Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

“A friend helps you move; a real friend helps you move a body.”

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Olivia Taylor Jones is the only daughter of wealthy department store owners and engaged to a man well on his way into a career with politics. When she discovers that she was adopted, and that her real parents are a notorious serial killer due currently in prison, it sends her life into a tailspin. Completely shedding her old life, Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville where she meets her birth mothers appeal lawyer Gabriel. Together they investigate the final murder in order to see if her parents are really innocent.

“A Bad Omen is a warning. A sign to stop and reconsider. Proceed with caution.”

Kelley Armstrong is one of my all time favorite authors. Her Women of the Otherworld series is my all time favorite PNR series and I’ll read anything this woman writes. Omens is a little different from her usual genre. I would classify it as a mystery with paranormal elements and has potential for romance in the next installments of the series. This is not a paranormal romance novel in the strictest sense.

I really enjoyed this book, despite a very slow pacing there was not one moment when I was bored. Normally when books are slower I end up quitting but I was enthralled throughout the entire book. It’s not my favorite book by this author but I can feel that it has set up a lot for future books in the series. This book was like the tip of the iceberg and there is much more to come.

So if you like mysteries with strange elements, this is for you. And I’m crossing my fingers for more romance in the next book.

“The hounds will come to Cainsville and when they do, you’ll wish you made a very different choice today.”


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