Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Olivia Taylor-Jones is a 24 year-old Chicago socialite. She’s engaged to a handsome CEO, has a Ivy League education used for volunteer work, and is the heiress to a large fortune. She, in all intents and purposes, has a picture perfect life.
However, in one moment, everything can change. Her mother sits her down to have a tough conversation she should have had with her years ago. It is only necessity that drives her to do it now. The press has hold of some information about Olivia. Life changing information. The Taylor-Joneses are not her biological parents. They adopted her when she was a toddler. That in and of itself is enough to dismay Olivia. However, that is not all. New information has come to light that even her mother had been ignorant to. Her biological parents are none other than the infamous serial killers Todd and Pamela Larsen.
Now, everywhere she turns a camera gets shoved in her face. “Eden Larsen!” the reporters shout at her. To get away, she sneaks off to the small, strange town of Cainsville. Who would think to find her there? This close-knit community takes an interest in Olivia and her new-found quest to find out more about her biological parents.
Pamela Larsen’s former lawyer comes knocking on Olivia’s door and together they investigate her parent’s supposed crimes. Pamela still swears their innocence and Olivia wants to believe it’s true.
As she and lawyer Gabriel Walsh look into her parent’s past, Olivia finds herself in possession of a mysterious power that had lain dormant since her childhood. This makes her a valuable asset to the elders of Cainsville… and their enemies.
This was the first book I have read by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong. I had never really found myself drawn to her Otherworld series but this one, however, drew me in at the mention of serial killers. The mysterious powers aspect was just an afterthought for me (but it was really cool!). What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good mystery! And Armstrong certainly delivered.
I read this book in just a few days, unable to put it down. The intrigue of the Larsen’s murderous past coupled with the supernatural mystery of Cainsville made this book irresistible. It reminded me, in a sense, of the recipe for a good Stephen King novel: a pinch of murder, a cup of creepy, a dash of the supernatural, and voilà! a good read.
I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.