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Publisher's Summary

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her.

Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton, and if you're accepted it means walking away entirely from your old life and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval.

As a murderer Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

An edgy, gripping crime audiobook from best-selling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

©2016 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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The Story is great, The Narration is not.

Kelly is a superb story teller. However, Ms Plummer does not have the feel for the Canadian English Dialect: For example, Toque is pronounced Too k, not Toke. And it is NewFoundland Dog, or simply a Newf. Not NewFinland. I find those verbal gaffs to be most irritating and really detracts from the overall experience of the book. It could be a lot better.

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More romance than detecting

I was excited to see a Canadian deceptive story, but found this was too much about the romantic and other relationships and less about the crime solving for my taste.

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great premise falls short

the premise of the story was great. And the characters were engaging. But the resolution was rushed and fell flat.

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Story is good, but narrator isn’t

I enjoyed the story. I’ll probably listen to or read the rest of the series. I had trouble believing the characters were Canadian because the narrator made them all sound American.

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I really enjoyed this

Good story with good characters and I really enjoyed the narration too. I'll be reading the whole series.

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Love it!

One of my favorite stories. Kelly Armstrong is a fantastic story teller and Therese Plumber brings the story to life. Plumber does a wonderful job with voices, inflection and enthusiasm. later books there a few issues with pronunciation but for the most part she is fantastic.

Casey is a little bit broken and whole lot lost but finds herself when she is dumped in the middle of nowhere and has a puzzle to solve. This book contains a lot of set up and the ball doesn't really get rolling until Casey gets to Rockton but by no means is the beginning boring. The only part of the whole story I'm not totally crazy about is how fast Casey moves on from her boyfriend, but even that is believable. The story occasionally goes off on tangents but even that is ok since it's the story from Casey's perspective and when telling a story people often do get side tracked and wander off the main topic, but the book reins it in and we're quickly brought back to the main plot/story line.

Over all probably my favorite fiction (not fantasy) book. I very much recommend the series, author and reader.

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I loved the book. The references to Canadian places was a great added enjoyment. I will continue listening to these books.

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Epic Canadian Story

I am hooked. This is an awesome story. Can't wait for the ending. Love the two man characters, plus the female main character is bad a$$

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I enjoyed it.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. But I gave it a try and I'm happy I did. It kept me interested and wanting to hear more. I'm looking forward to hearing book 2.

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Captivating story; not a satisfying ending

A very good narrator. An engaging story in a mysterious setting that keeps the listener curious. The conclusion falls flat compared to the well developed story.

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  • 2018-03-11

I wouldn't want to live here!

This is a very good book, Very interesting concept. The story revolves around a town (Rockton) in the middle of nowhere. It's a town for people trying to escape their past and start over.
The protagonist (Casey) and her best friend pay for the privilege of moving there. Prior to their move, Casey was a detective. It seems the town of Stockton is in need of one, there's a serial killer on the loose and no one is safe.
Don't ask me why (as if anyone could) but I kept thinking this book was a combination of the movie BOYS TOWN with Spencer Tracy (It was about a town for "wayward " boys ) and Blake Crouch's book PINES, where people who could contribute to a new town in the future were brought. Although the majority of the people living in Rockton have checkered pasts and would probably not be on a save for the next generation list, many have worthwhile skills.
If will be getting the next book in the series A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE. This is an entertaining book and I would like to see where the author is going with the characters.
Therese Plummer does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Purple.Wizard
  • 2016-09-19

Great Book

This is by far the best book that I've read in years. Solid plot. Part mystery, part romance (but not sticky, just believable and realistic) part cops & killers, part unusual plot twists. Realistic characters. Superb narrator - also the best I've heard in years. I wish it was the first in a series.
I'm sure there will be readers who disagree with me, after all we're all different to some extent or another. But for me it was just fantastic!
Thank you Kelley Armstrong. Do you have more similar stories?

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-03-16

Author Kerllery Armstrong surprised me!

I purchased City of the Lost during the February Audible first of a series sale with apprehension because I have tried books by Kelley Armstrong in the past only to be disappointed by the horror, supernatural, paranormal, and fantasy aspects. Armstrong has been a highly regarded best selling author for more than 15 years as she published an average of more than 3 novels annually. Audible listener Shelley's very positive reviews of this novel and the other two in the Casey Duncan persuaded my to listen to City of the Lost. I'm glad I did because this is a wonderful suspense mystery/thriller. Theresa Plummer's narration is superb.

I would not want to live in the fictional Canadian Yukon town of Rockton, but it makes a good story.

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  • Joanna Hubbard
  • 2018-10-07

starts out strong...

This book started out strong. I really liked the context and there were some great characters, but then the stereotypical love story overshadows the mystery and intrigue and the previously complex characters devolve into some standard trope where they just needed to find the right person. The romance didn't add anything to the story and the changes in the characters violated how they were developed in the first half.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-03-03

Read the negative reviews too

This is a romance, TV crime soap opera. The narrator was a little overly dramatic but I think that because she had such terrible dialogue to work with. If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies this is for you. If you were looking for a good creepy even, fantastical murder mystery try Paul Cornell.

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  • BikeVON
  • 2017-03-27

Outstanding new detective series!

I must add my praise to the great reviews of the book. Kelly Armstrong created a city Rockton, and new characters for this new series. Rockton is a city in the wilds of Canada.
People with secrets need a place like Rockton to hide from the judgements of a civil society. The city is populated with people shedding their past selves. It is a city of criminals who can pay to become invisible and victims who seek some place to live without fear.

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective who has a secret. She now calls Rockton her home. and works as a homicide detective. Armstrong has deftly created a plot twist, which makes it a challenge to guess the perpetrator of murders. There is one law of Rockton, ask no one of their past.

Every resident of Rockton has the propensity for violence, no person is safe. They live off the grid, with few resources. There is a vicious killer preying on the residents. Without the expertise of a detective, the sheriff is unable to solve the crime.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 2017-04-20

Great Story

I really enjoyed the story and the Characters in this story. I love this author and look forward to more by her soon.

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  • Drew
  • 2018-01-31

Concept was good then became a sleeper

The concept of the story was so intriguing i had to purchase the book. But the concept and the strength of the story fell so short, i found myself wandering over convoluted, drawn out, unnecessary conversations — and twitching after being awakened from suddenly passing out. Basically, it’s like a good idea gone bad. I know that’s harsh but i get really frustrated when such a perfect opportunity to create real mystery is smothered by dramatic conversation over irrelevant topics and random romance. My wish was *actually add mystery to a story about a lost city (god, such a wasted opportunity), *cut out half the conversations which don’t add to that mystery, and *please get to the point — or any point for that matter. After 75% through the book, i found myself wondering what the hell this thing was even about anymore.

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  • Meadow
  • 2016-06-24

Love the author and Adore the book!

The narrator was awesome, really bringing life to all the characters and the world of City of the Lost

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  • jeanne
  • 2017-10-27

Didn’t fast forward!

Enjoyed the book! New concept, liked the characters! Moved at a good pace! Yea, yea !

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