Book Reviews

Book Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

cover_omens Published: August 20th 2013 by Dutton.

Format: Hardcover, 486 pages.

Goodreads Summary: Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent 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 learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, 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. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Thoughts: So, I’ve already done two blog posts on this series and I promise that this is the last one; until the second book gets released. It was the synopsis that caught my attention when I first found Omens on Goodreads. Let me tell you that readers will start to look at this story one way and a completely different way by the end of it. This book was not what I was expecting at all. (In a good way.) Armstrong has created a thrilling  mystery coupled with a touch of the supernatural.

The mystery aspect of this story was expertly done, even though this first book seems to be opening up a much bigger plot line. The author leaves a note saying that readers can look up some of the terminology used, but I highly suggest you don’t do that and let the story play out on its own as you follow Olivia on her journey. It’s much more exciting that way. Armstrong took the route that still has me trying to guess what’s happening next.

The characters that pop up throughout the novel are for lack of a better word, fantastic. They all were delicately woven together and each one had a reason to be there. The story is primarily told through Olivia’s point of view and I liked her. She was determined to find the answers she needed, but also reacted realistically to the events that conspired. Gabriel, he definitely has a key role in this story, but I love the way Kelley Armstrong presented him to us. Right off the bat, he isn’t some ridiculously swoon worthy man that makes woman’s knees buckle. He knows what he wants and seems set on doing whatever he needs to do to obtain it. We get a good sense of his character by looking at his personality and actions. The relationship built between Gabriel and Olivia is slowly developing and I’m patiently waiting for something more to come of it.

This is the first book I’ve read by Kelley Armstrong and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of its creepy and mysterious storyline. Needless to say, I can’t wait to delve into the next installment!

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