Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: Cainsville, Book 5
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Fiction, Supernatural, Romance
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
“I shot her.”
His lips twitched. “You…”
“She pissed me off.”
He choked on a laugh. “I see.”
“She really pissed me off.” (Ch. 3)
I must admit, this was a satisfying conclusion to a series I’ve grown quite fond of. It doesn’t tie up every loose end which leaves this world feeling just as organic as it did at the beginning. Personally, I’m not a fan of stories that end with a pretty little bow, with everything solved and no thoughts of “what now?”. Instead, these imperfect characters need to find a way to continue on with their lives and the choices they’ve made.
Armstrong also does a great job at introducing just the right amount of “new” into Rituals. Being the fifth and final book in a series, it can sometimes feel like too much is getting thrown at you too fast. Thankfully, Armstrong avoided this feeling altogether. She managed to tie in the new with the rest of the series, expanding on moments that the reader doesn’t necessarily realize were important all along.
As with the rest of this series, my favourite part of this book was how the characters worked together in order to solve the mystery. Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky have been through a lot in the months that they’ve know each other so it was nice to see them still being able to put their trust in each other. I know it was hard for all three of them at times, but they pushed through and managed to show everyone that they’re better together than apart.
If you’re looking for a mystery series with a heavy dose of the fantastical, I’d highly recommend giving this series a try – starting with Omens (review here). This series can be highly suspenseful at times and take twists and turns that managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. If Armstrong wasn’t already one of my favourite authors, she’d be well on her way to becoming one after this series.