This Fallen Prey

This Fallen Prey

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...

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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Last year, when we discovered that amongst the residents of Rockton lived a serial rapist who would abduct a woman, fake her death (by dressing and strategically positioning the mauled and thus hard to identify corpse of another woman of roughly the same dimensions in the clothes the abductee was last seen in), hold her captive for months (more than a YEAR in one case), raping and torturing her until she died (for real this time) before choosing a new victim and beginning

    Last year, when we discovered that amongst the residents of Rockton lived a serial rapist who would abduct a woman, fake her death (by dressing and strategically positioning the mauled and thus hard to identify corpse of another woman of roughly the same dimensions in the clothes the abductee was last seen in), hold her captive for months (more than a YEAR in one case), raping and torturing her until she died (for real this time) before choosing a new victim and beginning his twisted cycle all over again, I thought Armstrong had peaked.

    Not that the series itself had peaked, but that future installments would need to seek out alternative avenues to continue the Bigger and Badder trend a series is wont to pursue. The creep factor had topped out.

    SILLY HUMAN, I AM KELLEY ARMSTRONG. I DO NOT PEAK. *laughs maniacally* *twirls mustache*

    What is creepier than diabolical serial rapist guy!?

    Thrill-seeking equal opportunity serial killer guy.

    Which is exactly what Rockton gets when an unscheduled plane lands and discards:

    Okay, I know we learned the “council” could be a bit sketch on the residents’ backstories in A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE, but a serial killer? Really??

    YEP. But he’s not actually meant to be a “resident” this time—more of a temporary prisoner—and at least they’re told up front that this dude is a serial killer . . .

    . . . Or

    he?

    *laughs maniacally* *twirls mustache*

    But regardless of whether or not Oliver Brady is what he’s accused of being, his presence wrecks havoc on the town created for those who need to disappear. Numerous well-liked citizens are placed on the chopping block, leaving you with decimated fingernails as you frantically read to learn their fate.

    It is b/c of this personally experienced terror that I’m going to—for the first time ever—offer you an unnecessary spoiler. In the spirit of

    :

    BUT. Despite Armstrong clearly not having peaked, I had a couple of minor issues that kept this installment from the 4.5 - 5.0 star ratings of its predecessors.

    There’s only so many times you can use a specific threat before it starts to lose its effectiveness, and I reached that point in the last book.

    , Phil. You’re not sending him anywhere. And if you do, he’ll make a new and improved Rockton elsewhere and be happier for it.

    More than I could countenance. Especially considering the convenience of some of their identities.

    All of that being said, THIS FALLEN PREY is still a stellar read in a series of exceptional reads. Armstrong cleanly laid the groundwork for multiple future developments, including some of Casey’s ongoing suspicions concerning the evolution of a “hostile.”

    Dalton was his delightful self:

    Casey continues to wrestle with her darker nature:

    YAS.

    In THIS FALLEN PREY, Armstrong keeps you guessing right up to the end about the true nature of Rockton’s newest (sort of) inhabitant, and when you finally get the full story, I can almost guarantee it won’t be what you expected. I don’t know what the future holds for this settlement and its occupants, but once again, I’ll be impatiently waiting to find out. Still very much recommended.

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  • Holly  B

    This is the third book in the Casey Duncan series and I thought it was the best. It takes place in Rockton, the secret town for people who need to hide. Casey is the town's detective and her boyfriend Eric, is the town sheriff.

    The pace is quick from the start as the city council has negotiated for a dangerous and conniving criminal named Oliver Brady. They were offered $1 million to keep him safe and imprisoned for 6 months. Casey and Eric are caught off guard as a helicopter has delivered him a

    This is the third book in the Casey Duncan series and I thought it was the best. It takes place in Rockton, the secret town for people who need to hide. Casey is the town's detective and her boyfriend Eric, is the town sheriff.

    The pace is quick from the start as the city council has negotiated for a dangerous and conniving criminal named Oliver Brady. They were offered $1 million to keep him safe and imprisoned for 6 months. Casey and Eric are caught off guard as a helicopter has delivered him and taken off before they could refuse delivery. Rockton isn't really equipped to house a criminal like Oliver.

    Oliver starts scheming and may have someone to close for comfort aiding him. What crimes was he accused of will Casey and Eric be able to keep him in jail for 6 months?

    I enjoyed this action filled story which had several heart pounding moments. The setting and the woods people make it very creepy and unpredictable.

    Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for my copy to review.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    This is book 3 in the Casey Duncan series from Kelley Armstrong. While good by itself, I would still suggest starting at the beginning with

    to get the complete picture and absorb the most from this series.

    Rockton, a small community off the grid in Northern Canada. Where clients can go (for the right price) to disappear for a brief time. People come here for all sorts of reasons – some more innocent than others! When Oliver Brady is dropped off as the newest addition of Rockton

    This is book 3 in the Casey Duncan series from Kelley Armstrong. While good by itself, I would still suggest starting at the beginning with

    to get the complete picture and absorb the most from this series.

    Rockton, a small community off the grid in Northern Canada. Where clients can go (for the right price) to disappear for a brief time. People come here for all sorts of reasons – some more innocent than others! When Oliver Brady is dropped off as the newest addition of Rockton, the orders are to keep him under lock and key for six months. Hmmm…that doesn’t sound good! Is he truly guilty of the crimes they are accusing him of? Or is there an ulterior motive to his confinement.

    Well, now that we have come this far in the series I was hoping for something different. The premise for the series is great, though the progression of the storyline is lacking a bit. I’m hopeful that with book four (in the works?) it will spur this series in a new direction!

    A traveling sister read with Brenda, Susanne , Marialyce and Nikki🤗

    Thank you to NetGalley St Martin’s Press and Kelley Armstrong for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susanne Strong

    3 Stars.

    You remember Casey Duncan right? She’s the Detective who decided to live off the grid in Rockton, the town in the Canadian mountains where people go to hide from something and live new lives. Where there is no electricity, no internet and no cellphones. Sounds kind of perfect right? Except for Casey and her Sheriff boyfriend Eric Dalton, Rockton is far from perfect. Crime happens, even in the most perfect of places.

    This time, the council has decided that Rockton is the perfect place to “

    3 Stars.

    You remember Casey Duncan right? She’s the Detective who decided to live off the grid in Rockton, the town in the Canadian mountains where people go to hide from something and live new lives. Where there is no electricity, no internet and no cellphones. Sounds kind of perfect right? Except for Casey and her Sheriff boyfriend Eric Dalton, Rockton is far from perfect. Crime happens, even in the most perfect of places.

    This time, the council has decided that Rockton is the perfect place to “hide” a serial killer. Yeah, you heard that right. The council and the town, are being paid a lot of money to take in Oliver Brady. The council is sure that no one will get hurt and that Casey, Eric and Will can keep him secure. What a laugh riot. Of course they can’t! Things slowly go from bad to bat sh&t for Casey and Dalton and Oliver escapes leaving people dead in his wake. Now its up to Casey and Dalton to find him before all hell breaks loose. This time they encounter Hostiles and people from the First Settlement and their chances of survival well, they get even worse.

    “This Fallen Prey” is the 3rd book in the Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong and though I found the storyline to be stalling a little this time around, I truly enjoyed the idea of a town like Rockton (minus all of the crime of course!).

    This was a traveling sister read. Glad we read this together!.

    Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Kelley Armstrong for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 3.11.18.

  • Selene

    Rockton is a secluded town. There’s one sheriff, one deputy, one homicide detective, and one jail cell. A council decides who gets access to this unique town devoid of internet or electricity and there’s one person in Rockton who has direct access to the council. Communication to people outside of the town is extremely limited and the residents prefer it that way.

    So who are some of the residents?

    Rockton is a secluded town. There’s one sheriff, one deputy, one homicide detective, and one jail cell. A council decides who gets access to this unique town devoid of internet or electricity and there’s one person in Rockton who has direct access to the council. Communication to people outside of the town is extremely limited and the residents prefer it that way.

    So who are some of the residents?

    The latest to arrive in Rockton is a suspected serial killer whose stepfather has paid a million dollars upfront for a six-month stay. Neither Sheriff Dalton nor Detective Butler is happy about the council’s decision to allow this new person into their sheltered circle and it’s not long before their suspicions of impending disaster become a reality.

    ◈ This book was

    Ultimately, it was the writing style that I disliked most. I loved the premise and the opening pages really intrigued me, but the narrator became increasingly boring (after the twenty percent mark) and I got tired of her mentioning that she and Dalton were lovers. She just kept mentioning it

    and

    and

    and

    again...

    Essentially, there were

    of uninteresting side characters,

    main characters, and a great attempt to harness that small-town atmosphere, but I had trouble buying

    of it. The cliffhanger ending only made me feel more frustrated with this story.

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