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A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan Series #2)
     

A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan Series #2)

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by Kelley Armstrong
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/05/2016
In Armstrong’s gripping follow-up to 2016’s City of the Lost, Det. Casey Duncan and Deputy Will Anders find themselves stranded during a snow storm while trying to track down a cabin-fever stricken member of Rockton, an isolated, off-the-grid town deep in the Canadian Yukon. Forced to shelter overnight in a cave, Duncan and Anders make a horrific discovery—a woman thought killed has instead been held captive in a pit for more than a year. Further exploration of the cave system leads them to discover the bodies of two women, with signs pointing to the same perpetrator. Duncan and Sheriff Dalton have reason to believe that this time the threat comes from outside the borders of Rockton, which serves its residents as a haven. But the investigators can’t escape the fact that members of their own tiny community have dark—and potentially dangerous—secrets hidden in their pasts. The unusual setup and isolated location increase tension in a fast-paced entry that will keep readers guessing. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Feb.)
Library Journal
02/01/2017
Living off the grid in the isolated Canadian town of Rockton appealed to former homicide cop Casey Duncan; like so many of the other residents, she's trying to shake unpleasant memories from the past (City of the Lost). She's even struck up the beginnings of a relationship with prickly Sheriff Eric Dalton. While he is off on a supply run—Rockton isn't the sort of place with a supermarket—Casey and Deputy Will Anderson pursue a Rockton local hell-bent on running deep into the woods and straight into a blizzard. Casey and Will take shelter from the storm in a cave, only to make a gruesome discovery: a woman presumed dead for nearly a year has been kept prisoner there by a mystery man, who could be out hunting more girls if Casey and Will can't catch him before he goes to ground. VERDICT Armstrong gives her cop-with-baggage backstory a twist, making Casey a singularly skilled but humanely flawed protagonist, adrift in a quirky utopia that's as dangerous as any big city. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/16.]
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-07
The police investigation of a kidnapping in a small, off-the-grid town is complicated by the suspicion that the rescued victim is perpetrating a hoax. Everyone in Rockton agrees that the town is completely unknown to the world outside. That's the reason people come there in the first place. For some of the residents, it's a matter of taste, but for others, it's a matter of survival. Former homicide detective Casey Butler has made herself at home in the small town, though she's still coming to terms with the fact that her move was a reaction to her manipulation by a former friend (City of the Lost, 2016). Living off the grid suits Casey, and she's navigating a new relationship with surly town sheriff Eric Dalton, who shares her interest in researching Rockton residents' real reasons for coming there. One day, while Dalton's off on a supply run, Casey and the only other member of the police force, Deputy Will Anders, try to catch an apparently fleeing resident in the woods only to become trapped themselves. As snow quickly falls, the two hide out in a cave seeking to keep warm for the night. When it appears that they're not the cave's only residents, they explore and turn up Nicki, a young Rockton resident who's been missing and presumed dead for over a year. The story Nicki tells Casey and Will starts them on a search for the man who kidnapped her. Now if only they could be sure whether they're on a manhunt or a wild goose chase. A dark, creepy story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250092175
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Series:
Casey Duncan Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
12,338
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of City of the Lost, the first book in the Casey Duncan mystery series.

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A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous 7 days ago
Characters are odd and disturbing in nature. Casey is a kickass detective! Great book can't wait for the next one!
Caroles_Random_Life 8 days ago
I enjoyed this one a lot. It started with a bang and maintained a high level of excitement throughout the story. This is the second book in the Casey Duncan series and I do recommend reading them in order since the events of the first book do play a role in this installment. This book really kept me guessing right up until the very end. I had a lot of fun reading this story and found that I never wanted to put it down. I love the setting of this story because it is so different than the average mystery. Rockton is such an interesting little town. The residents of Rockton are such interesting characters and each one really adds something to the story. I like the fact that everyone has their own story and it is usually different that what you would expect. The little group of misfits that call Rockton home have really come together to form a community and it adds a nice tone to the story. Casey and Will find a woman being held captive in a hole inside a cave as they take shelter during a snowstorm. They are able to save the woman but the identity of her abductor remains a mystery. Saving the woman is just the start of a very involved case that will put Casey and others in danger before everything is over. The characters in this book were great. Casey is very smart and has really committed herself to the town. She is really starting to believe that she belongs and wants to keep everyone safe. Dalton is dealing with his feelings towards Casey in addition to keeping the town's residents secure. Being in a relationship is rather new for Dalton and he is still trying to figure things out. I really like Casey and Dalton as as couple and I do appreciate the fact that their relationship does not overpower the mystery element of the story. I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. This story contains a complex mystery that had me turning pages as fast as I could. There are quite a few twists and turns to keep things really interesting. I can't wait to read more of this exciting series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books via NetGalley.
Twink 9 days ago
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!
Anonymous 11 days ago
Pulls you in from chapter 1. Holds you by the throar until the lasr words on the last page.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I love mysteries. More than that, I like mysteries that I can solve in the first few chapters. However, mysteries that hold until the end are the best and this fits the bill! I have loved everything Kelley Armstrong has written, and this is no exception. Great read!!
Anonymous 15 days ago
I really enjoyed the second installment in the Rockton series, and I look forward to the next book.
gigiluvsbooks 17 days ago
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. Review: I LOVED this story! I LOVE Kelley Armstrong, so it is not a big stretch that I would love a book of hers. This book is dark, intense and you are not sure who is telling the truth or who can be trusted. I was so engaged in this that I did not set it down and finished it in one day. I love the whole premise of this series too. A town where you can buy your way in and escape from those out to hurt you or crimes you committed. In the middle of nowhere and off-the-grid, the people are isolated and in the middle of winter are susceptible to others. It is very atmospheric in feel, with the isolation and snow storms. It felt sort of like The Shining, with way more people, if that makes any sense to anyone but me. Heck, I did not know who could be the killer/kidnapper in this one a Rockton resident, a settler, a hostile...there was twists after twists to keep you guessing. Another thing I love is Casey, she is wicked smart and kicks butt. Ms. Armstrong know how to make strong, great female characters. I loved this installment and cannot wait for more of Casey and Rockton!!!! 5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Deb-Krenzer 17 days ago
I loved this book. I know it was the second in the series. It did refer to the first book in the series which did not keep me from reading this one. However, I still don't know some of the friction or other events that the second one referred to. So that just makes me want to read the first one. This book dealt with a out of the way town that no one knows about. You have to be invited to live in this town (Rockton). It's a town where abused women, witness protection people, white color crime people, or people that pay a lot that have people looking for them come to live. There is one sheriff and two deputies. There are no doctors. However there is a person trained as an army medic, one trained in EMT services, a psychiatrist and a person trained to look at criminal behavior. There is also a bar owner/madam and a butcher. Everyone has a job. There is no need for money as everyone is paid and uses credits or rations. Out of town, there is like 2000 acres of wilderness. There are several settlements, but they are not sanctioned. The people who live there are people who did not like living with rules in Rockton and left the town to start out on their own. There are also people who don't live in a settlement who are on their own. In this book, the two deputies go looking for a man who has left town without permission. During their search, a huge winter storm comes upon them all of a sudden and they have to look for a place to ride it out. They find a cave and while there, they discover a woman who they thought died over a year ago. She is deep in a hole in the cave where she has been held hostage the whole time. That means someone out there or someone in town has captured her and done this to her. I really got into this book. I loved the characters and how they all looked out for each other, well most of them. There is one character who is a royal beatch who has nothing but insults for everyone. She doesn't discriminate. But for the most part, people are nice. It's amazing how they have to live. They have no electricity, no fancy gadgets and hardly no outside intervention. It's kind of like an apocalypse book as they are almost the only people around. I can't wait for the next book in this series. And this book isn't even out yet. Ugh!! Huge thanks to St. Martin's Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
MusicInPrint 17 days ago
Casey and Eric are living in the remote town of Rockton. They make up the law enforcement team in a town full of residents who are not who they say they are and are all hiding their pasts. This is the second in the Casey Duncan series; the first being the City of the Lost Thriller. Reading these in order will make for better continuity. Armstrong mysteries are always full of twists and turns along with fully developed characters. Challenge for Detective Casey is sorting out who is responsible for murders and disappearances when no one can be trusted. Love the bit of romance between Casey and Eric. Publisher gifted a complimentary copy via Netgalley.