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Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Rockton #5
Published by MacMillan on February 4, 2020
Length: 10 hours, 32 minutes
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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 18, 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.
I continue to love the Rockton series. I would not try to read this as a standalone. The characters grow and change throughout the series. But mostly, each book is so good I would hate to miss any! I highly recommend them.
This remote wilderness town is in a beautiful, primitive place. Rockton is more set up and has more things than the others in the area. There are lone hunters, two groups who used to live in Rockton, hostiles, and a violent trading group. Each murder brings Eric and Casey into contact with the others as they search out the killer. I worry about those contacts.
I enjoy this world full of unique, well-developed characters. Each time we learn more about them and how things are handled in the settlement. Alone in the Wild is primarily time with Eric and Casey. Their relationship as a couple has strengthened, and they are facing some new issues as a couple. Issues which are brought forward by the current case.
We do get a bit more insight into April. The others like Will, Jen, Diana, Isabelle, Mathis and Phil are barely involved with the case taking Eric and Casey out to the other people in the area. Jacob is out of the area on a trip.
There are heart-wrenching emotions with loss, forgiveness, and bitter jealousies. The groups have quite the attitude differences between the young and the old, with changes inching forward, violence barely under the surface. While they solve a case, I felt the story was Eric and Casey and the decisions they are considering for their futures.
I am a huge fan of Therese Plummer who is the narrator of this series. I am so thrilled to listen to her performance. The voices, both male and female, seem distinct to me. I recognize many character voices now. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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