Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
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Olivia (Liv) Taylor Jones learns that she isn't who she thought she was. Her story is told in the first person; she finds out in one moment that she's been adopted and that her birth parents are currently in prisons, serving life sentences for the murders of eight people - they're the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Olivia (Liv) Taylor Jones learns that she isn't who she thought she was. Her story is told in the first person; she finds out in one moment that she's been adopted and that her birth parents are currently in prisons, serving life sentences for the murders of eight people - they're the notorious Larsons - the serial killer couple. Her mom is suddenly cold, her fiance doesn't handle things quite right after this, and Liv ends up running off, with hardly any cash, trying to find a job and stay under the radar, away from the paparazzi. Things don't go so well, and she ends up steered to a small town outside of Chicago where she thinks the inhabitants aren't aware of who she really is....turns out she's wrong about this.
The town she ends up in is Cainsville, and has its own quirks, with some very strange inhabitants. During the novel, you're given a peek of the characters, with a short chapter told in their pov (third person) with just a tease of their motivations, or thoughts about Liv/Eden. Throughout the story, even by the end, there's a few of the characters where I wasn't quite sure if they're the "good"guys or the "bad"guys, or even if there is a distinction. What I enjoyed about Omens, is that not one character could be considered completely without fault. Even the lead character found herself doing some things she wasn't quite comfortable with - and best of all, didn't angst about it for pages after, but she did acknowledge her discomfort and then deal with it quickly.
After a series of events, she ends up working with Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer unashamedly money motivated. She's completely aware of his motivations, and seems to find that almost comforting - the fact that he doesn't hide behind altruistic reasoning, but just puts it out there. She ends up working part time in a diner, and helping Gabriel investigate some leads regarding her birth-mother's case, after meeting her mother in prison.
The town of Cainsville is almost a character in its own right - there are gargoyles all over, and seem to be very important to the town and its inhabitants. The townies are an interesting mix of people - most of them are people who have lived there for generations, some moving away, then coming back - some never leaving. One of them seems to be very old, indeed. There is Gabriel's aunt, who works as a psychic- something she admits is part con and part for real. Liv's landlady - Grace is a rather grumpy woman who is most likely a mix of some fae and human. A regular of the diner - seems to be a young man, but even the town elders defer to him; In fact, the town elders also seem to be extremely powerful, especially for a town in the 21st century.
“You're not shooting the cat, it would leave a mess. "True. also the killing of small animals is the entrance ramp onto the serial killer highway" Damm. I bet the cat knew that. he picked me because I can't hurt him, or I'd be fulfilling my biological destiny. So I'm screwed.”Gabriel & Oliva
“Will you give me twenty bucks if I hit the head? "I'll give you ten if you just shut up and shoot.”Gabriel & Oliva at the fireing range
“One for bad news, Two for mirth, Three is a wedding, Four is a birth, Five is for riches, Six is a thief, Seven a journey, Eight is for grief.”Old rhyme about crows (Olivia)
“A friend helps you move; a real friend helps you move a body.”Olivia comptemplating Gaberiel's trust of her.
“I have met monsters and they all have quite normal parents.”Anita Mosley
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