Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Book Review)
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
Published: July 2014
Goodreads Star Rating: 5/5
I read this for the Slowathon Readathon that is currently happening from the 12th to 18th of September 2016.
Even though I was reading this book for the #Slowathon, I became very hooked to the story and mystery behind it all.
This book follows a girl who discovers that she is the daughter of serial killers, she is in disbelief and the people from her life pretty much shun her away, her fiance believes that protecting everything from her hoping it would make everything go away, but Olivia doesn't believe it. Her life as a socialite ended the minute she discovered her birth parents and with the paparazzi continuing to follow her, she has no other choice but the leave Chicago. She arrives in a town called Cainsville, where the residents know who Olivia are and help her through her time in town. Olivia makes contact with her biological mother and she requests Olivia to help them, Olivia starts getting interested in the last murder that her parents were supposedly convicted, as she starts getting deeper into the case other people are involved to stop her no matter what.
I was hooked from start to finish, Olivia's determination to know what happened to Jan Gunderson and Peter Evans death was interesting to get into but not only about their death but it does have an Urban Fantasy element included in the plot, Olivia is superstitious and living in Cainsville her superstition contributes to the case.
The mystery of the town and the locals is intriguing and I hope it continues in the rest of the series. The locals know one another and there is a secret that is hiding from the readers about their intention towards Olivia and her parents murder trial.
It is a thrilling and mysterious book, I highly recommend it to anyone and especially Kelley Armstrong herself. I have read books by Kelley Armstrong for a very long time and I always revert back to her, she has such an imaginative world she creates in her books, her interpretation to the supernatural world as well as the folklore is captivating. She is an author that I admire and respect who puts so much detail from the original and reinventing it to be more interesting and fascinating to readers who don't usually look it up.
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