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The Deepest of Secrets by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Rockton #7
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on February 15, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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It’s not always easy to live in the hidden town of Rockton, something Detective Casey Duncan knows firsthand. Tucked away in the Yukon wilderness, the community survives―and thrives―because the residents' many secrets stay just that―secret.
But what happens when these secrets start to come out? Overnight, no one is safe. It’s not a question of if your secret will come out―but when.
Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, need to find the culprit while protecting those who have been thrust into the spotlight. For a place built on privacy and new beginnings, Rockton isn’t handling these revelations very well. People are turning on one another, and when one of the loudest complainers turns up barely alive, it's clear that their trickster is actually a murderer.
I have loved every one of the Rockton series. I would not try to read this as a standalone. The whole series is amazing and I highly recommend them. I listened to the whole series on audio, as I love Therese Plummer.
Rockton is built on all kinds of secrets. The council has not shared with Eric or any residents the history of the people which has made Eric and Casey’s job more challenging as the council sends more violent criminals. Now they are derisive to Eric, Phil and those who deal with them, and unhelpful, acting like every problem was the fault of Eric, Casey and their team.
In The Deepest of Secrets, a resident decides to start collecting dirt on other residents to use as a form of blackmail to get his way on various things. The first outed is Will. It makes the situation so tricky. His girlfriend breaks things off knowing the truth. Will is honorable, but the town realizes that it isn’t only white collar criminals here. The rumor mill goes wild and the murders begin.
I love watching Eric and Casey handling everything as honestly and safely to protect the residents, even if they don’t like them. The council is providing no support and eventually admits they are going to shut down Rockton and they need to start planning the evacuation and tear down. This causes some new issues for where some people will go if they like Rockton and didn’t want to go.
I am so proud of Eric and Casey and how they manage everything and sort the problems and the criminals. The emotional toll of losing their homes is rough, but gives them an opportunity to start fresh in their own way. The conclusion of this series is as amazing as the other books and very satisfying, although I hate to give up the characters and world.
Therese Plummer has done exemplary work in narrating this series. She performs the characters and voices, male and female, distinctly so I recognize then. I have enjoyed her performance immensely. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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