Countdown to a Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong with Watcher in the Woods

Title: Watcher in the Woods

Series: Rockton (Book 4)

Genre: Mystery, Horror


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.

This book is intriguing as hell, not only because there is an outside in the form of a U.S Marshal, but there is also an outsider in the form of Casey’s sister, April.

Bonds are definitely tested in this novel, and Rockton once again becomes the kind of town where you can trust no one, except those who truly have your back, and even then you might still be surprised. The introduction of the intrusions made for a very tense, anticipatory read and I was gripped by the story even though I’ve already read it.

I couldn’t for the life of me recall who the killer was because there was so many different possibilities, and then the introductions of characters who were not really fleshed out before.

This story also takes you straight through mystery after mystery until the very last pages, and even then there’s so much unsolved about how Rockton operates, and who can get in and really, who is running the show? Not to mention a few new, noticed safety risks for the town.

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