A Cainsville Novel
By Kelley Armstrong
(Dutton, Hardcover, 9780525953043, 496pp.)
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series. She lives in rural Ontario with her family.
Praise for Kelley Armstrong’s OMENS
"Armstrong, author of the popular Otherworld series, excels at world-building, and this "reverse Cinderella story" perfectly launches a new series chronicaling the irresistibly odd and creepy Cainsville universe. Fantasy fans will be eager to makre repeated visits." - Booklist
"Megastar Kelley Armstrong is back with the launch of her electrifying new Cainsville series...Hop on, this series is an adventure you won't want to miss!" - RT Book Reviews
“One of the best new series debuts this year! With its compelling characters and completely original set up, OMENS delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills. I can't wait to read more!”
-Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch & Go
“Like the creepy, spooky town of Cainsville, Kelley Armstrong's OMENS lured me in. I was busy, way too busy for this book, which, through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center. Don't pick this book up if you have anything else to do. It will grab you by the collar and won't let you up for air until it's good and ready. And once you’re done, you won't soon forget it.”
-Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood
“Cainsville might be a nice place to visit, but I'm too creeped out to live there. Luckily, Armstrong isn't, and her dispatches from this village filled with sinister secrets are going to be keeping her readers up well into the night.”
-Linwood Barclay, #1 international bestselling author of A Tap on the Window
“Urban fantasy powerhouse Armstrong (the Otherworld series) begins the Cainsville series with a gripping thriller-paced novel featuring a young woman who learns that her wealthy parents adopted her after her biological parents were convicted of being serial killers. Mind control, gunplay, and double crosses will keep readers on edge to the last page.”
“Through first class writing and characters—including the town of Cainsville itself—that leap off the pages, Armstrong has penned a tale that I, for one, can’t wait to see continue.”
Praise for Kelley Armstrong “Sexy, smart, and action-packed! Kelley Armstrong is truly one of the greats in the genre.”
—Richelle Mead, New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series
“There is never a slow moment...or a false line in Armstrong's writing.”
—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Dead and Gone and other books in the Sookie Stackhouse series
"[Armstrong's] books have it all - danger, romance, mystery, and characters you care about." —News and Sentinel (West Virginia)
"Kelley Armstrong has entralled fans of her Women of the Otherworld series for a decade, using her gift for mystery, fantasy, and the creation of butt-kicking heroines." — Shelf Awareness on Spell Bound