Sunday, August 23
Book Review: Visions
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Summary: Omens, the first instalment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.
Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.
Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?
Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed
My Rating: 8.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: While I found the pace to be slower in the first half of the book, it was worth it, as there's a lot of information given out, there's a lot to process and piece together, but it does help build up to the ending and towards the entire series. While it doesn't end with a cliff hanger, it does have you wanting to immediately start the next book.
I'm loving the folklore that has been interwoven into the book, I find it very interesting and it's refreshing to read this element of the speculative genre, compared to what else is out there. I think the author has done an amazing job at entwining it into the story. I can't say much more about that, to avoid spoilers, but it is interesting. I also find the omens side of things to be a different element to the series, it's a small portion, but it does add some different to the story compared to other mystery/thrillers.
A lot happens in the book, some great character development, although I did find the conflict between Gabriel and Olivia to be a bit tedious at times. I also enjoyed the insight on some of the other Cainsville characters. Again, I can't say much more about them, because of spoilers, but some interesting pieces come together in the book.
The ending was fantastic and it sets up for what will be a great third book in the series. Fantastic read all around.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes. If you enjoy mysteries and/or thrillers, with a small, paranormal twist, this is the book for you.
What to read next: Deceptions - next book in the series!
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