This Fallen Prey

This Fallen Prey

A Thriller

Book - 2018
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When a dangerous criminal is placed in Rockton without a plan to keep him imprisoned and the townspeople safe, Casey Duncan races to figure out who he is and what crimes he has committed.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780385690898
0385690894
Characteristics: 412 pages

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Elisabeth311
Feb 13, 2019

I love this series!!! It's really well written, engaging, and suspenseful!

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Reads_A_Lot
Aug 17, 2018

This is the 3rd book in the Rockton series. Rockton is a tiny, off-the-grid town in the Yukon that doesn’t exist. Neither do the people in it. They’re all on the run from their pasts, needing a place where they can disappear for a few years. The series centers around Dalton who is the sheriff and town leader, and Casey his smart, level headed detective who also happens to be his girlfriend. This is a well written mystery series with a clever premise, quirky characters, and snappy dialogue. This installment had a good pace and lots of action, but had almost too much going on which made the plot a little cluttered. Still enjoyed it, though. Side note for those who prefer clean books: Dalton’s character is a big potty mouth. Where I don’t usually care for a lot of cussing in the books I read, I put up with it in this series, because it’s almost done in a comedic way.

Ali_at_library May 04, 2018

Another volume in the Rockton series that will not disappoint. A serial killer in their midst turns the eyes of many of the towns inhabitants on each other trying to piece together the disappearance of one of their own and their suspicions about who is actually involved. A terrific thriller with twists and turns to the bitter end.

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daysleeper236
Mar 11, 2018

Book #3 in the Casey Butler / Rockton, Yukon series. An action-packed, heart-pounding thriller. Highly recommended.

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maucarden
Feb 22, 2018

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 This Fallen Prey 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?

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KlayDyer
Jan 05, 2019

Innocent until proven guilty. Good until proven evil. And there's a huge spectrum between those two poles. What matters is where you want to sit on that spectrum, and where you try to sit if you have a choice.

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KlayDyer
Jan 05, 2019

We are those vampires who cannot continue until we have picked up every grain of rice. The shepherd who cannot ignore a sheep in danger. The law keepers who cannot shoot to kill if there is room for mercy.

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