Book Review: Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong @PenguinRandomCA @doubledayca #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #watcherinthewoods


PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

PUBLICATION DATE: February 12th, 2019


Thank you to Doubleday Canada for gifting me a beautiful copy of Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong to read and share my review. The cover of the book is absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis had me hooked!



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 less than the year that she’s lived there. Yet even she didn’t think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she’s come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and her estranged sister, in town for just the weekend. It’s up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet.



Although this is book 4 in the Rockton series, it can easily be read as a standalone. This is the first book I have read in the series, and the first book by Kelley Armstrong that I have read, and I was not disappointed!

Gripping, thrilling, and addicting! Watcher in the Woods had me hooked right from the start. It is such a fast paced thriller of a book I was at the end of the book before I knew it. The pages seemed to turn themselves as I was so deeply immersed in the story, that I could not wait to see which direction the book would take next.

Imagine moving to a small town in Northern Canada, where you are set apart it seems from the rest of the world. Not many know of the place, and the ones who do live there, either to escape a part of their past or to escape someone. They are all there for one reason or another, and appear to be like a small, close family. That is, until all this takes place.

How did the US Marshal find out about the town of Rockton and how did he even get in? Who is he looking for?

I really enjoyed reading about Detective Casey Duncan’s character. She was a badass female and I love a good book with a strong, independent female lead role. She was great at her job, and it was interesting to read things from her perspective. I enjoyed reading about her relationship with her co-worker, Sheriff Dalton. They were quite the great duo. Also interesting was reading about Casey’s past, which lead her to flee for the town of Rockton as well. She has her own dark past and secrets that she is hiding.

In a town where everyone knew one another, that is until the US Marshal turned up saying one of the residents wasn’t whom everyone else believed they were, the town of Rockton is turned upside down. Life as they knew it in Rockton has changed it seems, and who can you trust? Can the town of Rockton ever be as safe as it once was?

A fabulous book that was a pleasure to read. I now need to go out and get the first 3 books in this series! I need more Rockton!


MY REVIEW: 4/5 stars

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