WATCHER IN THE WOODS, ROCKTON SERIES, by Kelly Armstrong, Minotaur Books, Doubleday Canada, Penguin Random House


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.

approx. 368 pages

Out February 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Set in the Yukon territory in Canada, in a hidden town of Rockton, the main characters being part of the three-man police force amongst a bunch of criminals, victims and people wanting to disappear for various reasons. How more exciting can you get.

This thriller was a mix of strained relationships, tons of mystery to go around and a feeling of isolation. A great who dunnit when all you have around is a bunch of potential suspects.

Although the story has a familiar ring to it: Marshall appears claiming there’s a criminal to be arrested, suddenly Marshall is shot dead before anyone knows who that is, police have to struggle with a complicated group of suspects to solve the crime before it happens again.

What makes this special from other thrillers with the same premise is Armstrong’s writing.  Her voice is very distinctive, aided by her ability to create a world unique for her characters to commit crimes in. Her character development is strong and decisive and she allows them to be faulted and layered.  The whole surroundings of the crime is unique and helps to drive the plot full of twists and turns.

A hidden town meant for second chances. So who broke the code? You’ll love the raw, jagged edges to the characters and be swept along by the intrigue of the crime. I do recommend you get the first book and start there as this one is the forth in a series. If you like different/odd crime dramas, you’ll love Armstrong’s Rockton series.

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