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Watcher in the Woods

(Rockton #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,902 ratings  ·  917 reviews
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the town of Rockton—and her fans—are in for another hair-raising adventure.

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a polic
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Kiran You certainly can read this as a stand alone but a lot of the back story for the main characters would be missing. In my opinion the nuances of the ch…moreYou certainly can read this as a stand alone but a lot of the back story for the main characters would be missing. In my opinion the nuances of the characters is what makes this series fun to read and I would suggest starting from the beginning, City of the Lost. (less)

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Diane S ☔
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
Rockton, a place of last resort, hidden deep in the Yukon territory. Such a multifaceted place, filled with people being given a second chance. In this fourth outing, Casey and Eric face another possible crisis, someone in town who is maybe more dangerous than previously thought. But who? And how did someone unexpected find their town? Also brings another newcomer, closely related to Casey.

Love this series, such a great blend of mystery and adventure. So enjoy the idea of this place, the mysteri
Kelley Armstrong writes the 4th of this series set in the huge wilderness of the Yukon territory in Canada. It worked reasonably well as a standalone as this was my first dip into this series. It has an unusual premise of a highly secret town named Rockton, with little in the way of mod cons, like the internet and away from all signs of civilisation. Problems are virtually guaranteed, given the residents are criminals or victims fleeing and disappearing from society with their secrets in the hop ...more
Casey Duncan is back in this fourth installment of the Rockton saga – a series involving the secluded town and its people in the frozen Yukon of Canada.

Admittedly, Watcher in the Woods is part of my favorite series. It’s got a terrific cast of characters, all of whom are quite flawed or they wouldn’t be in the town of Rockton. Rockton, you see, is a secret, very secluded town for those who need to escape either because they are the worst in society or from the very worst in society. It makes for
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rockton is a town in the Yukon where people go to hide out. Criminals and Victims alike. It’s a sanctuary of sorts and it costs a pretty penny to get there.

Casey Duncan is Rockton’s Detective. She and Sheriff Eric Dalton make a pretty good team, personally and professionally. For once, things seem to have quieted down, that is until a US Marshal shows up demanding that they release a resident into his custody.

Once that happens all hell breaks loose. I’m talking murder & mayhem and for a place
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This series has an awesome concept: a town in the middle of the Yukon that is exclusively for victims of crime, witnesses, or others who need to be safe - like Witness Protection. But, well... nothing ever works out exactly to plan, does it? And, running a town in the middle of nowhere takes lots of money. So, yeah, maybe they also have a criminal or two that had enough money to buy their way in... or a serial killer or two. Like I said, nothing works out exactly to plan...

Casey is our hero and
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this may qualify as a thriller, it is not a good one. Too many personalities and conflicts dampen and deluge this story like a thunderstorm. 3 of 10 stars
This is the first book I've read in this series but I'm definitely going to go back to the start of the series and see where it all began. And yes, it would have helped to have read them in order as there are references to prior events, but enough information was given to bring me up to speed and it didn't affect my ability to follow this episode.

Casey Duncan is a Detective, the only Detective, in the tiny town of Rockton in the Yukon. Rockton is a secret town, isolated and totally off the grid
Maureen Carden
Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters…
Caring, sharing…
But in tight places
We think and we act as one... uh-huh

These song lyrics from White Christmas are most definitely not written about Det. Casey Duncan and her sister Dr. April Duncan. Casey has a very problematic relationship with her genius sister. However Rockton needs Dr. April Duncan, so Casey and her lover/boss/best friend Sheriff Eric Dalton sneak April into Rockton to remove a bullet from the spine of a Rockton residen
If you haven’t read the previous books being that this is the 4th installment there are bound to be spoilers here. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you are definitely missing out! This series is riveting, suspenseful, and full of twists and turns! I always want to set aside a chunk of time so I can read each book straight through!

Watcher in the Woods
picks up right after the events of This Fallen Prey. Eric and Casey are desperately looking for a doctor to come up and treat and assess K
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun and entertaining series to read! I especially enjoy the vivid Yukon imagery and well developed characters. This one makes me want to travel to Dawson City, mine for some gold, enjoy the scenery and traipse about on the wooden sidewalks.

I wasn’t as engaged in the murder mystery depicted in this one, but welcome the introduction of Casey’s socially unique sister, the ever encroaching hostiles and of spooky Bastian. Looking forward to how it all comes out in the wash with these new c
Brittany McCann
The best part of this book was getting to know more about Casey through the addition of her sister as a character. Other than that, it was a good mystery and a great addition to the series, but my first non-5 star read of this series so far! Unfortunately, I did have to break this up into 2 reading sets due to not rechecking it out. Hence, my reading of it was a bit more spread out than I would have liked and perhaps added to the breaking up of the mystery as more than I wanted and making it fee ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
WATCHER IN THE WOODS is book four in Kelly Armstrong's Rockton series. I've read all the books and this is a series that I love and I hope that Armstrong will keep on writing several more books.

4.5/5 stars

Watcher in the Woods is the fourth book in the Rockton/Casey Duncan mystery/thriller series.

I love Kelley Armstrong and I absolutely adore this series. This book takes place approximately 2 weeks after book three.

The narrator is once again 32 year old detective Casey Duncan. These books take place in a small off the grid hidden town called Rockton (in the Yukon/North West of Canada).

Each of the books in this series have a self-contained mystery. But we get to see many of the same char
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Extremely solid read! There were a lot of characters and back stories to keep up with... but I enjoyed the fact I had to pay close attention. Otherwise I sometimes skim over the details!

This is a great read for those who enjoy thrillers and crime stories. I will definitely look for the earlier books set in Rockton.

Thanks to NetGalley for this book in exchange for my honest review.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-galley
As always I love this little backwoods, backwards strange town and all it's crazy messed up residents. Another well done, well plotted and well developed mystery. I loved all the info we learn about not only more of the residents (and new ones too!) but about Casey, her family and of course, about the council. I can not wait for more! I seriously adore this series. ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these trips to Rockton! What a crazy cast of characters, and it changes when someone must leave at the end of their contract, is kicked out by the Council, or dies. This keeps the series fresh; there’s always something new to learn. Some long-time residents appear in this book, but some backstory is missing. It would be wise to read this series from the beginning.

A neurosurgeon is snuck into Rockton because there is a patient who needs her skills. A U. S. Marshal shows up and is p
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few months ago, I accidentally requested a review copy of this book, not realizing it is book 4 in a series. So I started back at book one and read my way to Watcher in the Woods. I'm very glad I did! Not only did it introduce me to a new-to-me author, but this series has quickly become one of my favorites!

Rockton is a town in the middle of nowhere in the Canadian wilderness. It's not on any map. The city is hidden from airplanes flying overhead. And there is no electricity, no internet, very
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

A town that seems not to exist. Citizens hiding from the rest of the world looking for a second chance at life… and murder. Kelley Armstrong’s WATCHER IN THE WOODS has all of the intensity of a wonderfully dark suspense. It also has three preceding books in a series that apparently MUST be read first!

Anti-heroes abound, iffy calls and actions are taken, but, to the clueless reader who accepted the invitation to review, unless you have background, it is not rehashed.

There was
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Sometimes, I wish I could escape to the Yukon, to Rockton, a place where you are secluded, know nothing about the world's problems, and feel a sense of safety. Well, perhaps safety is not quite the proper word, if living in a town where most residents come from nefarious backgrounds and are there hiding out from those seeking to punish them, reside. For you see, Rockton houses those running from all sorts of goings on that would land them in jail, dead, or even worse. Even more sobering is the f ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

First and foremost, I am a longtime fan of Kelley Armstrong and have read many of her book series and I will read her in the future, but I probably should have read the first three books in this series or at least book one. Fact is, I was completely lost as character after character seemed to run through the forest of this small town. I just couldn't keep my Paul's and Peter's straight. Rockton, a town wh
h o l l i s
My least favourite of the series so far but that's only notable because of how good the first three are. I thought the beginning was strong, and I liked how it wrapped, but there was a lot of action in the middle that I just wasn't super invested in. But I'm hoping there's much more to come for Rockon because it's a fascinating concept for a series and full of excellent characters.

"Someone's in a very good mood. Had a productive afternoon, I take it?"
"Nope. Had such a fucking shitty and utterly
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nooooooooo. I’m now fully immersed in the world of Rockton, the hidden town in the wilds of the Yukon, and I have to wait for the next book 😩😩😩. Luckily it’s not a long wait but if the series doesn’t wrap up soon it will be a longer wait for any further books. Luckily it seems Armstrong is a prolific writer so it might not be so bad. It reminds me, a little bit, of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series in that there is an isolated town, cut off from the rest of the world that needs to be self reli ...more
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Mystery, murder and mayhem in the town of Rockton. Rockton is located in an area I like to call "The Misfit Territory". The people who come to live in this hidden town come to seek asylum from some sort of wrong doing. The isolation of Rockton tends to bring out quirkiness in people. The real crazies live out in the wilderness surrounding Rockton.

Eric and Casey are back, locking up the bad kids, patching boo boos, and putting bodies on ice. First, Casey must enlist her sister (a doctor) to com

Linda Strong
4.5 Stars

Rockton is a little known town in the Yukon area of Canada. Casey Duncan is the only female detective in a team of three. She's only lived there for a few months, but she's already seen more crime than anywhere else she's been.

A stranger appears in town claiming he is a US Marshall looking for one of their residents... but won't give her a name. She and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are highly suspicious of him and his claim, but when he's shot and killed, they start taking a clos
Watcher in the Woods is the latest entry in the Rockton series, and one of the best yet. While most of the books can be read alone, this and This Fallen Prey should definitely be read together; I wouldn't say they can't stand alone, but it would make for a pretty poor experience.

We begin where we left off - five or six situations that look like they're about to explode into chaos at any minute, a couple that already have, and it's Casey and Eric at the centre of it all trying to perform the worl
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was really good. I have really enjoyed all of the previous books in this series so I was really eager to dive into this newest installment. This is the fourth book in the Rockton series which is a series that I think works best when read in order. This was an exciting story that I found hard to put down. I had a fantastic time with this story.

I love the basis of this series. A super secret city filled with criminals and other in
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Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ aka Barbara
Shelves: audio_books
4.5 Suspenseful Stars!!

In this forth book in the series a U.S. Marshall somehow makes his way into Rockton despite the secrecy of the remote isolated town. The Marshall reveals that a dangerous violent criminal is hiding in Rockton and he’s there to retrieve him. Casey and Dalton throw the Marshall out of town to protect the identities of the rest of the residents.

In a attempt to learn the identity of the fugitive Dalton and Casey go in search of the Marshall’s campsite in the surrounding w
Terri Wino
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2019
3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

This book picks up only a few days after the events of the last one, but it jumps right back into action and suspense with a new murder and a gaggle of suspects.

It also brings Casey's sister April into the mix. She was a little difficult to take to at first, but some of her behavior has an interesting explanation that I hope is explored more in future books.

As with the previous books, this one throws a lot of people and possible motives and a bunch of information at
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I don’t read as much mystery-thriller as I do sci-fi & fantasy, but this is one series I have been following religiously, and every book that comes out just makes me love it even more. Watcher in the Woods is the fourth installment that returns readers to Rockton, a secret town hidden in the wilds of the Yukon. Ex-homicide detective Casey Duncan and her boyfriend Sheriff Eric Dalton are doing their best to police this co
Imagine a secret village deep in the Yukons where people are sent to disappear. Released murderers who need to escape from the media, people who need witness protection, criminals who can afford to buy their way into a new life. All they need to do is agree to stay five years in a remote community with no internet, no TV, barely any electricity and a shed load of rules.

Casey Duncan was one of those people, in a previous life she was also a homicide detective and now she has become part of the lo
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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. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a

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