|Title: “This Fallen Prey“|
|Author: Kelley Armstrong|
|#Pages: 368 (Hardcover)|
|Publisher: St. Martin’s Press|
|Release Date: February 6, 2018|
| NBIYH Rating:
Kelley Armstrong has, yet again, written an edge of your seat thriller that kept me glued to each page. I am always hungry for another Armstrong book, no matter what series she’s working on next but this series is my favorite. “This Fallen Prey” is a not so straight forward police procedural. Let me set up the premise first then we’ll delve into what specifically made this a 5+ star read for me.
It would be laughable to say that the little town of Rockton is off the beaten path. It’s more like off the path, down the deer trail, fell over a cliff and was never seen again kind of town. People in trouble apply to the council and pay money to get lost in Rockton, a primitive town built in the middle of nowhere in the northern wilderness of Canada.
Casey Duncan was a homicide detective in her former life down south. Now she is the only detective in Rockton. Casey, the sheriff and his deputy try and keep a lid on a boiling cauldron of interesting and sometimes dangerous people who call Rockton home. The town was supposed to be only for people on the run. Maybe a resident has a murderous spouse who’s decided they know too much or the mob doesn’t want their accountant spilling the beans to the feds. This is how one ends up in Rockton. Need. But now the council has decided to make a lot of money by allowing more dangerous criminals to seek sanctuary.
This time it’s not enough to throw a thief or rapist into the vulnerable town, the council sends an accused serial killer. Oliver Brady has been shipped off to Rockton by his billionaire step father. The council drops their newest resident off in handcuffs and tells Casey and sheriff Dalton to keep him locked in their jail until further notice. There are so many problems with this directive that Casey and Dalton don’t know where to begin to complain. Their one jail cell isn’t even big enough to lie down in. The entire town is built of wood, it has no internet, cell phone service, TV or even running water. Keeping a prisoner in those conditions is unconscionable. They can’t let him wander around Rockton though either. Casey and Dalton must protect the citizens of their little town and allowing a serial killer to run wild is also unfathomable. Now what?
This is how we start the third installment of Casey Duncan-Rockton series. I found the psychological ramifications involved in the quandary Casey and Dalton found themselves in, fascinating. What would YOU do if you were the sheriff? The possibilities are so multilayered with pitfalls that the reader feels tied up in ribbons of unease within the first few chapters.It’s wonderful! I won’t go into all the ramifications of “what do you do with a serial killer” or I’ll ruin the fun of the book. This is, for me, the best kind of police procedural. The kind that really, REALLY makes you think. When each decision is fraught with it’s own consequences and there just isn’t a good way out of the problem. It’s a rubix cube of what if’s. I love those kinds of books.
We’re lucky to also have a unique and deep romance going on between the two main characters. Two complex, multi layered, damaged characters. The relationship between Casey and Dalton adds nuances to the underbelly of the story. They both want the best for the other but each emotional step is complicated by their circumstances, their job and the town they live in. “This Fallen Prey” is wonderful. It’s arduous, it’s frightening and it’s utterly engrossing. Don’t miss it, seriously.
I advise you to go buy yourself one more Christmas present. If you’ve read the first two Casey Duncan books then READ THIS ONE. But if you have yet to relish this series then please, start at the beginning with “City Of The Lost“. While you’re at it you might as well buy “A Darkness Absolute” and since you’ll then totally want to know what’s gonna happen, you might as well make it a trifecta of deliciousness and get the latest one, “This Fallen Prey“. Yep, don’t you feel better now? You have so much good reading to do. GO, make a hot toddy or a chocolate mocha with marshmallows, steal some Christmas fudge, maybe a cookie or two, tuck yourself in a warm corner and READ. You’re welcome, Merry Christmas.
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