Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that's not why she's on the run. Her best friend's ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she'll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she's heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.
Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they're not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he's more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.
People disappear to Rockton so no-one can find them. But the trouble is people also disappear from Rockton. New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author and master of thrills Kelley Armstrong returns to Rockton for more page-turning suspense, following her #1 national bestseller, City of the Lost.
It's winter in Rockton, a little town hidden deep in the wilds of the Yukon. The town exists for people who need to escape their pasts, though it's not clear if those in hiding are victims or perpetrators. Or, when the lines gets blurred, maybe both. Ask Casey. She's been used, betrayed, beaten. But she's also killed someone. She moved to Rockton to help her best friend, Diana. Ex-best friend. Diana lied to get Casey to come with her; she used her and she almost got her killed. But Casey decided to stay anyway, to work as a detective alongside her new boyfriend and the town's sheriff, Eric Dalton.
Fresh off solving a series of grisly murders, Casey and Deputy Will Anders get stranded in a blizzard while they're tracking a runner from the town. Seeking shelter in a cave, they stumble across a woman who's been imprisoned in a deep well. Nicole Chavez--whom everybody thought had run away from town and died in the woods more than a year earlier--is alive. Barely. But she can't identify her captor: she's never seen his face.
Was she taken by one of the hostiles who inhabit the wilderness around the town? Or is Casey facing something even worse? In a town where everyone lies about their past and lives under assumed identities, it's very easy to hide your true nature...
When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect. There are no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. She certainly didn't expect to become the town homicide detective. But, the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him.
The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing.
I loved reading these books again! I loved reading them the first time, and yeah, I just had to read them again, since it's been 3 years between the two of them since I've read them, so yeah, it was great to go back to the beginning!
I remembered that Casey didn't really want to leave her life, but that with the threat Diana's ex-husband posed combined with her past catching up with her, she went, but I'd forgotten that it was only going to be a short term thing. It's the little details that help make a book-and a series-really awesome to read, and this series and these books have that!
Eric Dalton is one of my favourite heroes! He has a lot of sides to him, and he acts like an asshole, because that's what people need in this town from him. But he knows it, and he does it because he wants what's best for his town. I really enjoyed watching him and Casey fall in love!
I'd forgotten about his parents coming from modern Rockton, that he's only second generation. Which makes his kidnapping all the worse, because his parents could tell him about the outside world and he could've made the choice to join in. But he didn't get that chance to make that choice, it was forced on him.
The mysteries in these books, they were really complex and great, all the more better considering the fact that there's only about 200 people in town, and then there's the settlers and the hostiles. Not really a lot of people! But it makes it so great to read!
One thing that made it so great to read these books back to back, was all the little things (and not so little things) that carry over, like the potential killer bunnies. Or Casey's theory about the hostiles, that the council is doing something to them.
So what I want from Watcher in the Woods? Dealing with the fallout of the previous book, with Petra shooting Brady, and on who's orders. I can't wait to see her interactions with her sister, and I wonder if we'll see when they first get together for Casey to convince April to come to Rockton for Kenny. Plus development on hostiles/council theory!
These books were so great to read, and I can't wait for more! They're just so great to read!
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Rockton #1, 2, 3
First Read: February 5th, 2016, February 8th, 2017, January 31st, 2018
Read: August 8th, 9th, 9th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her books, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Random House Canada
Published: January 2nd 2016, February 7th 2017, January 30th 2018
City of the Lost:
A Darkness Absolute:
This Fallen Prey: