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A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Rockton #6
Published by MacMillan on February 9, 2021
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town of Rockton, and no extensions being granted. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, presumes it’s the natural flux of things, but Casey’s not so sure. Something bigger is happening in the small town they call home.
When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, the sole survivor of a hostile attack, it’s all hands on deck. Even a member of the elusive Rockton council comes in to help. This council member also comes bearing news: Rockton is being shut down due to the hostile situation.
Casey and Eric must now race to save the town that has allowed residents to have a fresh start, away from the mistakes of their past, while also getting to the bottom of this latest attack.
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.
Rockton is more set up and has more things than the other people in the area. A Stranger in Town focuses mostly on murders and kidnappings. There are Danish tourists, two groups of settlers who used to live in Rockton, hostiles, and a violent trading group. The murders look like the hostiles’ work. Eric and Casey rescue one of the Danish who is badly injured.
There is a lot of action with grizzlies, and different groups who want Eric and Casey to find missing people. It’s pretty exhausting all the searching they do to find people and try to figure out how they died. The injured woman is not very helpful. And it’s not just figuring out how people died, but as things continue they need to know why.
There isn’t much development of characters or relationships here. However, Casey and April work together more closely and forge a new closeness. Eric and Casey are also building Rockton’s connection with the settler groups, hostiles and even the Council as they figure out what is happening.
I really love this series and look forward to each new book. It is easy and fun to read, with plenty of engagement for the heart and mind. I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I am a huge fan of Therese Plummer narrating this series. I am always excited 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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