A Darkness Absolute

A Darkness Absolute

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. What she didn't expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers. Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff's deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who's been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it's an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that ... before another victim goes missing. Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ́—́Ư2017.
ISBN: 9781410498830
Branch Call Number: LT F ARM
Characteristics: 591 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
large print.


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ArapahoeLesley Oct 29, 2017

Quite repetitive and a bit too long but that didn't ruin it for me. I still very much like the characters and I like the setting I'll definitely keep going with the series.

readrater May 03, 2017

Like this book and series - keeps you guessing!

Apr 16, 2017

A fantastic, action-packed thriller. Highly recommended.

ehbooklover Apr 09, 2017

I have read several Kelley Armstrong titles and I have to say that this particular series has quickly become a favourite of mine. I love the concept of a secret town where people go to escape their past. I also really enjoy the characters. The relationships, both positive and negative, that develop in such an isolated, harsh, and unique environment are one of the main reasons that I can't put these books down. A fun, fast-paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat!

Apr 03, 2017

A Darkness Absolute is the second Rockton offering from Armstrong. Heads up: this is a romance novel front and center, thinly disguised as a thriller. Any establishment of a suspenseful, threatening atmosphere is wholly quashed again and again by Eric and Casey's continual lovey-dovey, puppy-mommy obsessions. Considering the potential, this is a pitiful result, with the squandering of the Yukon setting especially sad.

Mar 29, 2017

Rockton is a rumor. A maybe place if you are in trouble. If you are in deep trouble but lucky, you find it is more than a rumor. A small town totally off the grid in the harsh environs of the Yukon. A town originally meant for someone fleeing an abusive spouse, a stalker, someone wrongly accused or convicted of a non-violent crime. Later Rockton changes some, with maybe a hit man, murderer, or a sex offender; but always someone who pays very well, inserted into town and past Sheriff Eric Dalton and his small department. But eventually Dalton will find out the true crime behind the false entry crime.

Eric is a dictator, answering only to the off-site council. He has to be to keep the residents safe. If you go into the forest you are put on wood chopping detail. If you go stir crazy and run, you are hunted down and returned. It's too dangerous in the forest. There are settlers, mostly former residents or their descendants who live even more off the grid and are neither friendly nor welcoming. Then there are the hostiles. Considered to be more animal than human, no one knows what they really are. But most of all the forest itself is dangerous. Not trying to kill you, just not caring about you.

While Eric has flown south on a supply run, one of the residents makes a run for it. Det. Casey Duncan and deputy Will Anders decide to go after him. After a blizzard hits, they take shelter in a cave where they make the nightmarish, yet welcome discovery of a young woman who has spent the last year as a prisoner in a hole in the cave. This woman had been termed a runner. After an extensive search and with convincing evidence of her death turning up, the woman had been declared dead.

The remains are found of two more women missing from years ago and Rockton is turned upside down with fear. Tentative contacts with wary settlers, harsh weather, and an outside ruling council hinder investigations. No one can face the idea of contact with a hostile. Except for one man who would like one "to study".

Once again I was sucked into this lost town. Although I might not want to move to Rockton as I wish to do with Three Pines. Armstrong created a world that is both compelling and unsettling. The characters, including the minor characters are fascinating, each with their own story to hide. The romance between Eric and Casey is sweet, watching two loners navigate the perils of a true relationship. This is a stellar follow up to City of the Lost. It will be a long wait until the third book comes out.

Mar 06, 2017

This is the 2nd book in this series. Interesting premise of a hidden town in the Yukon where people on the run can come to live. Add to that a mysterious council that runs the town, and the dangerous settlers and hostiles that live in the forest surrounding the town ( don't go into the woods ). Even though this is a suspenseful mystery, it's written with quirky characters and clever dialogue that makes it easy and fun to read.

Loved it well worth the wait. No supernatural elements, good who-done-it mystery. Looking forward to the next one, and where the suspicions/discoveries about the different groups will lead us. Recommend this book, you should read the first one (city of the lost) first.

Feb 22, 2017

An exciting second installment in the Casey Duncan series. This story is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. If you haven't read City of the Lost, read it first. There are lots of references back to that part of the character's stories. Armstrong delivers with another edge of your seat read.


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