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Watcher in the Woods

(Rockton #4)

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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
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Paromjit
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
Carolyn
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
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Mackey
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
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Jennifer
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
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♥Rachel♥
Loved! Review to come.
Alison
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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julia ☆ [owls reads]
#1 City of the Lost: ★★★★★
#2 A Darkness Absolute: ★★★★1/2
#3 This Fallen Prey: ★★★★1/2

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Watcher in the Woods is a fast paced and intriguing story. The incredible character development and the eerie atmosphere that surrounds Rockton come together in a tale filled with plot twists and reveals that showcase how interesting this universe is. Casey is back, with new murders to solve, and the introduction of new characters enrich her story and make this a delightful read.

Kelle
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Paris        (kerbytejas)
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong is the 4th installment in the Rockton series. The story starts about 2 weeks after the close of book 3.

In my opinion, the book starts out with 2 main themes. Casey’s sister April comes to Rockton to provide short term medical attention to Kenny, who was shot in the previous book and a stranger on a mission shows up in Rockton. The book only adds a few new characters to the vast list of those already associated to Rockton.

With the introduction of April, w
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Maureen
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Review to come
Janet Newport
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc.

Another roller coaster ride through Rockton (a very secret location somewhere in the vast Yukon Territory... full up of people keeping very dark & deep secrets). Whatever can go wrong? Everything. The "Sheriff's Department" have their hands full in this 4th installment of the Rockton chronicles. There are philosophical fractures developing among the individual members of "the Council" (a super, super secret organization that populates Ro
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Tonya
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a mystery ride. Watcher in the Woods is book #4 out of Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan's series. Intense suspense and characters that all have stories you want to know.... Watcher in the Woods captured my interest from the beginning. I would have preferred to read the books in order (so now I have more books to add to my list) but this book reads pretty well as a standalone. (There are many references to previous books so it just would be easier to start at the beginning.)

In the middl
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Suzanne
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
The town of Rockton is where people go to hide from their past. Contact with the outside world is strictly regulated, and a mysterious council is in charge. When a U.S. Marshal shows up to arrest a fugitive and is killed, suspects abound. Casey's sister April has also come to Rockton to give badly needed medical attention to a wounded man, which allows us to learn more about Casey's background. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters, but I especially liked the premise and the setting (in the w ...more
☕ Kimberly
Another intense and addictive installment. RTC.
Gloria Bernal
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rockton is a remote “village” if you will, deep in the heart of the Yukon surrounded by wilderness. It’s residents are there for a reason, to hide from the outside world. They don’t want to be found. There are no cell phones here or current technology. Some are criminals, some are victims. They have only one detective on a police force of three. Casey Duncan. She is in a relationship with the sheriff, Eric Dalton. The city “council” makes the rules, Casey and Eric try to enforce them. An interlo ...more
OutlawPoet
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of this series.

Part of me would like to grab my kid, leave civilization, and live in a weird little community like this. Okay, maybe not exactly like this. We could leave out the sociopaths, the crazy forest folk, and maybe the brothel. But otherwise, I’m in.

In our return to the series, Armstrong ratchets up both the action and the suspense. This one is a nail-biter as the reader breathlessly tries to find out who the killer is…in a town full of very dark, lost people.

We also get
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Maranda
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Armstrong again brings the story of Rockton. This is a secret place that is exclusive to people who can come up with the entry fee and more than likely need a place to hide. Casey Duncan is the town detective and never seems to run out of murderers to chase down. Sheriff Eric Dalton is a self educated character that has the town's best interests at heart. When these two team together in a person and professional match up the pages keep turning. The characters are well developed but not always ar ...more
Kathy Martin
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to make a new visit to Rockton. This book follows THIS FALLEN PREY closely in time. Casey has suggested bringing her sister April to Rockton to operate on Kenny who has a bullet in his back from the activities of the previous book. April and Casey have never gotten along. She's six years older than Casey and followed her parents' wishes and went into medicine. She is now a surgeon and researcher. Casey has always felt that April sided with her parents in looking down on her. She coul ...more
Elaine
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Watcher in the Woods.

Watcher in the Woods is the fourth book in the Rockton series, and picks up immediately from the events of the third book, This Fallen Prey.

Casey reaches out to her estranged, brilliant neurosurgeon sister, April, for help in saving the life of Kenny, who was critically injured from earlier events.

At the same time, a US Marshall shows up unannounced Rockton, seeking a criminal he has been tasked to bring back to receive justice.
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Nan Williams
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
This book grabbed me at the beginning. The storyline and the characters kept my interest although I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It was about a third into the book before I could put it down long enough to realize that I must have stumbled into a series for which I didn’t have the basis. Yes, this is the 4th in a series.

As it was so very interesting and well written, I’ll now go back and read the first three novels. I’ll have to delay my actual opinion of this one until a later date. H
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Patricia Romero
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she's come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town
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Joyce
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rockton is located in the Yukon. With the exception of residents and the Council who approve all residents, no one really knows about Rockton or where it is. Casey is a resident (she killed someone in a previous life) and a homicide detective. She lives with and works with Dalton, the town Sheriff. The residents of Rockton are all there for a reason and must remain there for a set period of time. Most are there because of various crimes and have paid for their “escape” to Rockton. An unknown man ...more
Sue Kelso
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this so much better than the last book in this series. We learned more about the citizens of Rockton.

When we last left Rockton, Kenny had been shot in the back and he needed a doctor to remove the bullet. Also, a US Marshall shows up to find someone. Not long after, the Marshall turns up dead. Casey and Dalton need to find out who he was looking for and who shot him.

To me, the best part of this book is Casey's sister agreeing to come to Rockton to help with Kenny. She was only going to
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Elizabeth
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 police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she's lived there. Yet ev
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Kari
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, for-review, kindle
Watcher in the Woods is the fourth book in the Rockton series. I was really excited to read this one because the last book left one of the character's life in the balance. This is another book that I would really suggest reading the whole series before this one. A lot happens and things are mentioned that assume you know what is going on in the series. Watcher in the Woods picks up pretty much right after the events of This Fallen Prey. Casey and Dalton have just snuck in her surgeon sister to p ...more
Pamela
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, yuck-bleh-arrgh
This is not a compelling read in the least. The plot seems intriguing at first but I soon discovered that theinteresting plotline was overshadowed by other issues.

There are way TOO MANY characters with little or no backstory which left me confused. There are TOO MANY references to events in previous books; the plot in this book is linked, if not predicated on, former events of which this reader had no knowledge, further contributing to confusion.
There are mechanical and grammatical errors. Word
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Donna Hines
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A sanctuary town in the Yukon territory with small town politics and hardball nonsense.
That's until Casey Duncan our detective gets on the case of a murder (however she too has a dark side).
Rockton residents must stay there for a reason and have 'paid' for there escape to this secluded area in the woods.
As the US Marshall comes into play the town goes crazy so much so that this newcomer doesn't live long enough to tell about his evidence to another crime because he becomes the crime.
A crazy scen
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Jay -hooked on books
Watcher in the Woods is the fourth title in Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series. Rockton is a fictional town that functions as an off-the-grid refuge for people on the run. Hidden in the thick of the Yukon wilderness, the town has become home to folks from varying walks of life- white collar criminals, women running from abusers, and anybody looking to disappear. It's run by the gruff Sheriff Eric Dalton and his militia, and is managed by an anonymous council whose presence looms over the town. ...more
Jypsy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have not read the other books in the series, but I don't think that hindered my understanding of Watcher in the Woods. I liked the setting. I'm always intrigued by remote towns and such in stories. The Yukon added to the mystery of the whole thing. I enjoyed the characters and found them believable. It's a thrilling story and I will go back and read the series now.
Tracy
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rockton books are an interesting study inhuman nature and society. , I like Casey and Dalton, there are good mysteries and info about the Yukon
Karin Carlson
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am going to be charitable and assume one has to read this series in order. If not, this book was like walking into a play during the third act. A complicated third act. I had a very hard time finishing this book. Too many characters, too little background and way to much work to figure everything out for very little payoff. Part of my problem with this book is I really didn’t like the protagonist. Or her boyfriend. Or hardly anyone else. I think the premise of a secret town is intriguing but t ...more
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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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Other books in the series

Rockton (5 books)
  • City of the Lost (Rockton, #1)
  • A Darkness Absolute (Rockton, #2)
  • This Fallen Prey (Rockton, #3)
  • Untitled (Rockton, #5)