Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday Reviews - City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong for review, all opinions are my own.


Well, despite the fact that it took 2 weeks for me to finish this book, I did quite enjoy it!

The premise was very interesting, running away to a place where no one knows, disappearing from society. Plus, when that place begins to show signs of a serial killer?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is set in my home country, Canada, so that was a fun bonus! I don't know if I've read too many books set in Canada.

For the most part, I enjoyed the characters, they were deep, all very clearly troubled by their pasts. Some of the villagers were escaping abusive relationships, others crimes such as murder.

This was a thriller, and the main focus was finding out who the serial killer was. At first, I thought I knew, but as the story progressed, I became less and less sure. By the time it was halfway through, I had no idea. And when everything was revealed, I was not expecting that at all.

I did have a couple of problems with this book however. I felt like it was a little longer than it needed to be, there was a lot of nature teaching moments that felt unnecessary. I also didn't love how there was a large cast of "main characters." Maybe it's just because I took a break from reading it for a bit, but I had a hard time keeping some of the side characters straight. I also am a little unclear as to the motive of the killer, why they did what they did. Although I might have just glazed over a clear explanation.

Overall, good book, although not so much a thriller as a police-detective-meets-Canadian-nature-informative-novel.