Watcher in the Woods

Watcher in the Woods

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"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. But then, 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."--
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780385690669
Branch Call Number: FIC ARMST K


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ReadingAdviser_leni Feb 22, 2019

Incredible! Kelley Armstrong has done it again! The Rockton series keeps getting better and better. I loved the addition of Casey's sister, who *spoiler alert* seems to be on the autism spectrum. I finished reading this book in one sitting, as I could not do anything else. As soon as I was finished, I wanted more.

Feb 03, 2019

Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters…
Caring, sharing…
But in tight places
We think and we act as one... uh-huh
These song lyrics from White Christmas are most definitely not written about Det. Casey Duncan and her sister Dr. April Duncan. Casey has a very problematic relationship with her genius sister. However Rockton needs Dr. April Duncan, so Casey and her lover/boss/best friend Sheriff Eric Dalton sneak April into Rockton to remove a bullet from the spine of a Rockton resident.
Let’s keep talking movies. Big strong lawman, either Wayne or Eastwood finds his way into town to arrest a serious criminal. In Watcher in the Woods the arrival of a Deputy U.S Marshall (DUSM), Mark Garcia, at the seemingly protected and extremely hidden Yukon town of Rockton is far more serious than the news of a dangerous criminal hiding out. After all, the entire town is made up of the wrongly convicted, or survivors hiding out from abusers and stalkers, and maybe a few white collar criminals who bought their way in. But sanctuary for serious criminals, nah, couldn’t happen. BWAHAHAHA.
The DUSM refuses to tell Casey and Eric who he has come to arrest and take back to the States; and even more worrisome, how he found Rockton, a supposed impossibility. When the DUSM Garcia is shot dead, Rockton’s problems just went from dreadful to dire, because sure enough this guy really was a Deputy U.S. Marshall. The killing of a U.S. lawman is an extremely serious event, a Federal agent even worse.
As much as I love Rockton; the fascinating stories, the splendor of Yukon's boreal forest, the terrifying hostiles that live outside of Rockton, it is the residents of Rockton I miss from book to book. Where else can you find a madam asked to treat someone “on the spectrum”, or a butcher to treat a sociopath, or even find an assassin/comic book illustrator?
Rockton gains some fascinating new residents, while losing a few. Some old relationships are partially mended, others are shattered.
Watcher in the Woods is a terrific, serious crime story, but it has some extremely amusing dialogue and situations; sometimes the same scene. Bear bowling, anyone?
Armstrong is revered for her various world-building series. Rockton might be the most normal; I think it might be the best.
One thing hasn’t changed. The rabbits. They are still waiting.
Thank to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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