February 6, 2021

A Stranger In Town

A Stranger In Town: Rockton #6

by Kelley Armstrong

To be published February 9, 2021 by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s next Rockton book, A Stranger in Town, the biggest mystery is the fate of the town itself.

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. Something bigger is happening in the small town they call home

When an injured hiker stumbles from the woods, the sole survivor of a hostile attack, it’s all hands on deck. Even a member of the elusive Rockton council comes in to help. This council member also comes bearing news: Rockton is being shut down due to the hostile situation.

Casey and Eric must now race to save the town that has allowed residents to have a fresh start, away from the mistakes of their past, while also getting to the bottom of this latest attack. 

My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying right off: I love the Rockton series and I was really looking forward to reading this next book! It did not disappoint. For anyone not already familiar with the premise of the series, Rockton is a hidden, secret small town (village, really) of about 200 people, far north in the Yukon in Canada. People are sent there to disappear for a couple of years. Many of them are victims seeking safety, but some are criminals, which makes for an interesting assortment of residents. The two main characters are the sheriff, Eric Dalton, and his detective, Casey Butler (also known “down south” as Casey Duncan). They have become a couple, so in addition to mysteries and detective action, there’s also some romance in these books.

There is a LOT going on in this book and while I generally like to read a series in order, I feel that it is virtually a requirement for this series. The author, Kelley Armstrong, certainly tries to give enough background info for new readers, but you lose so much backstory if you haven’t read the other books. For those who have read the others in this series, it will feel like you are checking in on old friends. The central mystery of this particular volume revolves around the deaths in the forest of four people who, at least at first, appear to be Danish wilderness tourists. The plotting is intricate and uncovers some long-standing mysteries about the early years of Rockton, the two settlements “nearby” and the wild people who live deep in the woods, referred to as “hostiles.”

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. I discovered this series through NetGalley and I’m so happy I did!

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