Watcher in the Woods

A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels, Book 4)
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Series: Casey Duncan, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (567 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Watcher in the Woods is the next gripping installment of number-one best-selling Kelley Armstrong's riveting Casey Duncan series.  

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 the several months she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home.  

When a US marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents but won't say who, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead, and the only possible suspects are the townspeople and Casey's estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal and why someone would kill to keep him quiet - before the killer strikes again.

©2019 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Great Series

Read all the Rockton books so far and can't wait for another. Enjoy the story-line's and characters very much and the narrator is wonderful for this series. Thanks Kelly Armstrong for this series

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Love the series, but........

I have enjoyed this series, the characters, the story, and the narration. That said, this installment left me disappointed and feeling a bit short changed. My expectations were definitely not met. Perhaps the previous stories were so good that I was just spoiled. While the characters are still enjoyable and the narration is fantastic, the story was weak. The book is 11 hours long and although the last 4 hours are pretty good, the first 7 hours contain so many references to prior stories and so much unnecessary filler information that the actual case seems almost a second thought. Almost like the author is trying to tie up loose ends from previous books, In my opinion Therese Plummer's narration saved this book for me. Without her special talents I would not have enjoyed it at all. I'm hoping that the next book in the series will be more interesting and entertaining, like previous books have been. So, if you like the series, listen to the book. Just lower your expectations a bit.

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Another Good Listen

I really enjoyed this series. Not usually my kind of story but I really enjoyed these. the romance isn't too cheesy it's not that predictable.

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This series returns

I loved this book! After book 3, I was so disappointed by book 3, and it almost stopped me from reading further books, but I'm very glad I continued. Watcher in the Woods was a solid read for this series. The overall plot was amazing, and the development of characters was solidly there.

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EXCELLENT SERIES WITH AN EXCELLENT NARRATOR!!!!

Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful author with a talent to draw one in from the very start. Her characters are mysterious and intriguing. This whole series is a little different from most in the fact of where it is based. Not your average town/city! I found it very captivating and can't wait for the new release in February 2020. I was first drawn to this author by the narrator of this series. Therese Plummer deserves a 10-star rating. SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!! And I'm so pleased that she is the narrator throughout all the releases in the series. Unbeatable combo: Armstrong/Plummer!

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Great story

One of the best books I have listened too in a long time. I like the magic/ physics mix.

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Compelling Story

I have REALLY enjoyed reading this entire series. When I reached the end of the story, I was totally bereft. I had binged all four stories in a matter of days, only to realize that this one had just come out a couple of months ago and the next one won't be ready for another year. This book tied up some loose ends and answered questions raised in previous books, but there are so many more to be wrapped up. Cannot wait for the next!

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not the best in the series

I do like this series but this one was really tough for me. The beginning felt like it was a really slow start and it wasn't until at least half way through that I started getting into the story.

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Re-read by audio & even better the 2nd time around

****SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PREVIOUS BOOKS**** f 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 Kenny, determine if there’s any permanent damage from the shooting. The counsel, of course is being less than helpful so Eric and Casey decide to take matters into their own hands and enlist Casey’s sister for help, sneaking her in before the counsel knows. Casey and her sister, April have never been quite in sync growing up and the death of their parents didn’t help, so there’s a tension between them. Being together in Rockton forces Casey to look at their relationship, slowly realizing things may not have been as they seemed. April is brusque and different. I’m enjoying her character and eager for future developments. With all this going a on a man claiming to be a US Marshall shows up to claim one of the Rockton residents. Casey and Eric wisely question the situation and from there things get dicey! There are a few characters here that I continually love to hate, like Roy! That guy is a prick at best. I’m glad Casey basically kicked his ass in the last book. Unfortunately, he is more than a nuisance in this installment. Jen as usual is annoying, and I’m not sure why Casey puts up with her or keeps her on as part of the militia. She’s more trouble than she’s worth, IMO. Could be a case of keeping the problem child close and occupied to avoid issues? Interesting developments with Petra. We get answers after that shocking turn of events from the last book. Phil doesn’t seem quite as bad as Val, the last representative of the mysterious, far away Rockton counsel. The jury is still out on him, though. I’m still stunned by Val’s actions in the last one! We meet Sebastian, a new and interesting addition to the mix. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him. The Rockton series just keeps rocking, (lol!) and I LOVED this installment! As usual there were lots of twists and turns, and non-stop action. But the thing I love most about this series is the characters! Of course, Casey and Eric are my favorite, and I love how they reason out whatever mystery or conflict they face; smartly analyzing the situation and motivations of all involved. And they continue to present a strong, united front. Their romance continues to shine, and I’m glad none of the drama of this story comes from their relationship. Therese Plummer is one of my all-time favorite narrators and her performance was perfection! She nails both the male and female voices.

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The fourth but hopefully not the last book in the series

Once again, author and narrator work well together. I do have to say that this book dragged fo a short time but picked up. Though not my favorite out of the four, partially lacking the anticipation and excitement of the previous ones, I look forward to the fifth. Recommended and well worth the credit!

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