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Olivia's world is shattered when she finds out that she's adopted and her real parents are notorious serial killers, each still serving a life sentence.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9780307360526
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 17, 2018

Great opening novel to the Cainsville series!

I'm a fan of Kelley's from reading the Otherworld series, and she has transitioned well into a new world. The characters are intriguing and the paranormal aspect is quite different from anything I've read previously which was refreshing.

Looking forward to starting the others.

Nov 20, 2017

A whodunit steeped in paranormal elements. Great characters and a cracking plot are the draw here.

Robbie1321 May 06, 2017

I disliked this book and did not finish it. I struggled through more than half the novel, hoping for improvement in the content, when I finally snapped it closed, angry with myself from the effort. I guess tales of the paranormal are not my thing. The characters were shallow with no depth to the story. There was very little emotional content and can only qualify it as a bad read.

Sep 16, 2016

A subtly eerie novel with almost gentle forebodings. A smooth read.

Sep 05, 2015

Fast paced with good wit. Liked that there weren't drawn-out sexual trysts. The author developed of an intriguing story line - much different from the usual classic themes. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Cynthia_N Nov 07, 2014

Great start to a new series. Looking forward to the next one.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "The first of a series I'm really going to enjoy. Olivia Taylor-Jones discovers she is actually Eden Larsen, a daughter of convicted serial killers. She is trying to confirm if they are really guilty or not. Her new town, Cainsville, is full of wonderful mysteries."

May 14, 2014

I love this book. I love that it is not bogged down with romance and the characters were all very mature. Maybe a few were eccentric, but definitely all adult. The plot was amazing and suspenseful and it wasn't real heavy on the paranormal either. It didn't need to go overboard. The story was solid on its own. Very excited to see what the next one will reveal!

Apr 28, 2014

There are a lot of hidden twists and turns in the plot. It will take awhile for everything to become untangled and this is just the start. I certainly didn't engage with the characters as quickly as I did with the women of otherworld series.

KateHillier Mar 14, 2014

I am actually pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did! I've never really been drawn to Armstrong's work before but this was really interesting and a great, fast read. I couldn't put my iPad down.

Olivia Taylor-Jones has the life. Privileged upbringing, an Ivy League education, and is ready to be married in a month. That all comes crashing down when it is revealed that not only is she adopted, she is the child of famed serial killers Todd and Pamela Larsen. When her finace and her mother are less than supportive as she would like she strikes off on her own to the small town of Cainsville and ends up looking to prove if her birth parents really are murderers.

Olivia is very relatable. Her actions and reactions I can easily see myself doing or having and they all make sense. She's been brought up privileged but she's far from a spoiled rich girl and absolutely refuses to take the easy way out by calling her mom or taking her mother's money.

I also love her interactions with lawyer Gabriel Walsh. They both know how to act and manipulate to get what they want and there is a great partnership and teamwork here. They are so similar but so different and that works out perfectly for their work together.

There is a supernatural bent here but, being as this is book one, it is very small and it's not the same as Armstrong's other books. It's a lot more of a slow burn mystery so consider yourselves warned if you're looking for something similar to her other works. Do give it a try though. As I said, it's a fun and easy read and I'm certainly eagerly awaiting the next one!

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Mar 15, 2018

“Also, the killing of small animals is the entrance ramp onto the serial killer superhighway. Damn. I bet the cat knows that. He picked me because I can't hurt him, or I'd be fulfilling my biological destiny. So I'm screwed. The cat stays. Unless you'll kill him...How does fifty bucks sound?”

Mar 15, 2018

“My nephew is a manipulative, scheming, unscrupulous son of a bitch. And those are his good qualities.”

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May 17, 2018

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May 14, 2014

Olivia Jones is from a wealthy family. With her father gone she follows in her mother's footsteps. She immerses herself in philanthropy. And of course there is James. Her equally rich boyfriend. Just as she is sorting through his ambition to become senator and her desire to finish school, she learns she is adopted.

She is actually the only daughter of the Larson's. A child of serial killers. The mother and father duo were tried individually and convicted in the deaths of 8 people. Now they served consecutive life sentences in prison. Pamela Larson publicizes the reunion she desires with Olivia. With all the eyes of Chicago looking for her, Olivia bolts.

First she finds her way to a few bad motels and then to Cainsville. It's a very small town. Mostly the retired sort it seemed. Gargoyles were perched and hidden all over town. Although she couldn't quite figure it out, she knew something was a little different here.

Olivia connects with a shady attorney and together they chase evidence, clues and a few bad guys. Determined to find out if the Larson couple is innocent or guilty. She may even learn a thing or two about herself. About the parents she didn't know she had.


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