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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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.

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    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 ranging from avoiding a wrongful criminal conviction to escaping an abusive partner and everything in between.

    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.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Last year, when we discovered that amongst the residents of Rockton lived a serial rapist who would abduct a woman, fake her death (by dressing and strategically positioning the mauled and thus hard to identify corpse of another woman of roughly the same dimensions in the clothes the abductee was last seen in), hold her captive for months (more than a YEAR in one case), raping and torturing her until she died (for real this time) before choosing a new victim and beginning

    Last year, when we discovered that amongst the residents of Rockton lived a serial rapist who would abduct a woman, fake her death (by dressing and strategically positioning the mauled and thus hard to identify corpse of another woman of roughly the same dimensions in the clothes the abductee was last seen in), hold her captive for months (more than a YEAR in one case), raping and torturing her until she died (for real this time) before choosing a new victim and beginning his twisted cycle all over again, I thought Armstrong had peaked.

    Not that the series itself had peaked, but that future installments would need to seek out alternative avenues to continue the Bigger and Badder trend a series is wont to pursue. The creep factor had topped out.

    SILLY HUMAN, I AM KELLEY ARMSTRONG. I DO NOT PEAK. *laughs maniacally* *twirls mustache*

    What is creepier than diabolical serial rapist guy!?

    Thrill-seeking equal opportunity serial killer guy.

    Which is exactly what Rockton gets when an unscheduled plane lands and discards:

    Okay, I know we learned the “council” could be a bit sketch on the residents’ backstories in A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE, but a serial killer? Really??

    YEP. But he’s not actually meant to be a “resident” this time—more of a temporary prisoner—and at least they’re told up front that this dude is a serial killer . . .

    . . . Or

    he?

    *laughs maniacally* *twirls mustache*

    But regardless of whether or not Oliver Brady is what he’s accused of being, his presence wrecks havoc on the town created for those who need to disappear. Numerous well-liked citizens are placed on the chopping block, leaving you with decimated fingernails as you frantically read to learn their fate.

    It is b/c of this personally experienced terror that I’m going to—for the first time ever—offer you an unnecessary spoiler. In the spirit of

    :

    BUT. Despite Armstrong clearly not having peaked, I had a couple of minor issues that kept this installment from the 4.5 - 5.0 star ratings of its predecessors.

    There’s only so many times you can use a specific threat before it starts to lose its effectiveness, and I reached that point in the last book.

    , Phil. You’re not sending him anywhere. And if you do, he’ll make a new and improved Rockton elsewhere and be happier for it.

    More than I could countenance. Especially considering the convenience of some of their identities.

    All of that being said, THIS FALLEN PREY is still a stellar read in a series of exceptional reads. Armstrong cleanly laid the groundwork for multiple future developments, including some of Casey’s ongoing suspicions concerning the evolution of a “hostile.”

    Dalton was his delightful self:

    Casey continues to wrestle with her darker nature:

    YAS.

    In THIS FALLEN PREY, Armstrong keeps you guessing right up to the end about the true nature of Rockton’s newest (sort of) inhabitant, and when you finally get the full story, I can almost guarantee it won’t be what you expected. I don’t know what the future holds for this settlement and its occupants, but once again, I’ll be impatiently waiting to find out. Still very much recommended.

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  • Holly  B

    This is the third book in the Casey Duncan series and I thought it was the best. It takes place in Rockton, the secret town for people who need to hide. Casey is the town's detective and her boyfriend Eric, is the town sheriff.

    The pace is quick from the start as the city council has negotiated for a dangerous and conniving criminal named Oliver Brady. They were offered $1 million to keep him safe and imprisoned for 6 months. Casey and Eric are caught off guard as a helicopter has delivered him a

    This is the third book in the Casey Duncan series and I thought it was the best. It takes place in Rockton, the secret town for people who need to hide. Casey is the town's detective and her boyfriend Eric, is the town sheriff.

    The pace is quick from the start as the city council has negotiated for a dangerous and conniving criminal named Oliver Brady. They were offered $1 million to keep him safe and imprisoned for 6 months. Casey and Eric are caught off guard as a helicopter has delivered him and taken off before they could refuse delivery. Rockton isn't really equipped to house a criminal like Oliver.

    Oliver starts scheming and may have someone to close for comfort aiding him. What crimes was he accused of will Casey and Eric be able to keep him in jail for 6 months?

    I enjoyed this action filled story which had several heart pounding moments. The setting and the woods people make it very creepy and unpredictable.

    Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for my copy to review.

  • Brenda

    The premise of a secluded rustic small village in the middle of a vast northern forest seems improbable. By rustic, I mean no internet, no computers, no wifi, no phones, no electricity, and small wood cabins with wood heat. Once you accept the premise, though, you’ll be able to accept everything that happens in Rockton.

    The council who established this village accepts a million dollar payment to keep a serial killer for six months. This with no warning to Dalton, the sheriff, Casey, his deputy, o

    The premise of a secluded rustic small village in the middle of a vast northern forest seems improbable. By rustic, I mean no internet, no computers, no wifi, no phones, no electricity, and small wood cabins with wood heat. Once you accept the premise, though, you’ll be able to accept everything that happens in Rockton.

    The council who established this village accepts a million dollar payment to keep a serial killer for six months. This with no warning to Dalton, the sheriff, Casey, his deputy, or any other resident. They are all surprised to see an airplane landing on their strip. And, of course, this supposed killer claims he’s innocent and he does escape.

    The book is filled with action and traipsing about in the forest, where no one is ever allowed to go, but go they must. Casey’s 8-month-old Newfoundland puppy, Storm, is very involved in the search. We visit the First Settlement, and we also get to see some hostiles. And we finally meet Phil!

    The romance between Dalton and Casey is still going strong, but it’s not overly mushy or graphic. There are, however, quite a few deaths. Because of changes in status of some of the residents, things will be quite different in the next visit to Rockton.

    Kelley Armstrong has an easygoing writing style that just flows. She includes lots of snappy dialog and humor and sarcasm. This was a very enjoyable read, as is the series, and I’m looking forward to the fourth book.

  • Jilly

    I love the premise of this series - a town in the middle of nowhere that is for supposed victims to hide-out and live peacefully. Our heroine, Casey, entered this world a couple of books ago and works as a cop in this town. Unfortunately, she soon learned that not everyone there is a victim or witness, some of them are the perpetrators of crime and are hiding from the law. And, see, that seems like a flaw in this town's structure to me. Call me crazy, but it seems like an obvious mistake.

    To make

    I love the premise of this series - a town in the middle of nowhere that is for supposed victims to hide-out and live peacefully. Our heroine, Casey, entered this world a couple of books ago and works as a cop in this town. Unfortunately, she soon learned that not everyone there is a victim or witness, some of them are the perpetrators of crime and are hiding from the law. And, see, that seems like a flaw in this town's structure to me. Call me crazy, but it seems like an obvious mistake.

    To make things worse, the people in charge decide to send our town a serial killer. They are supposed to house him for six months. No problem, right? Oh, and he's a sadistic, manipulative serial killer who looks like an innocent college kid and is telling everyone that he was set-up and is innocent. He's rich, so he can try to bribe people with money. He's good-looking, so he can try to manipulate women with flirtation.

    The fish should have been right. It's a fun idea.

    What it lacked in was execution.

    Okay, so in our last book, Casey gets a puppy. The dog is 8 months old now and Casey has been training her. So far, that's fine. Cute dog in a story - cool. But, no. Not cool. The damn dog becomes such a focal point in the book that it's ridiculous. There is one scene where the dog runs off and Casey is chasing it. That scene lasts for like a hundred thousand pages. Just relentless page after page of the dog running and her thinking about all of the mistakes she might have made in training it, and worrying about what might happen to it. I started considering gouging my eyes out to stop reading about something so fucking boring and stupid.

    And, yes, I know there have been many successful books in the past about the special bond between dog and owner, but

    What I wanted:

    Just like Becca, the author didn't know when it was enough already.

    I have to think that if I, a dog lover, got sick to death of the dog stuff in this book, how much worse would it be for cat people? I think they might just set themselves on fire to get away from this book.

    Still, I like the town and idea of the book, so I enjoyed the non-dog portion of the story.

    Is it worth it? Only if you really liked the first two.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    This is book 3 in the Casey Duncan series from Kelley Armstrong. While good by itself, I would still suggest starting at the beginning with

    to get the complete picture and absorb the most from this series.

    Rockton, a small community off the grid in Northern Canada. Where clients can go (for the right price) to disappear for a brief time. People come here for all sorts of reasons – some more innocent than others! When Oliver Brady is dropped off as the newest addition of Rockton

    This is book 3 in the Casey Duncan series from Kelley Armstrong. While good by itself, I would still suggest starting at the beginning with

    to get the complete picture and absorb the most from this series.

    Rockton, a small community off the grid in Northern Canada. Where clients can go (for the right price) to disappear for a brief time. People come here for all sorts of reasons – some more innocent than others! When Oliver Brady is dropped off as the newest addition of Rockton, the orders are to keep him under lock and key for six months. Hmmm…that doesn’t sound good! Is he truly guilty of the crimes they are accusing him of? Or is there an ulterior motive to his confinement.

    Well, now that we have come this far in the series I was hoping for something different. The premise for the series is great, though the progression of the storyline is lacking a bit. I’m hopeful that with book four (in the works?) it will spur this series in a new direction!

    A traveling sister read with Brenda, Susanne , Marialyce and Nikki🤗

    Thank you to NetGalley St Martin’s Press and Kelley Armstrong for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Once again we return to Rockton, that off the grid community where people are given a second chance. On the run from their parts this community is supposed to offer safety, but it sometimes doesn't seem that way. In this offering, Casey and Eric are not offered the choice, when a man is unceremoniously dropped in their midst. The council rules, and a great deal of money is on offer, an offer they have no intention of refusing. This man, and his past crimes will place this small community in

    3.5 Once again we return to Rockton, that off the grid community where people are given a second chance. On the run from their parts this community is supposed to offer safety, but it sometimes doesn't seem that way. In this offering, Casey and Eric are not offered the choice, when a man is unceremoniously dropped in their midst. The council rules, and a great deal of money is on offer, an offer they have no intention of refusing. This man, and his past crimes will place this small community in danger.

    I am fascinated by these novels,the idea of such a place hidden in the Yukons, the different people that come here, and the many reasons they come. Enjoy the back stories of these characters and their varied personalities. The new life Casey and Eric are trying to forge together, along with their new tracking pup in training, Storm.

    I didn't rate this one as highly as the previous two in series, though I did enjoy the reading. Felt there was almost two much going on by books end, hard to keep track of who was doing what to who and why. Too much danger from too many different elements. I did though, like the very end when a person who definitely needed a comeuppance, got one. Looking forward to seeing where that goes. So a good read, but a little too cluttered for this reader.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Susanne Strong

    3 Stars.

    You remember Casey Duncan right? She’s the Detective who decided to live off the grid in Rockton, the town in the Canadian mountains where people go to hide from something and live new lives. Where there is no electricity, no internet and no cellphones. Sounds kind of perfect right? Except for Casey and her Sheriff boyfriend Eric Dalton, Rockton is far from perfect. Crime happens, even in the most perfect of places.

    This time, the council has decided that Rockton is the perfect place to “

    3 Stars.

    You remember Casey Duncan right? She’s the Detective who decided to live off the grid in Rockton, the town in the Canadian mountains where people go to hide from something and live new lives. Where there is no electricity, no internet and no cellphones. Sounds kind of perfect right? Except for Casey and her Sheriff boyfriend Eric Dalton, Rockton is far from perfect. Crime happens, even in the most perfect of places.

    This time, the council has decided that Rockton is the perfect place to “hide” a serial killer. Yeah, you heard that right. The council and the town, are being paid a lot of money to take in Oliver Brady. The council is sure that no one will get hurt and that Casey, Eric and Will can keep him secure. What a laugh riot. Of course they can’t! Things slowly go from bad to bat sh&t for Casey and Dalton and Oliver escapes leaving people dead in his wake. Now its up to Casey and Dalton to find him before all hell breaks loose. This time they encounter Hostiles and people from the First Settlement and their chances of survival well, they get even worse.

    “This Fallen Prey” is the 3rd book in the Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong and though I found the storyline to be stalling a little this time around, I truly enjoyed the idea of a town like Rockton (minus all of the crime of course!).

    This was a traveling sister read. Glad we read this together!.

    Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Kelley Armstrong for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 3.11.18.

  • 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.

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