Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review - Watcher in the Woods

Author:  Kelley Armstrong
Series:  Rockton #4
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   Minotaur Books
Format:  Trade Paperback ARC
No. of Pages:  368
Date of Publication:  February 5, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

 In #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the town of Rockton—and her fans—are in for another hair-raising adventure.

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she's come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and her estranged sister, in town for just the weekend. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet.


Casey Duncan, a homicide detective, has been successfully living and working in the small town of Rockton. She was accepted into the unique town of criminals and others who really have no place to go. It doesn't come easy as they are completely living off the grid, with no cell phones, mail, the Internet, and the like. Casey is not only working for the town's Sheriff, Eric Dalton, but they are living together as well. The previous book, The Fallen Prey, left readers with yet another cliffhanger. A specialist was needed and Casey could only think of one person, her estranged sister.

Reluctantly, her sister April, a neurosurgeon, agrees to go with Casey and Eric to Rockton to help. This is a real challenge to both sisters. But, right in the midst of things, a US Marshal appears and demands the release of a resident of the town. When the Marshall is killed, the suspect pool is quite small, and Casey has quite a job to do.

As I read this series in very short order in just a few days, all the characters, their stories and their current circumstances were more than familiar. However, to someone new to the Rockton series, simply reading Watcher in the Woods might cause a bit of a miss. Hopefully readers will research a bit to discover that this prolific author, Kelley Armstrong, has done a fantastic job here and will take the time to read the entire series. 

As always, danger is par for the course, but the byplay between Casey and Eric is absolutely stellar. While definitely full of intrigue and terrific crime solving, one of my strongest attractions to the entire series to-date is the relationships built, and in this case reestablished. I admit to hesitating at the outset to being drawn to criminals, but the situation is so unique (at least to me), that I practically inhaled each book in the Rockton series in just a matter of days. I cannot wait for whatever the author has next. 

The previous three books in the series are City of the Lost, A Darkness Absolute and This Fallen Prey. There is another unnamed and undated book in the series to come.

Many thanks to Kelley Armstrong, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review for City of the Lost,

Review for A Darkness Absolute,

Review for This Fallen Prey,


Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets. 

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