Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions.jpg.size-230Title: Visions (#2 in the Cainsville series)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 4/5

Kelley Armstrong steps it up a notch in Visions, the second installment of the Cainsville Series trilogy.

 As a fan of Armstrong, I have read all of her pervious books and this is definitely up there with the best of them. I haven’t been particularly scared when reading any of her pervious writing, and the Nadia Stafford series can get quite scary.

Visions continues where the first book, Omens, left off. Only a day or so has past, and we’re thrown straight into the action when Olivia finds a dead body in her car, dressed in her own clothes, wearing a blonde wig to look like our heroine

I have been reading this book non-stop of an evening in my new flat, and some of the scenes do get quite scary. My imagination was running wild as I read them and needless to say I double-checked my door was locked more than once…

In the first book Olivia was getting close to her lawyer Gabriel, an emotionless man who is helping her figure out whether her parents are actually murderers or if they’ve been set up. She also met Ricky, son of a bicker gang leader that Gabriel works as a lawyer for. In this book, Ricky and Olivia get closer, but not everyone thinks their relationship is for the best. Olivia has changed drastically from the naive young woman she started off as in the first book. Armstrong is excellent at character development, and her characters are, as usual, well rounded and believable.

Kelley Armstrong is my favourite writer, and she’s dabbled with both the supernatural and thriller writing in the past. The Cainsville series combines her experience of writing in both these genres with excellent results. The supernatural element of overcast by the thriller aspect, however, reader’s still know it’s there. It was hinted at in Omens, but in this book it becomes a bigger part of the plot. Armstrong handles the supernatural better than any other writer I’ve come across. It is explained and isn’t pushed on the reader.

I usually say that you can jump into a series without having read the first book, but because Visions follows on so closely from Omens, I would advise against it. Even though Armstrong does go over the events of the first book, there is still quite a lot I’d forgotten having been away from the series for a year. Overall, I’m glad to say that Visions does not disappoint.

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