Title: City of the Lost Author: Kelley Armstrong Published: January 14th 2016 by Sphere Format: Paperback, 352 pages Genre: Thriller Series: Casey Duncan #1
Well, she fooled me with this one. All the clues pointed to the other guy, yet, they also pointed to the actual murderer.
Casey Duncan is playing roulette with her life. She confesses that she murdered a man to several therapists hoping that she can find one that will go around their oath and report her. She does not feel guilty for the murder, her boyfriend had left her in an alley when his drug deal soured and the men beat her within inches of her death. Once able to leave the hospital, she confronted him, unfortunately the gun went off.
Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from an abusive ex. All Diana talks about is an idyllic off the grid town that harbors people that need to disappear. A place that is available to them for a few years as a sort of reprieve where they can shed their old lives. Imagine no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. After the interview process, they discover that the town will only take Diana if Casey goes with her. This is not in Homicide Detective Casey Duncan’s plans, but she will play along for six months to get Diana settled.
Rockton is beyond isolated in the Yukon wilderness which begin to lead to problems all of their own. Drugs and alcohol are rampant. Women will resort to whatever means to earning credits and this puts Casey in a very precarious position with the townsfolk. Turns out that this town is also in need of a police detective, they have a murderer on the loose and Sheriff Eric Dalton needs help.
Everyone in Rockton has a secret. No one is who or what they seem. People are going to die. The town council has their own agenda and once again, Casey will put her life on the line not realizing that she was being played the whole time.