by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Casey Duncan #3
Genres: Suspense Thriller
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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 she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned. And she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him.
The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing.
This Fallen Prey returns us to the remote town of Rockton, in Kelley Armstrong’s gripping Casey Duncan suspense series. Sheriff Eric Dalton and Detective Casey Duncan have their hands full when the Council has them babysitting a serial killer. Twists and non-stop danger had me reading into the wee hours.
While one could technically argue that each book in the Casey Duncan series contains a case/mystery/problem that is resolved I would strongly recommend starting from the beginning. World-building, character relationships and an overall storyline allow for connections, create tension, and well let’s face it, Armstrong has created a brilliant and addictive series.
Protecting a small secluded town that depends on the collective resources of its residents is complicated enough, but Sheriff Eric Dalton and Detective Casey Duncan will soon face their biggest threat yet. The council sends a new temporary resident. A charismatic serial killer, whom they are supposed to guard.
Oliver Brady arrived bound and gagged with a recommendation to keep him that way. Brady is soon protesting his innocence with an outlandish story. The arrival of Brady highlights just how closed off from society this remote town is. Having no choice but to adhere to the council’s wishes, they place Brady in their small holding cell and begin working on better accommodations. The story that unfolds was intense, with plenty of twists, and non-stop heart-pounding action.
I love that the townsfolk are a relative mystery, even to Eric and Casey as they try to solve events, look for co-conspirators and keep the town safe. It creates an edge in each of the books. You will come to love some and want to keep others in your peripheral vision. We continue to see a strengthening of the relationship between Casy and Eric. While there is a romance, the mysteries, murders, and danger are center stage. The romance and relationships serve to strengthen the stories.
This Fallen Prey was a brilliant installment that not only provided an engaging tale about Oliver Brady but allowed us to spend time in the woods surrounding Rockton. We get up close and personal with the Others, deep in the woods surrounding Rockton. This encounter was downright chilling. Armstrong has a diabolical mind, and I loved every moment of it. We meet a council member, see death and become caught up in a wicked game of cat and mouse.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I’ve read and listened to the first two books and will probably do the same with this one.
Enjoy Nise 🙂
It seems Kelley Armstrong like small towns setting. Suspense is so intense in small towns. I really need to read Armstrong! She writes so many genres I really don’t know where I should start! What is your favorite genre of her Kim? Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers, Are her YA books good too?
She does and the remoteness of Rockton and its reason for being created add to the suspense. I like them all Daniela, but fantasy and adult suspense have been rocking for her lately. Not tried her YA, well no that is a lie I did start one series, but prefer her adult books or at least crossover books.
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
I like that this is set in a remote small town and of course that there are lots of twists and turns. Thanks for the head’s up about it being best to read these in order.
I always thought it would be nice to live somewhere remote, but I love my wi-fi, A/C and such. This is a great series, Suzanne.
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I have several books by this author in my TBR but have not read any of them! I really love the sound of this series and the more suspense elements to it. I need to go find the first book in this series. There’s a distinct chance I already have it!
Bwahaha…I have been there done that. I go to buy a book and Amazon politely tells me I already own it.
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
I need to try this series. I haven’t read any of her stuff since I think the first Cainsville novel. Shame on me!
I loved the Cainsville series, but this is different more mystery/thriller in the romantic suspense genre.
No cell phone or internet? I couldn’t live there. Hope you — and your hubby — are feeling better.
I want to try this series! 🙂
You really should. I bet it rocks on audio.
I need to try an Armstrong thriller
I hope you do Linda. I am enjoying this series
Looks like I need to get busy on Armstrong’s books. I am very behind.
Yes, you would enjoy these Sherry.
I never knew about this series. It sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for the review.
*lifts the rock and pulls you out* LOL Glad I could share and yes, this is one I could see you enjoying.
This series definitely caught my eye when you reviewed book one. Will be getting to it eventually. 🙂
Yay! I think you’ll be happy with that decision.
I hadn’t heard of this book but it looks fantastic! Reading about people living off the grid sounds interesting. I’m already suspicious of everyone because, really, who can live without a smartphone?? 😉
The residents in this remote location are hiding from abusive spouses, mob bosses etc. They have a CB radio that puts them in touch with the council. For the most part, they are self-sufficient, and very little is brought in.
Awsome it was a page turner.
*nods* I love when a book pulls me in and I need to devour it.
Oh my gosh I think I need to read this series it sounds so, well so different and so good. Thanks Kim
Yes, Debbie, I think you would devour these!
This is the third raving review I have read for this book this week and I must add this series to my TBR already. It sounds so wonderful and I love how much love you have for these characters and books.
Fabulous review, Kim!
I was late to the game and devoured books one and two over the summer.
Yes!! I adore this series with a passion. It is just everything I could ask for in a mystery. So glad you are loving it too Kim!
I completely agree with you, Ali. The suspense, unknown factors and remote location just amp up the tension.
I liked books 1 but I wasn’t that wowed so I don’t know about more but maybe I should try seeing your review about book 3
I hope you do, I really enjoy this series.
not sure which i hate more, this or china going big brother for reals
The concept of the community is interesting. All of the townsfolk are in hiding from abusive spouses etc, but when money is involved things get twisted.
I love book series that can be read in order, out of order or as stand alones 🙂 I mean, it’s always best to read them in order, but I like to break the rules! These sound a lot like the P. J. Tracey books so you should check those out if you haven’t already!
LOL, you rule breaker you! I tend to read in order but have broken that rule a time or two.