Book Reviews

Omens by Kelley Armstrong


The last twenty four years of Olivia Taylor-Jones’ life revolved around wealth, charity fundraisers for abused women, Ivy League educations, and elite social circles with her fiancé — the good-looking and wealthy senate hopeful James Morgan.

But Olivia’s life is suddenly turned upside down when she finds out that she is adopted, and that her real name is Eden Larsen, and that she is the missing daughter of America’s most notorious serial killers, Pamela and Todd Larsen, currently behind bars serving a life sentence.

Olivia flees her old life, refusing to take any kind of financial support from her adoptive mother Lena, and moves into a quaint little town outside the city called Cainsville. The town has strong local roots, the population very small, just the kind of place where nobody would come looking for her. Immediately the locals warm up to Olivia, and are curious enough about her efforts to investigate the Larsen murder case. She lands a job as a waitress to pay the bills, and enlists the help of tough and no-nonsense lawyer Gabriel Walsh, who will prove to be a reliable ally in proving her parents’ innocence, and a handy bodyguard against the dangers that follow Olivia wherever she goes.

It took me over a month to finish this book, a clear sign that the story is not exciting or engaging enough for me. To be fair, there were exciting parts in the book, but then you really have to trudge through the really boring ones. I read and finished it because I don’t like to quit on a book, regardless of how joyless it is. I understand that this is the first book in the series and the author is laying the groundwork for the second book, but sadly, it was just really, really boring for me. Oh, and the big reveal at the end? I was not even impressed. Anyway, I’m reading the second book now called Visions. First few chapters are okay and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the case until its end.


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