to watch her start depending on and leaning on other people, especially to get through the more difficult times. She can be alone. She can take care of herself. But there is value in being vulnerable to others, and it’s great to watch Casey open herself up to that.

City of the Lost was the exact book I needed to read when I was reading it. I’d just come off a bit of a reading slump and could not find a book that could keep my attention. I wanted so badly to just sit down and be fully absorbed by a book, but nothing was keeping my attention. But then I found City of the Lost and I just was so engrossed; it reminded me of the value of the fictional worlds we find ourselves in and how important that escape is for me. I cannot wait for the next book in this series and to see where Casey finds herself next.

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