Series: Rockton #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Date Read: February 10, 2018
Length: 368 pages
When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect. There are no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. She certainly didn't expect to become the town homicide detective. But, the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him.
The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing.
This was such a good book! I really enjoyed the first two book in this series and was very eager to get started with this newest installment. I went into this book expecting really good things and I was not disappointed. This story was almost impossible to set aside and I ended up reading most of the book in a single day. This was a really thought provoking story filled with a whole lot of excitement. I had a lot of fun reading this book.
This is the third book in the Rockton series which works best if read in order. This story starts off with a bang right from the start. Casey, Eric, and the rest of the town are given a task that I would have never seen coming. They must keep a suspected serial killer in their town for the next 6 months. They don't even get any time to prepare for this event since he is dropped into their town with little more than a note as warning. Casey, Eric, and Will have to figure out how to safely contain the prisoner which proves to be a very difficult task.
I think that I like the characters from Rockton just a little bit more with each book. Everyone in the town is flawed or they wouldn't be there. We see things from Casey's point of view and I really enjoy seeing how she puzzles through certain situations. Eric takes on so many responsibilities and he takes them all very seriously. It is nice to see how much Casey and Eric respect and care about each other both personally and professionally. Storm, their puppy, also played a huge role in this book which I loved. Storm is a great dog and we really learn a lot about other characters in the book from the way that some of them chose to interact with her.
I loved the way the story was told. The mystery was very well done. There was just enough doubt given from time to time that I found myself in a constant state of wonder. There were times that I wondered what Casey was piecing together while other revelations hit me totally by surprise. I thought that it was great that a lot of this book takes place in the Wilderness outside of Rockton. It was interesting to see things play out with other groups in the region. I thought that the pacing was very well done with some really action packed moments offset by others that added a piece to the overall puzzle.
I would highly recommend this series to others. I think that this book was incredibly exciting with a mystery that kept me guessing right up until the very end. The characters and the whole concept of the town of Rockton are all very well done. This book did leave a few threads that I am sure we will see picked up in the next installment. I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series!
I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books via NetGalley.
The Rockton Series
Book #1 - City of the Lost - My Review
Book #2 - A Darkness Absolute - My Review
Book #3 - This Fallen Prey
Book #3 - This Fallen Prey
About the Author
KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.