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Friday, December 30, 2016

REVIEW: Betrayals (Cainsville #4) by Kelley Armstrong

Betrayals is book 4 of 5 in the Cainsville series from Kelley Armstrong. Here's the story thus far:

  • Olivia discovered she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers!
  • She found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois
  • She discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven (cue eerie supernatural music!)
  • Olivia also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but are hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake. (Talk about a complicated love life!)

For this installment, readers learn that someone is killing young women living on the street , and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their own strange relationship, pushing them toward a hard choice.  They must decide if they will fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or if they'll succumb to the forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.

Armstrong is a terrific writer known for her character development, world building and stellar narratives.  I love this series because it is rooted in the supernatural but reads like a great mystery/thriller.  While I enjoyed the book, I'm antsy for the series resolution.  As a character, Gabriel is making great strides, but I want more. I didn't see that ending coming and right now it doesn't sit well with me. We'll have to see what come of it with the final book in 2017.

Another slight grumble is the lack of an audio edition thus far to go along with the others.  An oversight which has been promised will be fixed before the release of the last book. I missed the feel of the narrative I've experienced with the audio of Omens, Visions, and Deceptions

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Follow the author on Twitter: @KelleyArmstrong

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