Review: Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

Posted March 27, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
Watcher in the Woods

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Series: Casey Duncan #4
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Minotaur Books
Released on November 12, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

Casey, Eric, and the other residents of isolated Rockton get slammed once again with new town and council intrigue, a rogue US Marshal getting murdered on their doorstep, and still recovering from the last mess the council got them into.  I dive into each new installment with eagerness to discover what new mayhem will ensue in these exciting, gritty thrillers.

Review

Watcher in the Woods is the fourth of the Rockton/Casey Duncan series.  These really do work best when read in order because of the strong series plot threads tying them to the books before.

Casey and Eric do a clandestine mission to retrieve her sister, April, to perform the intricate surgery Kenny needs after getting shot in the back during the last adventure the Council foisted on them.  They still are figuring out what to do with the fall out on that.  Casey is off her game around her cold, poised sister and April gives her very little to help until Isobel and Kenny take a hand.  But, Casey soon gets caught up in a new investigation that has huge ramifications when a watcher in the woods gets murdered and he claimed to be a US federal marshal looking for a deadly fugitive.  Is he telling the truth?  Does it matter when so many of the town have reason to fear such a person?  The pressure is back on as she turns over more of the town’s secrets to get at the truth.

Each book adds new insight into the Council, the town’s secrets, and even to the secrets that are out in the wild around them.  Getting answers only ramps up the suspense which I love.  There is a great deal of investigating mixed with action scenes in this one, but I do love how the author weaves in moments when the focus is on Casey’s interactions that now include her older sister and the deepening romance with Eric.  I love the depth that brings to an already well-developed story.

The mystery has way too many suspects until certain situations narrow it down.  I love seeing how they improvise to get what they need up in the wilds, but still hold to procedure and justice as much as possible.  I liked the nailbiter big scene and the way things left it leading into the upcoming entry in the series.

As usual, I can only praise this series highly and recommend it to all who enjoy thrillers and suspenses of the romantic variety.

 

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Mt. TBR #30
Literary Pickers #55 truck
Romanceopoly #23 thriller romance

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
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Melliane
2 months ago

I only tried book 1 but I need to read more

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Most definitely! 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

You have way too much discipline. I devoured as much of this series as was available within a week and then began my current situation of wait a year for each new story. I love these! Fantastic review!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

LOL, I’d love to take credit for having great discipline, but the truth is that binge-reading rarely goes well for me. I spot little things and they turn huge if I read books in series too close together. I have one more and then I’ll be stuck twiddling my thumbs with everyone else. 🙂

sherry fundin
2 months ago

i read it too. i think you got more out of it than i did
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

LOL, that happens sometimes for me, too, Sherry. It’s okay to wonder if we read the same book. Haha! 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 months ago

Oh it sounds so good Sophia Rose, thanks for sharing. I may check out book one.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Oh yes, I think you’d really get some thrills and chills from this series, Debbie. 🙂

Greg
2 months ago

I love this series and this was a good one. Her sister adds a nice element to the mix too. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Greg

I agree, Greg. I was curious about her sister and it was neat seeing them interact in this one. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 months ago

The title alone would get me to read this …..reminds me of the old classic film. You gotta love a good mystery and love those nail biter moments.

Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

Oh yeah, I forgot about that movie. 🙂 These are pretty great.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Yes! I really loved this installment! I liked the addition of April and the dynamic between Casey and her was interesting. I hope there’s a romance to come with April and Kenny.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

I thought it was neat to finally meet April, too, Rachel. Ha, yes, I thought that romance pair would be fun, too.

Lola
2 months ago

Sounds like a great read! I’ve only read the first two books so far, but I do really enjoy the series and how each books furthers some of the ongoing storylines while having it’s own mystery. Sounds like an intriguing mystery in this one with all the possible suspects and them havign to improvise in the wild. I hope I can get around to book 3 later this year. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Lola

I love how the wilderness and the people out there add so much to the thrill part of the mysteries, too. Hope you get to go forward with book three soon, Lola. 🙂

Ethan
2 months ago

I’ll go ahead and add this series to my growing list of thriller series to read. 4 books means I’m actually not too behind to catch up!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

Oh fun! Glad I could help add to your TBR list, Ethan. No, its only five books so a good series to jump in on.

Carole Rae
1 month ago

ooooo this sounds like a goody.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Its a great series, Carole. I think you’d get some good thrills and chills from it.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I can see why you love this series–it sounds fantastic! I love how the plot keeps you guessing with so many suspects! I love a nailbiting ending that has you excited for the next installment in the series! Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Oh yes, it is one that keeps me on my toes figuring out the mystery part and then getting those surprise twists that get me on the edge of my seat.