A Cainsville NoveleBook - 2013
Following the epic conclusion of her internationally bestselling Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong launches a brand-new series set in Cainsville, a small town as spookily fascinating as Stephen King's Castle Rock or Dean Koontz's Moonlight Bay.
Olivia Taylor Jones, 24, seems to have the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech-firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia's world is shattered when she finds out that she's adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers, each still serving a life sentence.
The news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, and Olivia thinks the best thing she can do for herself and for them is run away from it all. She ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her decision to uncover the truth about her birth parents. Olivia decides to focus on the Larsens' last crime, the one Pamela Larsen swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel Walsh, Pamela's former lawyer, start investigating, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. There are dark secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
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“Also, the killing of small animals is the entrance ramp onto the serial killer superhighway. Damn. I bet the cat knows that. He picked me because I can't hurt him, or I'd be fulfilling my biological destiny. So I'm screwed. The cat stays. Unless you'll kill him...How does fifty bucks sound?”
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Olivia Jones is from a wealthy family. With her father gone she follows in her mother's footsteps. She immerses herself in philanthropy. And of course there is James. Her equally rich boyfriend. Just as she is sorting through his ambition to become senator and her desire to finish school, she learns she is adopted.
She is actually the only daughter of the Larson's. A child of serial killers. The mother and father duo were tried individually and convicted in the deaths of 8 people. Now they served consecutive life sentences in prison. Pamela Larson publicizes the reunion she desires with Olivia. With all the eyes of Chicago looking for her, Olivia bolts.
First she finds her way to a few bad motels and then to Cainsville. It's a very small town. Mostly the retired sort it seemed. Gargoyles were perched and hidden all over town. Although she couldn't quite figure it out, she knew something was a little different here.
Olivia connects with a shady attorney and together they chase evidence, clues and a few bad guys. Determined to find out if the Larson couple is innocent or guilty. She may even learn a thing or two about herself. About the parents she didn't know she had.
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