95 points, 5 stars!


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.

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“My father was free, finally free, and it fell on me to make sure everything went perfectly.”


I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this. I love Cainsville. I loved it from the moment I started reading the first book, years ago. I love the characters and I love the world and I love the story. The smile was because, once again, I was able to reconnect with those friends I love, even after the series was over. I was so happy.

The Cainsville novellas are like epilogues for the story that didn’t need to happen, but you love that it did. Cruel Fate is the fourth Cainsville novella I’ve read, and Kelley Armstrong has never let me down. It is also the sequel to the events of the previous novella, Rough Justice, so if you haven’t read that first, you should. I loved it the story.

Olivia has managed to find enough evidence for Gabriel to get her dad out of prison. She is hovering, and she knows it, but she is so happy to finally get him out. She wants everything to go perfect. But as you know, it can’t go perfect. Gabriel is there to help her, even when things go wrong. Because of course things will go wrong. They always do.

Honestly, as much as I love that Olivia managed to do what seemed impossible, I felt it got in the way. Mostly what I wanted was more Olivia and Gabriel together. I love them so much. So, so much. Even though most of the novella was about Olivia and Gabriel working and living together, I wanted more. I’m just greedy that way. It is just so cute. I just want more of their life! The investigation just made me want more of the couple than more of the story.

I have seen others say that this is the last novella. If true it makes me sad because I want to see so much more of Olivia and Gabriel’s lives together. But, the story is already over, this is just extras. Extras I very, very much enjoy.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Kelley Armstrong, Subterranean Press, and Netgalley for providing this copy for review!