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Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Minotaur Books
Released on February 9, 2021
Returning to the world of Rockton is the most electric, sensational feeling and each book leaves me insatiated for what comes next.
A Stranger in Town is the sixth of the closely tied series of thrilling romantic suspenses and is not a good series to get out of order.
Casey and Eric along with the residents of the hidden remote Canadian wilderness town of Rockton are not in the midst of crisis at the moment so she and Eric join some of the young people from another settlement and one of their own by the lake for a bonfire only to have a frantic and severely injured woman rush out of the woods and collapse at their feet setting off another dangerous chain of events involving the conspiracy of the hostiles, the political intrigue of the past history of Rockton with the other settlements and the council, and the complexities of the relationships of those living in the raw wild away from civilization. Casey and Eric have a new case to solve before the inflamed fear and anger around them explodes into hostilities.
The author has a gift for a macabre tone, a twisting suspense, and complexity of character and series plot. Casey has been working on the mystery and origin of the Hostiles who are like ravenous beasts and her curiosity has her curious how the other settlements came to be and the background of the main players. This is good because it keeps her and Eric in the game when this latest mystery can only be solved by delving into the past. The injured woman who doesn’t seem to speak English is the tip of the iceberg when she is only the first of strange incidents for them to deal with including another surprise visit.
Other than a few precious moments of sitting on the deck or getting some fleeting moments as a couple, Casey and Eric are going full throttle. Several recurring side characters are part of this including some newer side characters that showed up in later books. It is good to have Casey and Eric in a solid, deep place in their relationship so they can face what comes together. The council’s plans for the town are coming to a head and they have to be ready to do what they can for this place and people that are their home.
For all that I figured out what was going on in this latest mystery, there were still some good twists and exciting moments that left me flipping pages breathlessly. These always read so fast for me because of how much I get into the story. All in all, this was riveting and I am chomping at the bit for the next installment. Those who enjoy thrillers, romantic suspense, survival-wilderness settings and macabre mysteries should give this series a try.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
In the next riveting thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, the paranoia increases – along with the stakes – as the town of Rockton tries to solve the latest mystery at their door.
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. It seems like something bigger is happening in the small town they call home.
When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, someone who seems to have come to the Yukon for a wilderness vacation but instead is now fighting for her life, it’s all hands on deck. What – or who – attacked this woman, and why?
With the woman unconscious, and no leads, Casey and Eric don’t know where the threat is coming from. Plus, the residents of their deeply secretive town are uneasy with this stranger in their midst. Everyone in Rockton wants this mystery solved – and fast.
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