Cruel Fate

Cruel Fate

by Kelley Armstrong

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Three years after discovering that her biological parents are convicted serial killers, Olivia finally has her life back, and it's better than ever. She loves her new job, as investigator for notorious defense attorney Gabriel Walsh. She has Gabriel, too, as they settle in together, dividing their time between Chicago and Cainsville. Olivia's also settled into her role as the legendary Mallt-y-Nos to Cainsville's fae population.

The only dream unfulfilled is seeing her father freed from jail, where he's been wrongly imprisoned for over twenty years. Now that wish is finally coming true. Todd Larsen is a free man. Someone, however, doesn't want him to stay that way. Todd may have been in prison for crimes he didn't commit, but there's one he did—the murder of a serial killer, whose death launched the chain of events that led to Todd's incarceration.

Before Todd can settle in with Olivia and Gabriel, the body of his one and only victim surfaces, along with planted clues directing the police to their doorstep. Does someone have a personal grudge against Todd? Or is it a fae targeting Olivia with the one threat she can't ignore? Olivia needs to find out who's behind this, before her father is ripped from her again...for good this time.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161234853
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Cainsville Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,669
File size: 1 MB

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Cruel Fate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
I loved Kelley Armstrong’s previous “Cainsville” novella, Rough Justice, which was my introduction to her work. In the small town of Cainsville, outside Chicago, fae have made a home, as secure as any in the modern world. The central characters, Olivia, her boyfriend, attorney Gabriel, and her former boyfriend and biker, Ricky, are incarnations of characters from Welsh legend, most notably in their participation in the Wild Hunt, that infallible instrument of fatal justice against the guilty. Both novellas combine mystery, drama, and evolving relationships in a highly satisfying way. In Cruel Fate, Olivia’s father has just been released from prison, exonerated as a serial killer. He’s not entirely innocent, however, having murdered the real serial killer. Now someone’s after him, and it’s up to Olivia and Gabriel to find out who and why before her father becomes a victim, himself. One problem I had with the previous book was the slowly evolution of the relationships, but reading a second novella gave me perspective and pacing. While both can be read as stand-alones, I found a deeper enjoyment in seeing self-discovery and progressive mutual understanding while a dramatic mystery unfolds. The good news is that there are a whole bunch of these stories. Now I want to go back to the beginning and read them all. The usual disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book, but no one bribed me to say anything in particular about it. Although chocolates and fine imported tea are always welcome.
Ms-Hurst More than 1 year ago
After I began reading I realized there was some familiarity here. Checking my own reviews, I realized that I had read the first book in the series, but I had not read any more. The premise sounded intriguing, so I read this one. I feel I missed a little bit and I may have enjoyed it more had I read the books between. Instead, I was viewing people that had history I was not aware of and relationships I could not feel. Perhaps for those who are invested in the characters, this is a fine addition to the series. For anyone who isn't invested in the series, it may be a bit confusing and fall a little flat.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
GARGOYLES are thought to fight off evil and to protect house and garden. Cainsville has many - some visible and some seem to hide in the shadows. I love this series and the characters involved in this paranormal place of fae and hunters. My favorite part has always been the connection between Olivia and Gabriel who are living as a couple in Cainsville. Cruel Fate just did not give me enough of them and their connection to each other. After twenty years; Olivia's father has been released from prison and the story centers on her protectiveness of him. "A copy of this book was provided by Subterranean Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ARMSTRONG's CAINSVILLE SERIES SHOULD BE READ IN ORDER! This is not a stand-alone; too much has happened in previous works.
MauCarden6 More than 1 year ago
It would be a cruel fate indeed if Cruel Fate was the last Cainsville novella. There are still stories to be finished. Olivia Taylor- Jones, Gabriel Walsh and Ricky Gallagher are celebrating the release of supposed serial killer Todd Larsen from prison. Larsen is Olivia’s recently discovered biological father. Of course just because Todd was exonerated for the deaths for which he was convicted doesn’t mean he hasn’t killed. The one, absolutely no doubt killing that gives new meaning to a “he needed killing” killing. Unfortunately, someone has dug up that body along with his victim’s body and is dropping strong hints to the police that Larsen is responsible for both killings. Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky are still the warmest and strongest of friends, with Olivia and Gabriel becoming more and more settled. Supporting one another, compensating for one another’s weaknesses, they complete one another. They band together to fight for Todd’s continued freedom and his re-introduction into the world. Kelley Armstrong has the golden touch; her stories, her characters, and her fantasy world building based on ancient folklore are all addictive. Of course, Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky are still extremely ethically challenged. Part of their charm, dahlings. I think I am extremely lucky that I didn’t discover the Cainsville series until the summer Rituals was published. I would have gone insane waiting year to year for the books. In Cruel Fate Armstrong lightly touches upon the gargoyle ending of Rituals; still one of the loveliest endings I’ve ever read. The Fae roles of Liv, Gabriel and Ricky are not a major part of Cruel Fate, but Cainsville and its citizens are still present in the story, still working their magic on the readers. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. (less)