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Visions: Cainsville #2    by Kelley Armstrong Amazon.com order for
Visions
by Kelley Armstrong
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Random House, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Visions follows Omens as the second in Kelley Armstrong's new Cainsville series that successfully blends mystery, magic and romance. Note that Armstrong is also the author of the extremely popular Women of the Otherworld books.

The first episode turned the life of twenty-four-year-old socialite Olivia Taylor Jones (sole daughter of a wealthy Chicago family, engaged to tech firm CEO James Morgan) upside down. She learned that her birth parents are notorious serial killers, Todd and Pamela Larsen, serving life sentences in jail. Following omens, Liz fled to Cainsville, Illinois, where she worked as a waitress. After amoral ambulance chaser Gabriel Walsh made contact, they worked together and cleared her birth parents of two murders. Olivia visits her mother in jail, but Pamela keeps her secrets close.

As Visions opens, Liv finds a dead woman in her car, eyes gouged out and dressed to look like her. She calls Gabriel who rushes to the scene to find the body gone. Next, the head appears on Olivia's bed, and she identifies the victim as a missing young woman, Ciara Conway, with links to Cainsville. An admission from Gabe damages their relationship, while Liv's ex-fiancÚ James tries to get back together with her. She meets Cwn Annwn, who gives her a boar's tusk for protection, and falls into a comfortable romance with Satan's Saint biker Rick Gallagher.

Olivia gradually learns that two magical clans (mortal enemies) want something from her - she, Rick and Gabe are 'Three pawns in a very old game.' Changelings are involved, and one of them is deadly. Don't miss this series - Visions is even better than Omens and I'm looking forward to what comes next, as Liv learns more about her own and Gabe's fathers.

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