A Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels, Book 2) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off the grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. What she didn't expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff's deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who's been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it's an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.
Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 35 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 07, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,935 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#135 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#146 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#540 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
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The two Casey Duncan novels represent something of a departure, while still being very much Kelley Armstrong books. There are strong relationships with matter of fact sexual connections and the friendships between women are nuanced and occasionally prickly, but the setting - a kind of sanctuary in Yukon for those who need to leave their lives for awhile - makes for a sometimes stark platform to examine crime, punishment, society, character and other meaty topics. I think the series is brilliantly done and really can't wait for the next installment.
This intricately plotted story features a cunning serial murderer who is hidden amongst red herrings. The pace is deliberate and slows in the middle, but takes off toward the end, almost as though in a rush to finish.
In “A Darkness Absolute” the female protagonist is ridden by angst, and her lover is solicitous to the point of being literally paralyzed when she’s injured. I prefer police procedurals with less angst, medium domestic/civilian drama and no telenovela melodrama. Plus, I prefer police characters who don’t indulge in crippling emotional crises that would disqualify them and/or get them dismissed from the force. However, I enjoyed reading about some newer and more colorful secondary-characters . . . and the Newfie puppy, of course.
I was concerned that the author would end this book on a cliffhanger, but happily, she tied up the murder-mystery threads. It is obvious there is another book coming, but I will probably pass on it.
The pacing is a little slower than the first novel, but still satisfactory. The reader gets to experience a slow burn of suspense. Similar to the first novel, the killer was not someone I suspected from the beginning, which I find to be an enjoyable feature.
I do have to say that I still see the character tropes in ADA that I mentioned in my initial review of City of the Lost. Those who are very familiar with Armstrong's work will continue to notice a pattern in the way that certain characters interact and approach their interpersonal relationships. It's not a huge detraction since the novel's case is individually interesting, but it does bring some predictability that might run weary after a while.
Overall, I'm a dedicated Armstrong fan, and I do enjoy the mysteries that she has been throwing at the Rockton characters, so I will continue with This Fallen Prey.
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I have read, and enjoyed, all of Kelley Armstrongs books. A common theme is the strong female lead and the concept of justice that is not necessarily served by the law.
The mystery keeps you interested and turning the pages. I did figure out whodunnit before the characters but there were some twisty bits to keep you on the edge of your seat. KA does an excellent job of describing the area and the life out in the wilderness too. All in all a very good book and one I would recommend. You probably should read this after CotL but its not strictly necessary.
Personally I enjoy Kelley's paranormal work more but I'm enjoying the rockton series and will definitely get the next one, especially after the teaser at the end.