Omens by Kelley Armstrong book review

Omens, the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series will reel you in

Imagine waking up every morning knowing that you are rich enough to treat work as a hobby rather than a necessity and that your fabulously wealthy, handsome fiancé is about to run for senate. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

Unless of course you are Olivia Jones, who despite having all of the above is about to discover that she really isn’t who she thought she was for 24 privileged years.

In one devastating evening she learns that not only is she adopted but that her biological parents are infamous serial killers!

Way to kick a girl when she’s down. With the paparazzi breathing down her neck and the elite social circle of protection closing it’s door to her, Olivia runs. On a limited budget and with the overwhelming desire to hide from the world, Olivia finds herself inexplicably drawn to Cainsville, a bizarre Twin Peaks type of town that welcomes her like a long lost relative.

The town and its inhabitants begin to waken memories and intuitive sensations that she doesn’t understand, but urge her to investigate the possibility that her parents are not responsible for the eight identical murders. Guided only by gut instinct and a variety of undecipherable signs Olivia is on a mission to unearth the truth.

Omens is the first in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, a tantalising taste of what promises to be a weird and wonderful literary journey. There are many other fish out of water type novels out there but Omens adds a hefty, sadistic kick, not only with the horrific serial killings but with the additional mystery of Cainsville and it’s creepy residents.

Armstrong leaks tiny little clues as to who and what the Cainsville folk might be but allows the reader to test their own powers of observation in order to uncover the hidden secrets.
If you’ve ever enjoyed the guilty little pleasure of Nintendo DS’s Professor Layton And The Mysterious Village, Cainsville will suck you in like dust up a vacuum cleaner.