Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Watcher in the Woods: A Rockton Novel by Kelley Armstrong


Rockton is strange little town.  It's in the middle of nowhere, is lacking many services taken for granted, and has a mix of victims and criminals.  It's a good place to hide people.  There's a council that is pretty dysfunctional, has a sheriff and a detective, and uses locals as a militia.  There are evil people and predatory animals around, so you need protection.  Despite all that, someone is murdered...

Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.

The dead man is a US Marshall.  He wouldn't say who he was after and there's no end of suspects.  With several killers in the batch of residents it could have been anyone.  It could even be someone who didn't kill before but doesn't want to be taken back.

The residents don't say much, claim they didn't see anything, and council just wants it solved and ended.  There are hostiles hiding in the woods, Casey has a run in with a mama bear, and there are trouble makers in town.  They're having a tough time figuring out who the killer is...

This story is almost dystopian even though the end of the world as we know it hasn't come.  It just seems that way in Rockton.

This was an interesting mystery that took some good investigation to solve.   I enjoyed the romance between the sheriff and the detective.  They make a good team.

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