A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 2nd 2016 by Random House Canada
Source: review copy from Random Penguin House Canada

Well, I've found a new favourite author! I've read a few of her paranormals and now two of her thrillers and I can say I'm hooked on Kelley Armstrong. This is a brilliant and unique premise allowing for a creepy thriller and Armstrong delivers! She kept me guessing throughout the entire book, changing my mind right up until the very end. I had my suspicions on too many people to have ever solved this one! There is one of the grossest crime scenes I've ever read in a serial killer mystery and I don't throw names around much but the scene is worthy of Mo Hader (my fav for gruesome scenes). I just loved the whole atmosphere of the book: the abandonment, the loneliness, the Wild West aura, and yet it was pure Canadian. There is a romance subplot, and I know always say I'm not into romance (and I'm not) but the romance part is laid back enough that it won me over and I especially enjoyed the characters. The book ends on a complete note but there are threads that make it possible the main characters could return in a sequel. Which would be totally awesome!


  1. I never read any of the paranormal but definitely happy to read another thriller by her. Exciting review Nicola and gruesome, i'm intrigued. I have a Mo Hader on my TBR list, haven't tried her either.

  2. Oh boy! You haven't read Mo Hayder? She is intense!! I'm not up-to-date with her books but I started with the first one and each one just gets better and better! The series books and the stand-alones equally. Pig Island is more horror than mystery, if I remember correctly so it got a bit of flack but I liked it just the same.