The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong

February 19th, 2024 Kimberly Review 13 Comments

19th Feb

The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong is the second novel in the Haven’s Rock mystery series. Set in a remote, secret village in the Yukon, Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, have their hands full when a young boy goes missing and reports of an irregular bear led them to suspect foul play. A gripping tale perfect for a cold winter’s day.

The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong
The Boy Who Cried Bear
by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Haven's Rock #2
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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In The Boy Who Cried Bear, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong keeps readers on the edge of their seats while detective Casey Duncan tries to locate the threat before it’s too late. . .

Haven’s Rock is a well-hidden town surrounded by forest. And it’s supposed to be, being that it’s a refuge for those who need to disappear. Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton already feel at home in their new town, which reminds them of where they first met in Rockton. And while they know how to navigate the woods and its various dangers, other residents don’t. Which is why people aren't allowed to wander off alone.

When Max, the town’s youngest resident—taught to track animals by Eric—fears a bear is stalking a hiking party, alarms are raised. Even stranger, the ten-year-old swears the bear had human eyes. Casey and Eric know the dangers a bear can present, so they’re taking it seriously. But odd occurrences are happening all around them, and when a dead body turns up, they’re not sure what they’re up against.

MURDERMYSTERY mystery Small-town thriller

Everyone is settling into the new town, including newcomers, and this time there are children. Because the area is still new and with discovery of the miners, the townsfolk have been limited to organized walks in the surrounding woods.

Max, the town’s youngest resident, has been learning to track thanks to Eric’s tutelage. When he reports of a strange bear walking on its hind-legs, it alarms Casey & Eric. When Max spots the bear again, he runs off into the woods to track it and goes missing. But the townsfolk don’t know that, and soon accusations are made. The tale that unfolds hooked me with the mystery, daily life and troubles they face.

Armstrong has created quite the spin-off, welcoming both newcomers and those like me who devoured the Rockton series. We are meeting new players, dangers and allies. The missing person’s case was intense, with plenty of twists and foul play.

While Casey & Eric are married, an unexpected complication has unrisen. I loved this thread and look forward to learning more.

Fans of isolated small-towns, danger in the wilderness and mystery thrillers will find a lot to love about the well-paced, action-packed story/series.

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About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

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13 Responses to “The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Lorna

    I haven’t read the previous series although I have a couple of books to read in a series of gets-not sure which. I’m also reading her detective back in time series which I love. This series sounds good but you need to read the first one first right?