🎧 The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong @tplummer76 @MinotaurBooks @MacmillanAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted February 20, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments

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🎧 The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong @tplummer76 @MinotaurBooks @MacmillanAudio  #LoveAudiobooksThe Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: Haven's Rock #2
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on February 20, 2024
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 352
Length: hours, minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Haven’s Rock is a well-hidden town surrounded by forest. And it’s supposed to be, being that it’s a refuge for those who need to disappear. Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton already feel at home in their new town, which reminds them of where they first met in Rockton. And while they know how to navigate the woods and its various dangers, other residents don’t. Which is why people aren't allowed to wander off alone.

When Max, the town’s youngest resident—taught to track animals by Eric—fears a bear is stalking a hiking party, alarms are raised. Even stranger, the ten-year-old swears the bear had human eyes. Casey and Eric know the dangers a bear can present, so they’re taking it seriously. But odd occurrences are happening all around them, and when a dead body turns up, they’re not sure what they’re up against.

I am always so excited and ready to read books by Kelley Armstrong, especially the Rockton series now Haven’s Rock series which  is a spin-off as well as a direct continuation of the previous series. Our point of view has been and is Casey. I personally would start with the previous series because of the background and character development but also because it is amazing!   Haven’s Rock is a new town with Casey and Eric along with a few others as the owners, making a fresh start and hopefully better situation than Rockton.

Haven’s Rock is set up to provide shelter for people who made a mistake and need a fresh start.  An example of this is people in domestic abuse situations, or the type of folks who need witness protection.  Casey and Eric make choices with such kindness and integrity. Now for the first time, they have children in their town.

Max and Carson are young boys who have suffered their father being murdered and their mother shot.  Max is smart and adjusting as well as he can; he loves to learn about the wilderness animals and sounds.  Carson is angry and mostly plays video games.  On a supervised hike, Max sees a bear.  Then a few days later, he and Gunnar see a bear except the bear is on two feet and has human eyes.  Casey and Eric believe him but his brother makes fun of him.  Next thing, Max is missing.

Casey and Eric spend their time hunting for a bear, looking for Max,  dealing with their “neighbors,” and having some personal changes in their lives.  The town’s residents are not always helpful, even when a child is missing, so they also have to handle that part of the situation.

My respect and love for them grows in each book.  Casey and Eric are hard working, and better people than I could be at times.  I’m SO excited to see how things will go forward to them as the town is more settled.

 

Narration:

Therese Plummer is completely in my head for this series and I love her work.  She has distinctive voices for the characters and I recognize them easily. Her performance IS Casey, Eric, Will, April and more.    I was able to listen comfortably at my usual  1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip: HERE

 

About Therese Plummer

Therese Plummer is an actor and voice over artist living and working in New York City. Favorite roles to date include TV: Rose Nerrick, The Good Wife, Andy in Law and Order SVU. Stage: Celebrity Row; New York Theatre Workshop, Under Tillage, The Irish Repertory Theatre. Off-off Broadway credits include The Vagina Monologues, Suzanne in Twilight of the Gold’s and Madeline in the Award Winning Samuel French Short play The Sweet Room. Comedy Credits include Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and Stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy Club. Therese also performed her one woman show, Ribbons Undone, at the Here Arts Center.

Therese records audio books for Audible.com, Recorded Books and Talking Books, Inc. As an adolescent counselor, Therese spent five years utilizing Drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings before moving to New York. She shares a passion of creating, helping and entertaining and feels incredibly lucky to do all three.

About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could
write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a
story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls
and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to
spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked
away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern
Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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Posted February 20, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 20 Comments


20 responses to “🎧 The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong

  1. I just read the first book with Casey Duncan and absolutely loved it! It’s definitely a series I’m looking forward to reading and I can’t wait to find out how that series splits off to this series.

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