Countown to A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong with A Darkness Absolute

Title: A Darkness Absolute

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Rockton (Book 2)

Genre: Mystery, Horror

Buy: Indigo here.



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.

Alright, admit it, you’re here for the puppy. Hell, I’m here for the puppy and the puppy is the only cute thing in this book. Well, maybe. I do love Dalton.

Also, that danger do not enter sign for the forest will be likely in every single mood board I make for this series.

I digress.

One week today the newest book comes out in this series and I am so enjoying the ability to devour all the books that have come before it. Seriously. So good.

So let’s talk briefly about A Darkness Absolute, book 2 in Rockton by Kelley Armstrong. It has a lot of my checkmarks for things that scare me.

  1. No power in winter ✔ (I couldn’t survive the Yukon)
  2. Kidnappers ✔ (I feel like that’s reasonable)
  3. Religious fanatics ✔ (I mean like, you know, those types of fanatics)
  4. Caves ✔
  5. Being trapped in the dark

So when I tell you that parts of this book had me shaking in my slipper booties, I’m not lying. This book is creepy af. And yes, I read on.

Because it’s also mysterious af, and if there is one thing that I love, it’s a well written mystery, shrouded in secrecy, wrapped in a touch of life and death danger. With snow on top.

Casey is settling nicely into Rockton, which baffles this internet addict, but you know, to each their own. Some of us love being connected and some of us can exist in a town of 200 people in the Yukon with no electricity or contact with the outside world.

I’m not one of them but I sure admire Casey for doing so, amongst other things.

This book fleshes out nicely the world of Rockton and how people get in, what happens when they get out and how much lying it takes for some people to get there.

It also fleshes out characters I adore more than most (God do I adore Jacob and Dalton). And gives you new characters to be creeped out by (Sorry Matthias). This book is a treasure trove of creepiness and mystery wrapped in a…well you get the gist.

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