Title: Visions (Cainsville #2)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: August 19th 2014 by Random House Canada
Finished: August 27th 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the second book in bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new Cainsville series, Olivia’s newly discovered power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her hometown.
“Omens,” the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.
Their success, however, is short lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes come to light, creating a rift between them just when she needs his help the most.
Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s certain it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman with a connection to Cainsville went missing just days earlier–the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has Olivia’s new home played in this disturbing murder?
Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.
What I Thought:
If you liked the first book I think you will like this one a lot too. I couldn’t put the first one down and I think I liked this one just as much or pretty close.
Olivia and Gabriel dive into Cainsville more and we start discovering a few secrets about the town and their connection to the people living there. There’s still secrets out there but you feel fulfilled enough for now without that annoying feeling where you didn’t get enough of the puzzle. I loved everything they found, especially how more mythical/fantasy elements were added, but in a way that it wasn’t over the top and I felt it could have been totally believable.
Olivia develops a relationship with Ricky, who we met in the first book. He really seems like a great guy and a good match for her, especially since the romance stuff seems foreign for Gabriel. I still think her and Gabriel would make a cute if unusual couple either way, but we shall see what happens in the next book. The romance isn’t constantly there and shoved in your face (not that I’ve seen that from this author anyway) so you get the full enjoyment of the mystery of what’s happening with a touch of passion on the side.
I think right now this is coming close to being my favourite series by her, but I will wait until the next book to decide. Either way this was such a good read and I highly recommend it!