Countdown to A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong with Alone in the Woods

Title: Alone in the Woods

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Rockton (Book 5)

Genre: Mystery, horror

Summary: Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least that’s what Detective Casey Duncan has felt since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there’s always something to worry about.

While on a much needed camping vacation with her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods. The sound leads them to a tragic scene: a woman buried under the snow, murdered, a baby still alive in her arms.

A town that doesn’t let anyone in under the age of eighteen, Rockton must take care of its youngest resident yet while solving another murder and finding out where the baby came from – and whether she’s better off where she is.

This was actually my first time reading this book and oh boy did it make my head spin in the best possible way. It was gripping. I couldn’t put it down last night when I picked it up until it was finished and managed to finish it in one session.

First there was the concern for an infant left out in the snow. Then there was the worry about what this would mean for Eric and Casey, and the rest of Rockton. Would they even be allowed to keep a child there when the rules explicitly have stated that it’s not allowed.

A whole lot of new characters get introduced and some of them are downright sinister. Some are sympathetic. And some I’m still not too sure about.

I loved learning more about the First and Second Settlements, as well as the hostiles and what makes them…hostile.

This book is a genuine adventure from beginning to end. The characters continue to involve, and well, Eric and Casey opening up to each other just that little bit more made it even better.

I can’t wait to see what else Kelley Armstrong, and Rockton have in store for us readers.

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