Review: A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong

Posted February 10, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong
A Stranger in Town

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Series: Casey Duncan #6
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Minotaur Books
Released on February 9, 2021
Pages: 359
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

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
A Stranger in Town by Kelley ArmstrongA STRANGER IN TOWN BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

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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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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17 days ago

Ha! We’re review twins today! I’m always so excited to dig into a new installment of this series, too! I read the whole story in a 24-hr period! I’m eager to see how things play out in the future with how things were left. I’m excited about the prospects! 🙂

Sophia Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Really? I must finish getting through my daily blog visit list and check out my twin’s post. 🙂

I started Saturday night and finished Sunday night. I’m with you on needing to devour these books. Oh man, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
17 days ago

I saw Kim’s review too Sophia Rose what an intense series. Have you read the Stillhouse Lake Series by Rachel Caine (who unfortunately just passed away) she also has a very macabre tone. So I might like this too
ps. I like your review better shhhh 😉

Sophia Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

You know, I haven’t, but I have it on the list. I’ve got all, but the latest on my TBR pile. Good to know those have a similar tone.

Yeah, you might really get into these and be prepared to want the next one right away. 🙂

LOL, you big tease!

Anne - Books of My Heart

Yes I loved this one also! I can’t wait to see where things go next. I don’t really want it ever to end.

Sophia Rose
16 days ago

I’m hoping they end this series arc with a huge bang and then keep going with other conflicts for Rockton people. 🙂

Carole Rae
16 days ago

Oooo I love complex. MMmm I have liked previous books by this author…so maybe. 😀

Sophia Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh yes, you need to give this series a go, Carole. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I loved this one too! Eric and Casey really don’t get a lot of time to relax, do they? I had a great time putting the pieces of this one together.

Sophia Rose
16 days ago

LOL, no they really don’t. I enjoy trying to figure out what are clues and what are distractions, too.

16 days ago

I only tried book 1 but I was a bit disappointed. I know I need to try more!

Sophia Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  Melliane

Not to worry. Might not be your thing and that’s okay. But, if it was a mood, then I say yes for a retry. 🙂

16 days ago

I didn’t know Kelley Armstrong wrote romantic suspenses ! I love romantic suspenses, they’re just what I want when I’m in need of a breath between, oh, say between a Nietzsche short book and a written action movie 😉 Thanks, I’m adding it to my list !

Sophia Rose
16 days ago
Reply to  Iza

LOL, yes, good palette cleanser after Nietzsche. I thought she only wrote paranormal, too, so I was glad to read some reviews for the series.

Maureen @ Maureen's Books

I’ve been reading some great things about this book. And I loved Kelley Armstrong in the past, so I might have to try this one out. 😉

Sophia Rose
16 days ago

You just might, Maureen. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
16 days ago

I can’t imagine some hurt person running out of the woods when we’re sitting around a campfire. That sounds good.

Sophia Rose
15 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, shockers and crazy situations abound in these books. Really good, Mary!

15 days ago

Reading all the rave reviews for this series made me realise I am missing out.

Sophia Rose
15 days ago
Reply to  Nadene

They are worth it, Nadene. If you ever get the opportunity to start the series, do! 🙂

13 days ago

Glad to hear there were enough twists and turns to keep you engaged! I haven’t read any of these, but I do enjoy a good mystery so thanks for sharing.


Sophia Rose
12 days ago

Definitely lots of twisty moments and I can heartily recommend these, Lauren. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Fantastic review, I cannot wait to see what happens next!

Sophia Rose
10 days ago

Oh yeah, with stuff out in the open, something big has to happen. 🙂

7 days ago

I always enjoy hearing your thoughts on this series. I am a bit behind on this series as I only read the first 2 books so far, but I bought a copy of book 3 already and hope to get around to it soon. I like to hear Cassey and Eric are in a good solid place for their relationship here and the focus on the mystery seems to work well.

Sophia Rose
6 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, it is great that there has been good progress on their relationship and the mystery is still fabulous. Can’t wait to see what you think of book three, Lola.