Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

visionsTitle: Visions

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Cainsville #2

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Summary (from Goodreads)

Omens, the first installment 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.

Review

I’ve said it many times before that I love Kelley Armstrong’s writing. Her characters are engaging, her plots twisting and turning, but above all it’s just such good fun.

Visions doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Despite the fantastical premise, which is revealed more and more as this instalment goes on, the characters are such real people – and the kind of people you’d like to know. Even Gabriel with his dubious morals and strange values is the sort of guy I can imagine wishing I knew better.

The psychology of the relationships – particularly Gabriel and Olivia’s – is so spot on as well. I totally buy their interactions and their insecurities with each other. And though I’m usually the first to ship the first potential suitor a female lead comes across, I must say that I really enjoyed Olivia’s relationship with Ricky. Once again, psychologically, it made perfect sense.

The mystery is both intriguing on the ‘who is leaving dead bodies in Olivia’s car?’ sense, but also in that it’s tied intricately with the mystery of Cainsville. I’m really pleased that Olivia made good steps towards solving that mystery – as it could have been really annoying to have the intrigue dragged out too much. But Armstrong manages to maintain a perfect balance of giving the reader answers while leaving some questions still there to keep the pages turning.

I don’t know if this is intended to be a trilogy or a series (many ‘trilogies’ I think I’m reading have turned out to be series lately) but there’s certainly plenty left to sustain interest. In a way, I hope the next book is the last, as I’m desperate to know what happens. The mystery of Olivia’s parents still looms large, and with the introduction of potential antagonist Tristan in this book, there’s lots that has me itching to keep reading.

Rating: 5/5

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