Omens (Cainsville Series #1)

Omens (Cainsville Series #1)

by Kelley Armstrong
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Omens 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series:  OMENS is the first storyline in Kelley Armstrong’s new contemporary mystery (slightly paranormal) CAINSVILLE series focusing on Olivia Taylor and her fight to prove, one way or another, that her birth parents Pam and Todd Larsen may or may not be the notorious serial killers who murdered eight people over two decades earlier.   Olivia Taylor-Jones has just discovered that she was adopted as a child and her life is making headline news around the world. Needing to leave town, her parents and her fiancé behind, Olivia, also known as Eden Larsen, finds herself penniless in a small, cloistered town known as Cainsville and things have gone from bad to down right strange.  Hoping to uncover the details about the twenty year old murders, Olivia enlists the help of her parent’s former lawyer -Gabriel Walsh-only to discover he is out for one thing and money is the bottom line.   Kelley Armstrong takes the reader on a mysterious journey that will see our heroine Olivia aka Eden on the run and settling in a strange town.   ‘Reading’ omens and symbols that give warning of danger and death at every turn, Olivia begins to wonder who or what is determined to keep her from discovering the truth behind her parent’s conviction and the real people behind the murders.  With a town full of ‘gifted’ seers and prophetic elders, Cainsville can only be considered a town with a paranormal undertone of Celtic ancestry.   The writing style grabs the reader’s attention and keeps you on the edge. There is the mystery of the crime of murder; a town of strangers who know more about Eden Larsen than does Olivia Jones; and a lawyer whose motives are questionable and the bottom line always reverts back to money. There is intrigue, suspense, mystery and betrayal and when the truth about Olivia’s birth parents is revealed she will discover who are her real friends and just how lonely life can be without the support of parents and family.   Kelley Armstrong is a proven winner with her Women of the Otherworld series and she has introduced another strong female character in Eden Larsen/Olivia Jones that drives the storyline and the series into another paranormal dimension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this series is going to be one of my new favorites. Love how strong main female character is in this book. Every character is interesting. That City of Cainsville May be the best character. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read, held my interest from page one all the way to the end. It is extremely well written, keeps the reader guessing, has lots of twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, but thought it was a little underdeveloped at times. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries with a supernatural twist you can't go wrong with this new series from Kelley Armstrong! I couldn't put it down and was wishing for more at the end. Eagerly awaiting the next episode in this series. FYI - all of Kelley's books are worth reading if supernatural fiction is your genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Armstrong writes that she was nervous about writing a new series.  I can't imagine why.  In my opinion, this may be her best story yet!  The characters are unusual and fascinating, the fantasy setting is original, and the mystery is fresh and exciting.  I found this to be a great read, and strongly recommend it!
Bubwolf More than 1 year ago
I loved the book.  A great mystery.  Can't wait for the next installment.  Unlike other authors who never leave the cash cow of a popular series long after they have nothing new to add.  Ms. Armstrong builds a new and enchanting world.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard the old adage of don’t judge a book by its cover? Well that saying certainly applies to why I hadn’t gobbled up this series yet. I do not like horror novels. I get scared easily, have nightmares and am basically a big chicken. The name Omens took me back to my teenage years of slumber parties and being scared to death watching Halloween and He Knows You’re Alone. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! I should’ve known, I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrongs Otherworld series and love paranormal books. This series, even though set in a town called Cainsville, is NOT like Amityville Horror! It is a fabulous paranormal mystery series whose protagonist learns a deep dark secret about herself that makes her look deeper into her kind of superficial life and make some abrupt changes. Olivia Taylor-Jones, a socialite in Chicago, finds out abruptly that she is adopted. That fact is shocking but when she finds out her birth parents were notorious serial killers her life is turned upside down. To escape the press, she runs away to a small town outside Chicago, called Cainsville. It is in Cainsville that she starts to learn about her talent for reading Omens, but when those Omens start to come true, she looks deeper into herself and her background to find out why and how. Part of that discovery is dealing face to face with her birth mother, who is in jail for committing murder on four couples in a ritualistic manner. With the help of her mothers ex lawyer, Gabriel, she starts to investigate one of the murders, the outcome of which changes the path her life had been taking. Kelley Armstrong has a talent for world building, and Cainsville and its inhabitants are a new world for me to explore. Even though this book isn’t a horror story, it does live up to its name. Omens has its creepy moments, the mystery is paranormal in nature, and the characters are not as they appear. Just the way I like it! Lucky for me, there are four books out in this series, with the fifth and last due out in August. I can’t wait to see the relationship develop between Olivia and Gabriel and learn the other secrets they unearth about themselves and Cainsville.
LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
Love the series!
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Must Read Contemporary Paranormal Suspense, Romantic Elements Olivia Taylor-Jones is twenty-four-years old and has the perfect life. She has an Ivy League education and is the only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family. She pursues philanthropy and volunteerism. Olivia is also engaged to a young, handsome tech-firm CEO with political ambitions. Olivia’s world is soon shattered when she learns she is actually adopted. Todd and Pamela Larsen are notorious serial killers that are serving life sentences. They are also Olivia’s real parents. Olivia decides to leave her once comfortable home to find out the truth about the Larsens when the news of them brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity for her fiancé and adopted family. Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois. It is an old and cloistered community and it is taking a particular interest in Olivia. It is also interested in her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ pasts. Gabriel Walsh is her mother’s former lawyer and together they focus on the Larsens’ last crime. The one that Olivia’s birth mother swears will prove their innocence. Gabriel and Olivia start investigating the case and Olivia soon finds herself using abilities that have been hidden since her childhood. The gifts make her both deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies and a valuable addition to Cainsville. It seems there are darker secrets behind the scenes in the her new home and the powers lurking in the shadows have their own plans for her. This is a suspense story that starts out fast and doesn’t let up until the very end. It will keep readers turning the pages just to see what exactly is happening and just what is the real truth about the Larsens. The characters are complex and make for a story that is as intriguing as it is engrossing. It will also have readers reaching for the next book in the series to watch Olivia grow and find out just who she really is now and also to see just where Gabriel and Olivia end up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant at first with the main character being someehat naive. But after a ciuple chapters I loved tue slow build in characters so that the author made you invested into the stories. Loved the book and am officially trapped in this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great author and cannot wait to read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this new tale set in Cainsville
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Ireally enjoyed it. I love the use of folk lore.
xoalw More than 1 year ago
The premise of the story seemed interesting but it was slow getting started and the characters felt disjointed. I'm a huge fan of Susanna Kearsley's paranormal romances and by comparison, Armstrong's prose reads like something my seventh-grader could have produced. I will not be going back for the second in the Cainsville series or any other Armstrongs.
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Great read. Will miss the underworld series but so far this series has been a great replacement.
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JKW24 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story of relationships and an intuition that appears stronger in some people.  We all, as children, surely are inundated with ‘old wives tales’ or superstitions and sometimes those stories go deeply inside us.  As we grow older, we ignore those feelings and eventually if they become strong enough and if coincidences happen, we embrace them.  They become signs, either happy signs, or warning signs.  We continue to learn!  The characters are so well written, that, perhaps you know them or someone like them. Ah, that explains everything. . .or, does it!  Intrigue and masterful story telling. Definitely a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great charecters, love the angle this books has taken and look forward to my nexr visit to Cainsville
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