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Watcher in the Woods: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels Book 4) Kindle Edition
Watcher in the Woods is the next gripping installment of #1 bestselling Kelley Armstrong's riveting Casey Duncan series.
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 the several months that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home.
When a US Marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents, but won't say who, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey's estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why someone would kill to keep him quiet—before the killer strikes again.
"Bestseller Armstrong fuses small-town mystery with high-concept thriller in her propulsive fourth Rockton novel. . . . Casey's present-tense narration heightens tension, while colorful characters with checkered pasts add humor, intrigue and heart. New readers and longtime fans will enjoy Armstrong's adrenaline-fueled plot, which cleverly capitalizes upon her inventive series premise." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Kelley Armstrong
"Armstrong is a talented and evocative writer who knows well how to balance the elements of good, suspenseful fiction, and her stories evoke poignancy, action, humour and suspense." —The Globe and Mail
"Kelley Armstrong has long been a favorite of mine." —Charlaine Harris
"[A] master of crime thrillers." —Kirkus Reviews
"Like Stephen King, who manages an under-the-covers, flashlight-in-face kind of storytelling without sounding ridiculous, Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own." —The Walrus
"Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite writers." —Karin Slaughter
"Kelley Armstrong is one of the purest storytellers Canada has produced in a long while." —National Post --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07D2BXN27
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (February 5, 2019)
- Publication date : February 5, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 7877 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #213,489 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2019
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With one of their own injured with a bullet inside of him, Casey and Dalton make the call to bring in April, Casey’s sister, who happens to be a doctor of sorts. Though Casey and April never really got along all that well, they are desperate to save Kenny. With a lot of pleading they’re finally able to convince April to come up to Rockton. But it would seem they gained more troubles after this trip for an intruder is spotted in the woods of Rockton and he’s clearly hunting for someone inside the town.
The intruder is revealed as a Marshal who is looking to bring a citizen of Rockton in to be arrested for a past crime. The only problem is, exactly which of the citizens is he looking for? For in Rockton, the people there pay a pretty hefty fee to be offered the protection that Rockton has. But it’s not long before the plot thickens and the Marshal is killed. Now there’s a definite murderer in the town and it’s up to Casey and Dalton to find out who it is and rid their town of him. The Council who financially runs the town does not like rule-breaking citizens.
Since I read this over the course of a few days, I can’t honestly say I had pinpointed the murderer down. I kept making guesses and I may have landed on the killer at some point, but after a while I was too absorbed in the story to try to think logically!
Though I may miss Kelley’s paranormals fiercely, I have to admit that I love her mysteries too! They may not have the paranormal edge I adore, but the characters are definitely ones I enjoy reading about. Even the characters I grow to hate because they’re deplorable! Kelley has a certain magic with her words and stories that makes pretty much anything an enjoyable and enticing read! Every book of hers has been spellbinding and worthy of the “page-turner” description.
There is still a little bit of romance to be had as well. Though Casey and Dalton rarely have time for such frivolities what with mysteries needing solved, but I like that they take a timeout every now and then.
The hardest part to overcome was trying to remember who’s who. There’s quite a few people in this town and since I haven’t read the previous book in a few years, it was hard to remember if I liked this person or not. If they were on Casey’s good side, that kind of thing. But that’s more of a me issue anyway. Lol.
Watcher in the Woods was an intense mystery filled with murder and a town full of probable suspects. It’s a read that will keep you guessing and have you enjoying the time spent reading yet another amazing Kelley Armstrong novel!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
There is plenty of action and mystery in this book. Even Casey and Dalton no longer know who they can trust. They have to look with new eyes at everyone slowly clearing them as suspects before they get to the bottom of who did what and why.
I like the relationship between Casey and Dalton and the way they fight for the citizens of their town. In the beginning of the series some of the residents came across as unlikable but coming to know them better has made me begin liking and caring about them. I look forward to what will happen in Rockton next.
I read this book through my local library but I do own some of the series. I just read too many books to be able to purchase all of them.
This series is so good, so unique and man I can’t get enough.
Dark (but not in the sense you would think), twisted and so compelling. This author really has such a unique concept with this series. The characters are so different and I really can’t dive into without spoiling it. Because you need to meet these characters and go through the layers that get peeled back. You need to see, or not see what they are about.
I can’t recommend this series enough. Years ago I read this authors PNR/UF series and I loved. When I stopped working at Borders (they went under) I lost track of her. I read so many authors. A friend told me that I must read. And man does she know me.
If you are looking for mystery with a unique spin, some romance and an all around wild ass ride. READ! You won’t be sorry.
Watcher in the Woods delivered all of the suspense, and complex characterization that I've come to expect from the Rockton series (and the romance is really great too!). But what helps set this book apart is the presence of Casey's sister, a neurosurgeon who arrives to help an injured member of Rockton. Their complicated past puts Casey's in a more vulnerable mindset then we're used to seeing from her lately, which makes for an interesting read. The mystery elements are really good this time around, and I finished the book eager for more. Bring on book five!
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The Rockton series books follow on very closely from each other, and while it may be possible to pick up the story I would suggest starting at book 1 City of the Lost. This particular episode picks up where book 3 ended and is more of a continuation of that storyline with the added complication of a US Marshall finding Rockton. Our leading characters, have a lot of problems to handle, some bad apples to get out of town, murder to solve, injured resident to save and Rocktons privacy to protect.
With every book we get to know more about the towns people and about the history of both Rockton and Sheriff Dalton. This is managed whilst keeping the pace of the mystery clipping along. I found this book quite satisfying though as usual it leaves some loose ends to pick up in the next book. As usual there is some violence and bad language as this is an adult book about rough and ready individuals living in a hostile environment, but I am either getting used to it or it's toned down a bit this time.
I would recommend this series to anyone that likes a well crafted thriller.
Saying that it's a good book, well written. Personally I found some parts of it a little far fetched, but some of the new characters that are introduced I would like to read more about, so if there's another in this series I will definitely be reading it.
I shoot through all of her books when I get them and this one didn’t disappoint. A gripping story with plot twists and turns. In this instalment you learn more about Casey, her family and how the characters deal with their life in Rockton being turned upside down.
I highly recommend Kelley Armstrong’s books if, like me, you love a captivating story to take you to a different place.