This Fallen Prey

This Fallen Prey

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...

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Title:This Fallen Prey
Author:Kelley Armstrong
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This Fallen Prey Reviews

  • Maureen Carden

    Let me get this right out in front, Sheriff Eric Dalton and Detective Casey Duncan are two of my favorite romantic characters in almost fifty years of reading. Plus, Kelly Armstrong is known for some famously romantic characters in her several paranormal series.

    Unlike all of her other series, the Casey Duncan series is a hardcore police procedural, but set in a most unusual location. Armstrong is famous for her supernatural world building, but I think this series far surpasses those worlds.

    Ro

    Let me get this right out in front, Sheriff Eric Dalton and Detective Casey Duncan are two of my favorite romantic characters in almost fifty years of reading. Plus, Kelly Armstrong is known for some famously romantic characters in her several paranormal series.

    Unlike all of her other series, the Casey Duncan series is a hardcore police procedural, but set in a most unusual location. Armstrong is famous for her supernatural world building, but I think this series far surpasses those worlds.

    Rockton is supposed to be a little off-the-grid town of last resort, set within the boundaries of a huge boreal forest in the Yukon. People are granted sanctuary-for a price- for reasons such as avoiding a wrongful criminal conviction or an abusive partner.

    But the investors in Rockton have gotten greedy. First they started sneaking in white collar criminals who pay hefty fees. Then the mysterious investors/council tried sneaking really unsavory people into Rockton unbeknownst to Eric and Casey.

    Entering into Rockton means the residents are isolated from just about every modern convenience, surrounded by a forest uncaring about their continuing existence. The even more primitive communities of settlers who left Rockton years ago and hostiles who revert back to a barely recognizable life form are extremely threatening complications to the citizens of Rockton. That’s why rule number one in Rockton is don’t go into the forest alone.

    So the above should catch readers up on what Rockton is all about if they haven't read the previous two books. So it is fine to read

    as a standalone, but I highly suggest going back and reading the other two for the pure d. pleasure.

    One afternoon while training Casey’s puppy, Eric, Casey, and Deputy Will Anders hear the buzz of a small plane. This is an almost impossible occurrence since Rockton is protected from discovery by high tech and sophisticated physical means.

    The small plane lands and delivers a bound and gagged man. A thrill killer, a serial killer, named Oliver Brady is sent by his extremely rich step-father to Rockton as a way for Oliver to avoid prison. Turning Rockton into a prison would be a huge new source of income for the investors, but a major danger for the residents of Rockton as it is not equipped to function as a high security jail. People who find Rockton come for their safety. Not to be serial killer fodder.

    It won't come as a shock that Oliver proclaims his innocence, saying his step-father is setting him up. Nor will it be a shock that with the help of an accomplice, Oliver escapes into the forest.

    Eric and Casey have to go after Brady because a serial killer could pose a severe danger to those living in the forest and the wild apex predators can't be depended upon to take him out.

    The atmospheric forest with it predators, settlers and hostiles does its best to kill Eric and Casey, and puppy Storm during their search for Oliver; with the 80 pounds of Newfoundland puppy seeming to be the major target of the forest.

    As much as I love this series I did have a few complaints. The forest starred more than Rockton, and I missed Rockton. Other than Oliver, there were not any new Rockton residents introduced for more than a quick appearance. Many favorite long time residents only made cameo appearances, albeit in shocking ways for some.

    Armstrong has always been a master of dialogue, either sharp or amusing. Taking bets on what will kill Oliver if he makes a run for it upon his arrival in Rockton:

    “Fine, rabbits”

    “But the rabbits haven’t killed anyone yet.”

    “Yet.”

    The story is action-packed edge of the seat reading. At one point Casey is shocked to find out it is only 3p.m. So is the reader.

    I mentioned at the beginning that Eric and Casey were favored romantic characters. They would die for one another but instead do their very best to live for one another. How hot is that?

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Kathy Martin

    This most recent adventure with Casey Duncan in the isolated and hidden town of Rockton starts with the Council flying in a serial killer despite the fact the the town isn't at all equipped to keep him securely. Keeping him gagged and isolated polarizes a number of the other people in town who are torn between lynching the threat and letting him go.

    Oliver Brady is accused of being a particularly brutal serial killer. When his gag is removed, he insists that he is being framed by his stepfather G

    This most recent adventure with Casey Duncan in the isolated and hidden town of Rockton starts with the Council flying in a serial killer despite the fact the the town isn't at all equipped to keep him securely. Keeping him gagged and isolated polarizes a number of the other people in town who are torn between lynching the threat and letting him go.

    Oliver Brady is accused of being a particularly brutal serial killer. When his gag is removed, he insists that he is being framed by his stepfather Gregory Wallace who wants Oliver to die before he gains a trust fund that should be his on his next birthday.

    Casey and Eric have no idea who to believe but it really doesn't matter since their only job is to keep Brady under control. However, they are having some trouble keeping him safe. First he's shot at while being taken on a walk in the forest and Eric is hit instead. Then, there is an attempted poisoning. Then a fire is started with pulls attention to fire fighting and allows Brady to escape with a hostage.

    Casey and Eric immediately organize a search but things get complicated in a hurry. Brady seems to have an accomplice in the town. Casey tries to figure out who that could be but would an accomplice try to kill his partner?

    When Gregory Wallace comes to Rockton full of apologies for dumping his serial killer son on the town. He joins the hunt too. While hunting they encounter settlers who are suspicious of anyone from Rockton and hostiles who have reverted to something like savagery. They are also being hunted by a sniper who is taking random pot shots at them.

    This was a fast paced, action packed thriller with more twists and turns than your average roller coaster. It seems like everyone by Casey and Eric have secrets that are impacting the events in this story. No one can be trusted. Everyone is lying. I am so eager for the next book because the ending of this one leaves lots of hanging plot threads.

  • Wren (WrensReads)

    This was a great addition to the series.

    So you know the big, rich people who make up all the rules and pull people on strings like a puppeteer? Well they decided that they are now going to make Rockton a place where they can hide wanted fugitives! Their first choice is someone who literally just kills

    and they want Rockton to keep him for like six months until his precious island is ready for him to live on!

    The people who

    This was a great addition to the series.

    So you know the big, rich people who make up all the rules and pull people on strings like a puppeteer? Well they decided that they are now going to make Rockton a place where they can hide wanted fugitives! Their first choice is someone who literally just kills

    and they want Rockton to keep him for like six months until his precious island is ready for him to live on!

    The people who go to Rockton are hiding from people like that and are dealing with a lot of PTSD. They need to get their heads out of their wallets and into reality where people literally will get killed.

    Because guess what? Of course, after a series of unfortunate events, he gets loose and people start killing people and he’s all like

    and then everyone else is like

    and people die and blah blah blah blah...

    It’s all really,

    unfortunate because they have already dealt with two killers; and now to be literally gift-wrapped a third and to not know if he is completely innocent like he says or guilty like the letter that came with him said... I just feel for these people.

    The writing is, of course, exquisite because it’s Kelley Armstrong and anything she touches turns to gold. Literally I will read anything she writes. Even if it is strictly romance (which

    , I will be reading it. I am slowly but surely jumping through her collections.

    Now, I will say this is the weaker installment of the three so far. But it does leave you on a cliffhanger and now I am made that I have to wait until 2019 to read the fourth book.

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    Okay but the cliff hanger... was it necessary? RTC.

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    I want to say "I didn't sign up for animals to be killed in this book" but really, I requested this book as an ARC so I would be lying... but... I'm also crying so at least I rhyme.

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    Kelley Armstrong never wastes my time. She just dives right into the grime of things and that’s one of the things I love about her. This is going to be so good. A sadistic serial killer sentenced to Rockton for 6 months? What could possibly go wrong?

    LITERALLY ANYTHING. JUST LET YOUR MIND WONDER AND YES THAT COULD AND PROBABLY WILL HAPPEN.

    I wouldn’t be mad about a genre-flip and her werewolves from her other series

    are behind the future killings that are going to happen because it’s an Armstrong book.

    I’m done. This is the longest update ever. And I’m only 10% in.

  • ☕ Kimberly

    Holy crap. RTC

  • Maranda

    Been reading Kelley Armstrong for years and she never fails to bring unique characters, plot, and a have to have more from her disease! Casey Duncan is a Detective with a blotchy past that has only molded her into a women with a quick wit and a talent to navigate this crime drama. Would be best to read the prior novels in this series to get the background and history of Rockton where this story takes place. Constant misdirection and twists drive this page turner along with characters that are us

    Been reading Kelley Armstrong for years and she never fails to bring unique characters, plot, and a have to have more from her disease! Casey Duncan is a Detective with a blotchy past that has only molded her into a women with a quick wit and a talent to navigate this crime drama. Would be best to read the prior novels in this series to get the background and history of Rockton where this story takes place. Constant misdirection and twists drive this page turner along with characters that are usually not who they seem. Kelly always comes up with characters and locals that are unique. "A copy of this book was provided by Minotaur Books via Netgalley with no requirement for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  • Anne

    This was an exhilarating read! Casey is a detective in Rockton, a small town in the Yukon where people flee to get off the grid and hide from either the law or their enemies. But when Brady Oliver is placed in their care--rumored to be a serial killer--Casey and her boyfriend Sheriff Dalton are leery about how to react; should they protect him from vigilante justice or kill him to prevent more murders? My only problem was keeping the characters straight initially as I have not read the first two

    This was an exhilarating read! Casey is a detective in Rockton, a small town in the Yukon where people flee to get off the grid and hide from either the law or their enemies. But when Brady Oliver is placed in their care--rumored to be a serial killer--Casey and her boyfriend Sheriff Dalton are leery about how to react; should they protect him from vigilante justice or kill him to prevent more murders? My only problem was keeping the characters straight initially as I have not read the first two books in this series and so I wasn't aware of the characters' relationships with each other or quite how the town functioned. But once I got going, I was intrigued as this is definitely a unique setting and the pace is breakneck speed! Now I will go back and read the first two to catch up!

  • Selene

    Rockton is a secluded town. There’s one sheriff, one deputy, one homicide detective, and one jail cell. A council decides who gets access to this unique town devoid of internet or electricity and there’s one person in Rockton who has direct access to the council. Communication to people outside of the town is extremely limited and the residents prefer it that way.

    So who are some of the residents?

    Rockton is a secluded town. There’s one sheriff, one deputy, one homicide detective, and one jail cell. A council decides who gets access to this unique town devoid of internet or electricity and there’s one person in Rockton who has direct access to the council. Communication to people outside of the town is extremely limited and the residents prefer it that way.

    So who are some of the residents?

    The latest to arrive in Rockton is a suspected serial killer whose stepfather has paid a million dollars upfront for a six-month stay. Neither Sheriff Dalton nor Detective Butler is happy about the council’s decision to allow this new person into their sheltered circle and it’s not long before their suspicions of impending disaster become a reality.

    ◈ This book was

    Ultimately, it was the writing style that I disliked most. I loved the premise and the opening pages really intrigued me, but the narrator became increasingly boring (after the twenty percent mark) and I got tired of her mentioning that she and Dalton were lovers. She just kept mentioning it

    and

    and

    and

    again...

    Essentially, there were

    of uninteresting side characters,

    main characters, and a great attempt to harness that small-town atmosphere, but I had trouble buying

    of it. The cliffhanger ending only made me feel more frustrated with this story.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    So good! Full review to come closer to release date.

  • Hollis

    love this title. love this cover. NEED THIS BOOK.

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