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Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Rockton #4
Published by MacMillan on February 5, 2019
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eBook
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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. 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.
Another fantastic read in the Rockton series. This world is wild, beautiful and yet a bit scary. There are the people in Rockton who are on the run with shaded pasts, the hostiles who used to live in Rockton or who live the surrounding Yukon Wilderness and the outsiders to be contained who are all possible problems / threats. This town all has to work together with unique rules to survive in this somewhat primitive outpost.
I am totally in love with this world, its well-developed characters with their unique aspects. The mysteries are fast-paced and well-plotted. Watcher in the Woods has Rockton coming to the attention of outsiders. in more ways than one. Phil continues to be a problem. There are shocking revelations about those close to the law enforcement team of Eric, Casey and Will. But I do love the solid connection and trust this trio has for each other.
The characters are so well developed ; they make me feel. I am happy with Eric. I feel a bit on edge with many others. I appreciate the help of Isabelle and Will. I feel the irritation with Diana, Jen and Paul. I feel the uncertainty with Matthias. I feel the frustration with April. I feel furious with Mark Garcia. OK and I feel joy with Storm. I feel fear and excitement and pride about Casey.
Casey has her eyes opened to a different perspective on her past with her estranged sister, April, coming to town. Storm is part of their lives but less present in this story. So there is continued growth in their personal journeys as a backdrop to the usual murder and mayhem. I don’t know how I will wait another whole year for more, as every book in this series is amazing.
I listened to this one at 1.25x speed which used to be my usual speed but now I listen more often at 1.5x speed. I am not sure why except maybe there is great detail and a fast pace to the action and I probably need the time to absorb it. Therese Plummer performs this with a great style to each voice, which are now like old friends to me. I enjoyed this performance so much. Highly Recommended.
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