Whenever I meet someone who likes Harry Potter, I get really excited but I have to tell myself to calm down and be cool and tread carefully because chances are they just like Harry Potter and I don’t want to scare them off by unleashing the Harry Potter maniac monster within me in all its glory
#lainitaylor #lipstouchthreetimes #spicylittlecursessuchasthese #firstlove #greatquotes “She was imagining it. She thought she could taste the words, all ginger and chili and sugar, fiery and sweet, and she held them in her mouth like candies.”
This book was quite creepy at parts. It starts off with a child playing hide and seek with her father and mother, getting ready to celebrate her half birthday, monsters in black break in to their home and take her away from her family.
(Typical Armstrong style, neatly drawn in at the start.)
Olivia Taylor-Jones, 24, daughter and only child of Lena, her philanthropist mom from England and her deceased father who was a big retail entrepreneur. Her life is turned upside one evening when she finds out from paparazzi attacking her home that she’s the daughter of well-known serial killer couple. Everything starts to fall apart. Her mother is hurt and in hospital, her fiance thinks she needs to go into hiding - JERK! her own mother and lawyer think she should go away until things blow over her mother already starts to act differently and gives the feeling she would cut Olivia out of her life right then and there if she could by having Olivia communicate to her through the family lawyer and running of to Europe.
Olivia seems to have been fighting against her privileged upbringing for a while and the cage it has tried to trap her in with the obligations and expected duties/behaviour. In a way this turns into the perfect opportunity for her to take what little money she has access to and try to start over somewhere else. Two grand and gone. She realizes that she doesn’t really know her true self, her parents never told her she was adopted. I feel as if she’s dodging a bullet since her fiance is preparing for his 5 year plan to become a senator and being the wife of a politician is not what she wants. His psycho mother not withstanding.
She is unknowingly pushed to Cainsville, a quiet little town outside of Chicago. She gets lucky and finds an apartment through the generosity of a stranger and not to long after a job at the local diner by chance. Then she meets Gabriel, the lawyer who used to represent her birth mother, and things quickly become quite interesting.
This book is incredible. It quickly launches into the mystery/thriller pace and grabs you from the moment Olivia ends up on the run. It is definitely a first book in a series but don’t let that put you off. Aside from the main story there are a lot of side plots setting up for upcoming novels. Though this book is usually shelved in urban fantasy, at this point in Olivia’s story it’s very small and you don’t need a background in faery folklore to grab the meaning in some of the terms used. I suggest if you’re willing and able, remain patient and learn about this other community within Olivia’s world as she does. The Cainsville community reminds me a little of Charles de Lint’s Newford. It’s very subtle and not in your face. Olivia, now realizing her superstitious nature comes from her birth mother, learns that she is seeing omens or signs and it is her gift. It does lend itself to a very sinister feeling through out the book.
One thing I really enjoyed, there was no romantic subplot to interfere with Olivia’s story. There is the complete opposite. She is learning to let go of her fiance and former expectations of her previous privileged life. She’s not moving on to another lover as she is too busy investigating her parents and her own past and trying to scrape a living. Even though she eventually sees her partner and lawyer Gabriel for the sexy sexy man he is physically and his intelligence definitely intrigues her, she appreciates his friendship and respect too much to cross that line.
I have so many questions now. Who is Patrick exactly? And how does Evan Chandler know about Cainsville? Where does Cainsville fit into all this? I cannot wait to see where it goes from here!