A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Sphere
Goodreads Summary: 
The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

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.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
When stuck in a storm, Casey and Will find a girl, trapped in a cave for over a year. As they work to find who the perpetrator is, stories mix up and red herrings lie everywhere. In order to separate fallacies from truth Casey must take a look into the darkness, but she may not like the look of the face which stares back at her...

City of the Lost created a lot of interest and paths for future stories, one of such is in A Darkness Absolute. Developments made in the last book carry over and for some events, I am eternally grateful to City of the Lost. However now that the introductory stage is truly finished, proper explorations of Rockton can begin.

There's that's two paragraphs I just accomplished! Hopefully they act as a cushion for what comes next, because I certainly can't write any more without gushing about Eric and Casey. I love them so much, as individuals and as a couple because they work as a perfect team even with disagreements, and rather than feeding the other's insecurities they strengthen each other with their love. Mathias is really brought to my attention in this book and I must say, he fascinates me. Diana might've earned a teensy amount of my respect, but it's too early to say. As for Isabel? The woman will always attract my curiosity.

A Darkness Absolute is certainly very climactic, with high levels of drama all the way through. Personally I didn't get bored at any stage of the book, although that might just have been me and my obsession with everything Kelley Armstrong and thrillers driving my interest. One of the most effective things about this book is how instead of deliberating between a few suspects, we actually had no clue who did it. Mistaken identity and horrible but innocent characters certainly had a part to play in this mind twisting, genius of a thriller. Trust me; you don't want to miss it.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
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Recommended for: Fans of thrillers and small towns.