A Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Thriller (city Of The Lost 2) by Kelley ArmstrongA Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Thriller (city Of The Lost 2) by Kelley Armstrong

A Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Thriller (city Of The Lost 2)

byKelley Armstrong

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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People disappear to Rockton so no-one can find them. But the trouble is people also disappear from Rockton. New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author and master of thrills Kelley Armstrong returns to Rockton for more page-turning suspense, following her #1 national bestseller, City of the Lost.

It's winter in Rockton, a little town hidden deep in the wilds of the Yukon. The town exists for people who need to escape their pasts, though it's not clear if those in hiding are victims or perpetrators. Or, when the lines gets blurred, maybe both. Ask Casey. She's been used, betrayed, beaten. But she's also killed someone. She moved to Rockton to help her best friend, Diana. Ex-best friend. Diana lied to get Casey to come with her; she used her and she almost got her killed. But Casey decided to stay anyway, to work as a detective alongside her new boyfriend and the town's sheriff, Eric Dalton. Fresh off solving a series of grisly murders, Casey and Deputy Will Anders get stranded in a blizzard while they're tracking a runner from the town. Seeking shelter in a cave, they stumble across a woman who's been imprisoned in a deep well. Nicole Chavez--whom everybody thought had run away from town and died in the woods more than a year earlier--is alive. Barely. But she can't identify her captor: she's never seen his face.
     Was she taken by one of the hostiles who inhabit the wilderness around the town? Or is Casey facing something even worse? In a town where everyone lies about their past and lives under assumed identities, it's very easy to hide your true nature...
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of the thirteen-book Women of the Otherworld series, the Nadia Stafford crime novels and a quintet of novels set in the fictional town of Cainsville, Illinois, which so far includes Omens, Visions, Deceptions and Betrayals. The first novel in her new thriller series, City of th...
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Title:A Darkness Absolute: A Rockton Thriller (city Of The Lost 2)Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.27 × 6.24 × 1.51 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345811887

ISBN - 13:9780345811882

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Book 2 was even better then book 1! Love all the characters in these books.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Good book and with a great Canadian setting! Armstrong always seems to pull one over on you on the "whodunnit" side of things. Makes you think one way just to get to the end and shove in your face it's been there all along since the beginning! Looking forward to a third in this series
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything and more This is by far her best series to date. The characters of Casey and Eric are perfect, with enough depth and interest to keep the series going for many books to come. The thriller aspect has some very interesting twists and turns and Armstrong describes each scene in a way that makes you feel like you are there. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic This is truly what dreams are made of...
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequal Was happy to find out more info on the council and the other people living in the forest. Unfortunately and fortunately depending on how you look at it, I ended up with more questions by the end then I had reading City of the Lost (especially about the hostiles). Can't wait for 2018 to read her third book in the Rocktown series - This Fallen Prey
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book picked this up on a whim and loved it!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just like the first book... I LOVED IT Much like the first book I could not put it down! Such a great read! Kelley Armstrong captivates you throughout the entire book and makes you want more! I cannot wait for more from this series. It is so different than her others, but even better!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It sucked me in! I loved this book even more than the first. It completely captivated my attention and I was unable to put it down until I had finished it. The ending was fantastic and I can't wait to see where Kelley Armstrong is going to take us with the next book.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Great mystery. I loved it even more than the first. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I absolutely loved it!! I read the first one, couldn't put it down. This one, same thing. Could NOT stop!! Kelley Armstrong is an excellent author. I love the main characters and how she always keeps you guessing. You think you have it figured out but you don't....so keep reading!!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent She definitely did it again. love how she builds on her characters. Makes you love and hate them. Not predictable. Great storyline.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel Loved the sequel, never wanted to put the book down!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid read! Armstrong stays true to her characters and gave me exactly what I expected from her in this novel. I am a real fan of her writing!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Sequel! One of my absolute favourite authors and my favourite in the Rockton series so far. Rockton is a secretive place in the Yukon where people go to hide from their troubling pasts. Their stay is often because they want to disappear from their life and start over when they return. Set in the winter, Casey is searching for a man who is hunting her and he is staking her. Thrilling to say the least and a mystery that has kept me at the edge of my seat. The best part of this was that I had the physical book to read from start to finish, unlike the preceding City of the Lost that I read through 6 weeks as an e-serial! Both of them were just as fun and can also be read on its own. However, if you're interested to how Casey came to Rockton, or the town in general, of course reading the book before would be ideal. And should be read because it's great too.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Could not put this book down. Just loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent addition to the series Some people like to get out of town for the night, others for a weekend and then there are those who need to get out of town forever, to disappear. Rockton is the place that they disappear to. It's a small town hidden in the wilds of the Yukon; where it's residents live off the grid in isolation. Former Detective Casey Duncan moved to town to escape her past and to solve a murder. She has just started to settle in when a missing person case slams into her. This is the second book in the series and Casey, Eric and Will have found their stride as law enforcement in this northern town. While they have grown to trust each other, they continue to untangle the mass of secrets and lies upon which the town is structured. All of which make finding the perpetrator of the latest crime(s) very unlikely. I liked A Darkness Absolute even more than I enjoyed the first book, City of the Lost. Casey, Eric and the townsfolk felt more this people and less like book characters. While reading the first book, I had more of a summer camp feeling about town, where as now, it evoked more a wild west, frontier town image, more permanent. This llatest crime was no cookie cutter felony that could be solved by out of the book techniques; Casey had to employ some out of the box thinking to get to the bottom of the disappearances. Even though I had an inkling of who might be the perpetrator, I wasn't sure why, just that I had a creepy feeling about him/her. I was kept guessing up till the conclusion. I am still mystified about the motives of several of the towns people. Ms. Armstrong gives us more details about some of the residents, but she also adds further mystery about the distant council. Author Kelley Armstrong has written a solid second book to the Casey Duncan series and I certainly hope she doesn't stop here. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic mystery/thriller!!!!!!!!!!!!! A Darkness Absolute is the 2nd book in the Casey Duncan mystery/thriller series. City of The Lost is the first book. Kelley Armstrong is one of my top favorite authors. I loved City of the Lost, so A Darkness Absolute was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. And I was not disappointed. I would definitely recommend that you read City of The Lost first. Yes this book could technically be read as a standalone. There is a self-contained mystery. However, book one was the set-up for this book. You get the back story of a lot of the characters. The premise is explained in detail. Yes, the author does rehash some of the details from book one. But I personally feel that you will be missing out on a lot of the backstory if you read this book without reading the prior one first. The narrator of this book is once again Casey. She is a 31 year old detective. The book is again set in the Yukon in the town of Rockton. Rockton is a secret off the grid town. It is supposed to be a safe haven for people in hiding. I really enjoyed the mystery in A Darkness Absolute. The story is a little bit dark. But I personally didn't find it that dark. This book is full of twists and turns. I really found the plot to be extremely well thought out and not at all easy to predict. I read a lot of books. And I have started to read a lot of thrillers. To me it was not easy to guess what would happen next and I had no idea who the guilty party would be. We get to see a lot of familiar characters in book two. I especially enjoyed Sheriff Eric Dalton. He became Casey's love interest in the last book. And I definitely enjoy how they work together. And their romance is intriguing. Once again we get to see Isabel (owner of a local bar), Will (deputy), Jacob (Eric's brother), Diana, Petra and many others (both new and old characters). It is interesting to see how all of the different people in the area interact. Especially the people from Rockton, the settlers (the people who don't live in Rockton), and the hostiles. The mystery centers on a young Rockton resident named Nicole who had been missing for a while. I really enjoyed this mystery a lot. The story was thrilling and I could not put it down. I had no idea what would happen next. And I could not wait to find out how the book would end. This was a wonderful sequel to City of The Lost. These books are must reads!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast-Paced Thriller -- Loved it! A Darkness Absolute, the second book in the Rockton series. I love Mysteries, especially when they are written like a Thriller. If you've read 'City of the Lost', the first book in the Rockton series, you know Casey Butler and you also know that Rockton isn't a very quiet place to live, even though it's isolated in the Yukon wilderness. Casey hasn't had much time for relaxation between dealing with a murderer making their way through the town and finding a woman in a cave who's been held captive for over a year. And what's worse? They soon find other bodies of women who were in the same situation as the one they found, meaning Casey didn't just save her from her being captive but from being killed. Now Casey's on the hunt for the psycho who kept these women against their will and took their lives. Could it be one of the Settlers - people who left Rockton to live on their own in the Wilderness? Or is it one of the Hostiles - same as Settlers but vicious, violent and crazy? Who is capable of keeping that type of secret? In a town where secrets are as frequent as snowfall, it's hard to tell if Rockton has a killer, other than Casey, in its midst. I loved the way this book kept me turning page after page - you couldn't put it down without leaving in the middle of something. It also kept me guessing, wondering who the killer was, how close he was to Casey? Between the space of the first book and this one, I missed the characters! Like Dalton, Will, and Isobel. Not so much Diana - sorry, not sorry, Di - but you know it's a good book when you think about the characters long after you read the last word on the last page. And, gotta say, Mathias grew on me before I even realized he's now one of my favourites, after Storm that is!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Addition to the Series This was a very face paced read with a satisfying ending that I did not see coming. There was plenty of character development, and relationship woes, for both Eric and Casey. Also, we learned more about some of the council's best kept secrets, and their manipulative ways. What most impressed me about this book was Armstrong's attention to detail in writing about sensitive topics. There is no victim blaming, or shaming, and she paints a fairly realistic portrayal of how these subjects are misunderstood by using certain characters as mouth pieces to represent these typical reactions
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All nighter I had been eagerly awaiting this sequel and read it into the wee hours of the night. Dead on my feet the next day, but it was worth it. Fast paced and gives a real sense of the danger and beauty of the north. Looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another outstanding book done by Kelley Another book I couldn't put down written by her. I've been reading her books for years. Preorder this book a week before it was released. The plot and the storyline kept me hooked. I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series to see what happens next. Great job Kelley keep up the great.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I AM HOOKED I am usually a fantasy junkie, but I am completely enthralled with this series. I can't wait for the third to come out, I read City of the Lost and A Darkness Absolute in less than a week. My only regret is that now I have to wait a whole year to get my fix! SO GOOD.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! A Darkness Absolute is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series. I devoured the first book, City of the Lost, and have been eagerly awaiting this next entry. Casey Duncan was a homicide detective 'down south'. She also killed a man before she became a cop. But the past caught up with her. So, she and her friend Diana, headed for an off the grid town called Rockton, deep in the wilds of the Canadian north. Rockton doesn't exist on a map and everyone in town is running from something or someone. Casey is admitted to town based on her profession - and she's now Rockton's detective. The first book laid the groundwork for the series, introduced us to the town and had a darn good mystery included. And, yes some romance - with the town sheriff. In a Darkness Absolute, Casey and her deputy Will, storm stayed outside the town's borders, take refuge in a cave. It is there that they find a former town resident held captive for more than a year. So..... a detective in a hidden town that doesn't exist on any map and populated by criminals and those looking to disappear. Well, that makes for a wealth of suspects, doesn't it? The search to find the perpetrator is a page turner. I love the voice Armstrong has given Casey. She's intuitive and clever. The supporting cast is wide and varied, all hiding secrets. Casey has her work cut out, trying to ferret out the truth. Armstrong's setting is fascinating. There very easily could be a hidden settlement in the north. But what's outside those town boundaries is just as intriguing. There are those living even more 'lost' than the townsfolk of Rockton. Armstrong is slowly giving us glances at these people. Solving the case is full of twists, turns and lots of action. Lies and false leads keep the reader guessing until the final pages. And although the end is satisfying.....I want more.....I can't wait 'til book number three is released!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! A Darkness Absolute is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series. I devoured the first book, City of the Lost, and have been eagerly awaiting this next entry. Casey Duncan was a homicide detective 'down south'. She also killed a man before she became a cop. But the past caught up with her. So, she and her friend Diana, headed for an off the grid town called Rockton, deep in the wilds of the Canadian north. Rockton doesn't exist on a map and everyone in town is running from something or someone. Casey is admitted to town based on her profession - and she's now Rockton's detective. The first book laid the groundwork for the series, introduced us to the town and had a darn good mystery included. And, yes some romance - with the town sheriff. In a Darkness Absolute, Casey and her deputy Will, storm stayed outside the town's borders, take refuge in a cave. It is there that they find a former town resident held captive for more than a year. So..... a detective in a hidden town that doesn't exist on any map and populated by criminals and those looking to disappear. Well, that makes for a wealth of suspects, doesn't it? The search to find the perpetrator is a page turner. I love the voice Armstrong has given Casey. She's intuitive and clever. The supporting cast is wide and varied, all hiding secrets. Casey has her work cut out, trying to ferret out the truth. Armstrong's setting is fascinating. There very easily could be a hidden settlement in the north. But what's outside those town boundaries is just as intriguing. There are those living even more 'lost' than the townsfolk of Rockton. Armstrong is slowly giving us glances at these people. Solving the case is full of twists, turns and lots of action. Lies and false leads keep the reader guessing until the final pages. And although the end is satisfying.....I want more.....I can't wait 'til book number three is released!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing You can't go wrong with anything by Kelley Armstrong and this book was excellent. A great second instalment in the Reckon series and I can't wait to read the next!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Anything Kelley Armstrong writes is gold and this was no different. I love all the supernatural and paranormal stuff she writes, but I do love how this series is different and stays away from that. Full of suspense right up until the end. Highly recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent mystery This is the second book in her new series about a town in the Yukon that people go to when they need to disappear. The heroine is a police detective and her skills are being put to use once again after she finds a young woman being held captive in a cave. The search for her abductor soon turns into a murder investigation when they find two desiccated corpses in another part of the cave. This is a very fast-paced and engaging story that will draw you in and drag you along with it until the end. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Sequel! Kelley Armstrong is not one to disappoint and A Darkness Absolute was no exception. It's different from a lot of other books she writes because usually they're focus on paranormal. I think it's great that she can write books like this one that involve lots of mystery with her usual hint of romance. I love the whole concept of Rockton in A Darkness Absolute (and the previous book of course). It's a secret town that's run by everyone in it and (lucky us) we get to see more of how it works in A Darkness Absolute. Everyone has to work to support the community or they get kicked out. Generally, it all goes smoothly. That wouldn't make for a good book though so, in this case, a woman is found half starving in a hole hidden in a cave. She says that someone kidnapped her years ago and that she's been there ever since. It's quite sad actually so this book is about Casey solving the mystery of which town member could it be, similar to how the first went. As I was reading, I assumed the plot was going to go in the typical route. I don't know why I always think this because Kelley's books never go in the direction you think they are. I thought I had this one figure out only to be proven wrong, as per usual. One of the reasons why I can't get enough of Kelley Armstrong is that I love how she writes her characters. Everything we learn about them is relevant at the time and there's no boring parts you skim over. She writes to the point while still giving you lots of the details you need. In this case, I loved learning about Casey's new relationship. They're still getting to know each other but they understand one another. There's no point where the trust is broken because the main character is insecure or the moment where something is misunderstood because the characters are incapable of communication or any of the usual tropes. These characters have always felt realistic to me, like they could be living in our world right now, and that's why I always get sucked into Kelley's books. I think A Darkness Absolute was a lot of fun because there's a ton of twists and turns. Just when you think you've got it figured out, something else happens and you're proven wrong. If you liked the first book in this series (City of the Lost) then chances are you'll love this one just as much. Nothing disappointing about this sequel. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat just as well as the first did.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Kelley Armstrong is the best
Date published: 2017-01-18

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLER“This sequel to City of the Lost is, simply, terrific. . . . Kelley Armstrong’s plot is complex and shows why Casey Duncan is a detective to watch.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail“Kelley Armstrong follows up City of the Lost with . . . more page-turning suspense.” —49th Shelf“Armstrong keeps the plot turning and cranks up the tension from one chapter to the next. She’s already shown she’s good at that, and A Darkness Absolute is no exception.” —The OklahomanPRAISE FOR NATIONAL BESTSELLER CITY OF THE LOST: “A locked-room mystery on steroids; readers should prepare for an all-nighter to finish it.” —Booklist “Best known for her books set in the supernatural Otherworld universe (Otherworld Secrets, etc.), bestseller Armstrong introduces homicide detective Casey Duncan, who’s haunted by a violent crime she once committed, in this excellent first in a new thriller series. . . . A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “The eerie descriptions of setting and chilling character backgrounds give the tale an almost supernatural edge.” —Kirkus Reviews    “[A] good thriller to read by the fire on a weekend evening. The ending will be a surprise to most readers.” —The Millstone “Armstrong has always been adept at keeping us guessing, as she also does here, about the identity of the serial killer who is picking off Rocktonians in an inventively gruesome way. It's Rockton itself, though, that keeps us turning the pages. Armstrong has fun playing with genre tropes in City of the Lost, and she doesn't limit herself to the paranormal or to crime.” —The Sydney Morning Herald “City of the Lost is one of those books that can keep you reading long after you should have been in bed, asleep. I'm looking forward to a sequel.” —The Oklahoman “[City of the Lost] may be one of my top favourite reads from Armstrong, and that’s something considering I’ve been a fan from the early days.” —Lost In a Great Book (blog) “I am excited to see where this story is going. I’m especially curious about this mysterious town.” —Big City Bookworm (blog)  “In City of the Lost, the character arcs—reveals, secrets and betrayals—elevated the story’s tension to squirming-in-my-seat territory. . . . [I]n true Armstrong form, the remote northern location was described in eerie, atmospheric splendour, becoming a character in and of itself. . . . Combining the unique setting and a killer cast . . . with questionable motives and even more questionable pasts means that I’ve found another series to obsess over. . . . Just add this baby to your TBR pile. Now-ish.” —Jennie’s Nails and Tales (blog) PRAISE FOR KELLEY ARMSTRONG:“Like Stephen King, who manages an under-the-covers, flashlight-in-face kind of storytelling without sounding ridiculous, Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own.” —The Walrus“Kelley Armstrong is one of the purest storytellers Canada has produced in a long while. Her Otherworld saga of twelve books spun a complicated paranormal web featuring unforgettable characters contending with blazing sexual tension and deep primal fears, while her young adult fare mined similar territory for teens.” —Sarah Weinman, National Post“Nobody comingles genres like . . . Kelley Armstrong. A bushel of fantasy, a peck of crime, a dash of romance, and you have a recipe for a bestseller.” —The Globe and Mail “Armstrong has created a persuasive, finely detailed otherworldly cosmology—featuring sorcery, astral projection, spells, telepathy and teleportation—that meshes perfectly with the more humdrum world of interstate highways and cable news bulletins.” —Quill & Quire   “Mesmerizing . . . the ‘other-worldly’ atmosphere conjured up by Armstrong begins to seem strangely real. Armstrong is a talented and original writer whose inventiveness and sense of the bizarre is arresting.” —London Free Press   “Long before American author Stephenie Meyer came on the scene—four years before, to be precise—Canadian fantasy novelist Kelley Armstrong began paving the way with Women of the Otherworld.” —Winnipeg Free Press“Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite writers.” —Karin Slaughter“Kelley Armstrong will never disappoint. . . . [O]ne of the queens of the genre.” —ParanormalRomance.org