City Of The Lost by Kelley ArmstrongCity Of The Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City Of The Lost

byKelley Armstrong

Hardcover | January 12, 2016

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Where would you go if you suddenly had to disappear? In her new bestselling thriller, City of the Lost, our New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers us to Rockton, a secret little town in the far north where the hunted go to hide. And where a hunter has now come to play.

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that's not why she's on the run. Her best friend's ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she'll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she's heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

     Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they're not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he's more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.  
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of the thirteen-book Women of the Otherworld series, the Nadia Stafford crime novels and her new series set in the fictional town of Cainsville, Illinois, and which so far includes the novels Omens, Visions and Deceptions. She is also the author of three bestselling young adult...
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Title:City Of The LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.27 × 6.3 × 1.36 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved the Bitten series and this book was just a great read also! Always love the start of a new series.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love anything Kelly Armstrong This is my second series written by Kelly Armstrong and I can not put this book down, already picked up the second book in this series :)
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Second Series This is my second series by Kelley Armstrong I've read and i think it's safe to say she is becoming one of my top authors to read. No one has been able to grab my attention while reading a novel the way she has.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Series to Become Addicted to! I LOVED THIS BOOK !!! Casey as a main character is kick-ass, and the setting is beautiful! I loved that it is all Canadian!! I hope that Kelley continues with this series because I loved Rockton and I want more !!!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A different side of Kelley Armstrong.. and I LOVE IT!!! I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this book. I bought it before I went away and could not put it down the entire time I was on the beach! It is officially my favourite Kelley Armstrong book. It is so different from her other series but it is amazing.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT. I loved this book. At first it was a little slow to get into but once I hit that sweet spot it totally sucked me in. The store was interesting and unique and I loved all the twists and turns that happened. I'm more than thrilled she's made this into her new series!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I must admit that the premise of the story was captivating, and I was intrigued at the prospect of a mysterious town where people go to disappear and a killer being amongst them, unknown to others. Yet, I had trouble connecting to the characters and the romantic love triangle element was unnecessary in my opinion, it felt it took away from the whole story. It is one of the reasons that I will not be picking up the second novel in the series.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD!! Excellent. I couldn't put it down. Kept you guessing until the very end. Was thrilled to find out there was a second book in the series and picked it up immediately.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Love this book. It was so good, had to keep going to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different Side of Armstrong This book was awesome! I really enjoyed the plot and the suspense, but be warned, this is different from her "typical" books as far as genre. It's the same great writing and storytelling but in a new genre. If you're open minded to reading new story types and you're a fan of Armstrong's you will love this book! 10/10
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I bought this book a couple months ago and loved it. This is a book I could not put down. Love Kelley Armstrong
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it. I will say, it did take me a little bit longer to read the story than it usually does. But the story is very interesting and once the characters make it to the town of Rockton, I was HOOKED. Still about 10 chapters from the end but would recommend it to anyone that loves a good thriller. Definitely a page turner!!! Definitely will be reading more from this author.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright book I liked many of the books by this author but I was not as much into this as many others. Oh well, cannot like everyone. But it was still a decent read.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST CANADIAN AUTHOR I love all that is Kelley Armstrong. From her YA series to the adult fantasy to the crime novels. ALL OF IT.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Excited! I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series. So I'm really looking forward to this book. If it's anywhere as good as her Cainsville books, I'll love it.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelley Armstrong doesn't dissapoint I loved this new start of a series. It is different from her other work and I just adore it. It really does suck you in
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a good read from Kelley Armstrong I am hooked on this author! I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Start to a new Series I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, and though it admittedly took a bit longer for me to get into this than it usually takes me for her fantasy books, once I did get into it, I was hooked. I love how her books are character-driven and packed with action, emotion, and always a little romance.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thoroughly recommend reading this novel! I have never read anything by Kelley Armstrong in the past, so this book was a new experience for me. I am so glad I took the time to read this novel, because I absolutely loved it!! Casey forgets about everything and immediately drops what she was doing to go and help her best friend Diana. This time, what Diana needs is slightly more complex. This time, Casey needs to leave her life and move to a town that doesn't exist. This town is so far off the grid that people have no idea it's even there. Casey arrives in town, just in time for her to solve a series of murders that took place. The town is very small, so with so few suspects to place blame on, what will happen? I loved the suspense. I don't read that many mysteries, which is a shame, since this book reminded me how much I love them. I was completely clueless about who partook in the murders until the very end when the killers were revealed. I thoroughly recommend reading this novel! It will take you to another world and let you experience everything you wish you could in real life. A killer mystery, a story of friendship, a boss relationship with his worker and a backstory of a strong lead female! 4/5 Stars!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sucks you in! I read this story when she released it as a 6-part serial (prior to the novelization) and read them all in quick succession because they were so engrossing! One of those stories you keep turning pages well into the night and way past bedtime. I love the characters and the setting, the pacing is perfect. It was my first -- and definitely not my last -- Kelley Armstrong book! And yay, the next book is coming out in a week! (preordered? yes!)
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Possibly my favoutie story ever? I really loved this story. It has so many unexpected moments, I think I actually sat down to start reading it and didn't get up until it was done. The last time I read a book that I loved that much was probably Harry Potter ..... Just like with other books written by Armstrong I have become so invested in the characters and about their messy lives. This is one book that I know I will be reading multiple times.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Could not put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down! I loved Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. I wasn't so thrilled with the Nadia trilogy. This book is excellent. The main characters are interesting and the plot is fast-paced. The whole town is beautifully described and just really pops out at you. I read this late into the night on many occasions - highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A breath of fresh air I have read all of Kelley Armstrong's work up until this and I was hesitant to read it. I usually stick to the paranormal books, but this blew me away. Every chapter leaves you wanting more. You start to connect with Casey, even though she has a rocky past. Kelley is able to make you connect with people who you normally wouldn't connect with. Cannot wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Kelley Armstrong did it again with this book! It pulls you in from the first page and won't let go even when you finish the last. You will find yourself thinking about it for weeks. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out! It's an engaging and totally unique plot with interesting characters. Kelley Armstrong does not disappoint!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! As with all of Kelley Armstrong's books, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really cannot wait for the next one. Such a good read!!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good read, good suspense. Love the writing
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I loved this book! I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out. Different from Kelley Armstrong's other books but just as good!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites I bought this first in my kobo before the book came out once I started I couldnt stop reading it kept me guessing what was going to happen from start to finish ! I can't wait for the next book in the series.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Win for Armstrong fans First book in the series. Great characters, intriguing story line. Fantastic writing, sure to be another thrilling series. A must have. Perfect book to pick up and spend a lazy day reading!!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the second one in this series.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I ordered this book and as soon as it arrived I started reading. I finished it in one day. It's amazing. It had me hooked from the first page. I've read all Kelleys other books and none of them disappoint. The characters are interesting, but not too over the top. Had some twist and turns and the ending will have u saying WHAT?!? #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing read Tightly written, this is the another in a long line of Kelley Armstrong crime/mystery novels I highly recommend. Driven by guilt, Casey Duncan, flees her life when her best friend is set upon by her ex-husband. When her own lover is threatened, Casey gets out of town to an isolated community in the far north, in Rockton, Yukon. Totally off the grid, Casey takes on the job of detective, much against the wishes of the town law, Sheriff Dalton. One of the most enigmatic men she's ever met, Casey soon finds herself mired in a series of mysterious disappearances and murderers where the suspects grow more numerous with each passing day. The town was set up to allow people from abusive relationships and bad lives to escape their pasts. But when it turns out some of those lost souls are more than they appear to be on the surface, Casey finds herself embroiled in a world of lies and deceptions she has to untangle to prevent more murders. When even her best friend is exposed and everything she every thought was true in her life may turn out to be a lie, Casey is faced with hard decisions. Trust her heart or face the truth head on. Either choice may prove disastrous for everyone she cares for.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent locations with a twisted plot There are some situations in life where the best course of action is to run far and hide deep. Casey Duncan killed a man years ago and now this past is catching up with her. Her friend Diane needs to hide from an abusive spouse and has heard about a place where they would both be safe. Sheriff Eric Dalton from the elusive Rockton, Yukon needs a detective in his town as even people seeking to hide commit crimes. Brutal crimes. I liked Casey from the first. She is an action oriented women. She doesn't let things fester, rather she acts and gets them resolved. She is also smart, which helps make her a good detective. Casey is mostly an open book, where as Sheriff Dalton is a closed and locked volume. As a detective story, this fondly reminded me of those written in the 1950s and 60s where the investigator had to rely on intellect instead of electronic gizmos to solve the case. At first I thought this would be a relatively easy case for her, but the more she learned, the more she found she didn't know and that not everyone was who they seemed. At one point I fingered the ultimate culprit, but then dismissed that ideas as further details unravelled and redirected by focus. There was one setting in the book that creeped me out. I could truly imagine the panic I would feel in that situation. I couldn't wait for that section to end. This is a well written novel and a departure for author Kelley Armstrong from her other worldly characters created in some of her earlier books. The stories of Casey, Eric and Rockton will continue in the next book in this series tentatively titled A Darkness Absolute.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Fun read I really liked this book, I have read a lot of Armstrong's books and this one like her others kept me hooked. I could not put this book down. I found it very interesting and fun to read. I enjoyed that her characters are adults and not teenagers although I enjoy her teen fiction as well. I really liked the setting and the idea behind the book. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries or Armstrong's other books.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I could hardly stand it!! "City Of The Lost" by Kelley Armstrong will be published on May 3, 2016. This is not the first Armstrong book I have enjoyed, I have also read much of the Cainsville series and truly loved it. But I have to say, even though I gave the Cainsville books five stars, this one is even better! I think many people think of Kelley Armstrong as either a YA (young adult) writer or a paranormal/fantasy writer. Well, hold onto your hats everyone, we have a NEW mystery writer in our midst and she's gonna give the greats a run for their money! I really like Kelley Armstrong's writing style so I was pretty sure I'd like "City Of The Lost". Boy, was I right. In fact, I'm starting my own new rating just for this book. I am lucky that I read many really good authors so it's not surprising that I give about half of the books I read a five star rating. But now I'm starting a personal new category, the Five PLUS rating, just for books like this. Definition: 5+ rating When a book gets to the five star rating it has to be eminently readable, truly enjoyable with no annoying bits that you want to skip and also have that "I don't want to put it down" feeling. If a book then adds one other element, that of "I can't forget what I read no matter how hard I try" then THAT'S a 5+ star book. It's a book that's so darn good that if you miss reading it, you're a fool, you're gonna miss something spectacularly special. That designation starts with "City Of The Lost". It's been a whole twenty-four hours now and still I find myself wishing there were more pages to read, I want MORE. I can't seem to stop thinking that I can go read a little more about these characters, get my fix and I'll be ok. But, alas, there is no more, I finished the last page last night and with the light of the morning I am sad. IT'S OVER!!! I want to know what's next for these characters, I don't even care if the mystery is solved. I just want to "hang out" with these people. *Sigh*. I wish I could beg the author to write more, just for me. Let me give you a synopsis of what the book's about. Casey Duncan is an excellent police detective but she carries a secret with her, she killed a man and got away with it. When she was a cadet in training she killed her mob connected drug dealing boyfriend, she has held all the guilt and shame of that incident in but now her past has caught up with her. Even worse, her best friend Diana is having trouble with her ex-husband again. He has stalked her before and even though Casey has tried to hide Diana and keep her safe, it seems he has found her. They both have to run for their lives and Diana has heard of just the place, a town where people can purchase their anonymity for five thousand dollars as long as they're prepared to live off the grid in the middle of nowhere. There's a town in the Yukon Territories where desperate individuals can find sanctuary and get away from the dangers in their real lives. Casey finds that they could use her skills. When one puts a hoard of desperate people together in a small town unconnected to the outside world, one can expect trouble. I need to make you read this book. The characters were so darn dimensional and meaty. I really did sink my proverbial teeth into these characters and as the reader I found myself wanting to hang out with them. I found all the dialogue so well wrought and believable, there were no miss steps. And talking of miss steps, Armstrong doesn't make a single mistake when describing the surroundings of the little town on the edge of nowhere. The author could have inundated us with unnecessary atmospheric details but instead she gave us just what was necessary and enticing. I became as curious as Casey did about the town's surroundings, the forest, it's dangers and the animals that inhabit it. I loved that I wasn't left thinking that I wish the author had edited herself a little more. It was a perfect read and I'm well sated after devouring a truly delicious book. But just like chocolate chip cookies, I wish there were more.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an interesting thriller City of the Lost grabbed my attention by its tagline: I have ninety-six hours to prepare for my disappearance Also the first sentence in the book? "I killed a man," I say to my new therapist. I was immediately hooked and needed to read and find out what Casey's story was. The first 100 pages or so were very thrilling and exciting and I personally couldn't put the book down. I won't be revealing anything, even if you find out what happened in the first chapter, because I want you all to experience the thrill I experienced reading that. Fast forward 100 pages and we get a twist in the plot that I personally wasn't happy about. Casey and her friend move to "City of the Lost" to escape the past that is catching up to them. However immediately Casey, a detective, gets thrown in a murder mystery composed of a series of murders over the past couple of months. It was hard for me to adjust to a much slower pace when the first 100 flew by, so it honestly took me a very long time to finish the rest of the book, however I did enjoy it. I loved how I didn't know the direction the author will take or how these mysteries tied to their past or if they even did tie to their past. I have to give some fair warning that some scenes are very gruesome and gory that I personally had to skim through, however I am a squirmish person but I was able to get past that. I was so wary and suspicious of everyone from that city (composed of 200 something people) and I liked that I was on high alert all throughout reading the novel. I highly enjoyed my first Kelly Armstrong novel and I will definitely give any new mystery novel she writes a chance. The plot line was very unique and even the direction she took with the story and the ending were surprising. This unpredictability is often rare in many of the new releases and I welcomed it with open arms.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Northern Thriller I am ashamed to admit that I don’t follow too many Canadian authors. I haven’t even read too many of Margaret Atwood’s work. Kelley Armstrong, however, is one that I don’t dare miss. She writes the best thriller in any genre, so when I came across this title, I immediately pounced at the chance to read it. City of the Lost is the story of Casey Duncan, a detective who found herself on the run because her past came back to haunt her. On top of that, her best friend’s abusive ex found her again and decided to reunite with her the only way he knew how: by beating her to within an inch of her life. Wanting to hide, they found sanctuary in a town where people come to disappear. In the remote wilderness of Yukon Territory, a sense of an otherworldly danger only the likes of Casey can detect. And it doesn’t take long before she’s entrenched in a series of murder investigations where the suspect roams the inside and outside of the boundary of the forest. I’m often cautious to recommend a good crime story. But if that’s not your thing, and you’ve decided to see what you’ve been missing, Kelley Armstrong’s work is a great place to start. She somehow manages to entice non-readers to come to the dark side with her tightly-woven mysteries and seemingly stereotypical characters. Don’t get me wrong, stereotypical characters are not always a good thing, but since it’ll be a new territory, it’s oddly comforting. You’ve got a strong female character who presents a tentativeness that you don’t normally see from heroines in the genre. Casey can kick the living daylights of the bad guys any day, but is a little insecure in some ways. She’s a study in dichotomy, oddly enough. But then again, aren’t they all? I’ve never found her to be confident, even though she’s intelligent and quick on her feet. She’s mild-mannered and even-tempered. Just don’t surprise her or she’ll shoot you first and then ask questions after. Then, there’s the Sheriff. He was a dick. But this dick grew on me. Hard. (Sorry. I can’t resist). Eric Daulton grew up in this secret town so he has a sense of ownership and is always looking for ulterior motives from any newcomers. Casey was on his shit list at first, but she quickly wins him over with her take-no-shit-from-anybody attitude. This novel features a whole slew of shady characters with shady pasts. And since this Rockton is a place where none of that matters, the investigation was a slow process. I think the only thing I can complain about is tediousness and it wasn’t very forthcoming with clues either. But never fear Casey and Eric’s interactions were torturous fun. Once again, Kelley didn’t disappoint. She captures the very essence of a good mystery novel in a setting unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This is a first in the series so I’m chomping at the bits to read more. The possibilities are endless for this town of Rockton, the good Sheriff and the detective.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Canadian Thriller The Good Stuff Once again Kelley has shown us that she is one of the most gifted storytellers of our generation Sucks you in from the very first sentence and keeps you hooked to the very last word Strong female lead and intriguing, flawed yet human secondary characters Fabulous use of dark humour Mystery kept me guessing till the very end There is a TARDIS joke - yes I know I am a dork, but it made me smile Canadian setting - again this is something us Canadians gets excited about as we are always over shadowed by the U.S. Enjoyed the scene with Brent and the dialogue about the Habs and the Leafs - sort of like a conversation between me and my habs loving husband (I am so ashamed lol) Fabulous dialogue Armstrong really makes you feel part of the landscape, I swear I could hear the wolves howling and see the fox. Dark and creepy The Not so Good Stuff I stayed up way too late reading Didn't completely buy the ending of the mystery, but it still works Have a sudden urge to go to the Yukon Favorite Quotes/Passages "The core concept is simple: give no one any cause to come after you. We're even supposed to overpay our taxes, as painful as that might be." "Some older cops bristle at the term "police brutality." Intimidation, they call it. Or, as others would say "speaking the only language .... (edited for swear) understand." "They took away your toys because you wanted to be a vet. They made you stitch up your own gosh darned (edited) leg. You do realize that's not normal, don't you?" 5 Dewey's I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What? No Sherriffs in the Yukon, so far as I know. But hey, details. Also, 'Rockton' more or less exists, but it's called Yellowknife. And maybe Dawson City too, but I can't vouch for that one.
Date published: 2016-01-19

Editorial Reviews

NATIONAL BESTSELLERShortlisted for Best Novel, Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing [2017]“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 Shaw, Jennie’s Nails and Tales (blog)