Review: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1)

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Review: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1)City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Casey Duncan #1
Published On: January 2016
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Maturity Level: Adult - violence and sexual content
5 Stars
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Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. Since then she’s become a talented police detective, tethered only to her job, her best friend, Diana, and the occasional evening with her sexy, no-strings-attached ex-con lover, Kurt. But then Diana's abusive ex finds her again, despite all Casey has done to help her disappear. And Casey’s own dark past begins to catch up with her. The two women need to run—and Diana’s heard of a place where they won’t be found, a town especially for people like them…


I love these covers. They aren’t the typical pretty girl in a pretty dress. They’re simple and they work.

Initial Thoughts

I love Kelley Armstrong and after reading some of the Nadia Stafford series, I knew she could write mystery/thriller just as good as she can write paranormal. I had VERY high expectations here.

My New BFF

I’d be bff’s with Casey in a heartbeat. I though she was an incredible main character! Even though she has this horrible past, she eventually starts moving past it and living her life. I loved how loyal she was to her best friend too even though she really had no reason to be. She uprooted her life just to go to a secluded town in the middle of nowhere just because her friend wanted her too. That’s pretty loyal. I just felt like I could easily connect with her and that made the book so much easier to read.

My Crush

Another easy one. I feel in love with Eric as soon as he showed up. It sucked though because you never even suspect who the murderer is and sometimes you start having doubts about Eric even though you don’t want to. The whole time reading I kept thinking: “It’s him. He did it.”, “No way he did it he can’t.”, “Kelley please don’t do this to me.”. Was he the murderer? I can’t tell you! But he’s a very interesting character and I would have loved him no matter how the ending turned out.

Writing Style

I love everything Kelley writes but I find her especially good at writing mystery even though she doesn’t do it often. I just find that she’s good at keeping the story unpredictable and she’s always keeping you guessing. Her characters are always well developed and lovable, no matter what she writes. The plot moves very quickly while still giving you lots of information and details.

Closing Thoughts

I loved this book. Is it going to be a series maybe? I wish I knew. It would do fine as a standalone too so maybe that’s the direction she’s heading in but I really want to know more about these crazy characters and the little town she created here. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something a little different. It definitely helped to get me out of a reading slump.

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