Alone in the Wild

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 04 Feb 2020

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Let me start by saying this isn’t a typical read for me. I wouldn’t normally pick up a book based in this setting: a hidden town in the Yukon wilderness, surrounded by independent settlers and wild savages. But I’m SO GLAD I gave this story a shot. I literally could not put this book down! It’s incredibly well-written, with plenty of twists and turns that make this thriller a masterpiece. Count me in on the entire Rockton series! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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In the mysterious town of Rockton, things are never what they seem. But for once they have a break in the drama. Maybe just an overnight getaway, but that's enough for Det. Casey Duncan and her love, Sheriff Eric Dalton.

Camping out in the Yukon is quite a bit different than camping at the KOA, while the ground is covered with snow, between wolves and hostile former settlers, it's still taking your life into your own hands. 

Waking up to discover Eric gone, Casey thinks she hears a baby crying. But that isn't possible out there. Who would have a baby in the winter out here? With her overgrown pup, Storm by her side, Casey goes to investigate.

What she finds is a mysterious woman lying dead in the snow. A head injury and a shotgun pellet but the biggest surprise is inside the woman's coat. A baby. A very tiny and new baby.

Taking it back to town has everyone out of sorts. No one under 18 is allowed in Rockton. There are very good reasons for that. But while the police try and find out who the child belongs to, the baby will have to stay with some very sketchy residents.

Finding answers requires going not only to the First Settlement but also the Second. Dealing with hostiles and people who long ago forgot their humanity. And even if they find the parents, will they turn the baby over to be killed?

Kelley Armstrong writes about the most interesting town no one knows about. The cast of characters is both frightening and hilarious at the same time. This is a series. You could definitely read it as a stand-alone, however, I would suggest you just start with Book One!

I am never so happy as when I see that a new Rockton book is coming out! I honestly read this in an entire Saturday and I will definitely read the next ones!

NetGalley/ February 4th, 2020 by Minotaur Books
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I've been a Rockton fan since City of the Lost (book 1 of this series). Kelley Armstrong has outdone herself with Alone in the Wild (book 5). I devoured this book, unable to put it down. Can be a stand alone story, but I've enjoyed everyone of these books. I want to thank St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for an early copy to review.
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Another great book in the Rockton series. Do I have to write more? Casey and Eric are great and I love their relationship. Everyone is fleshed out with their own desires.

Casey finds an abandoned baby being hidden by a murdered woman who is not the baby's mother. She and Eric go out into the wilderness to find the parents of the baby and if the parents are worthy of keeping the baby or are savages. 

Usually, the series takes place in Rockton but this one deals more with the area surrounding them and the tribes of people who Casey and Eric have an uneasy peace with. This opened up with the world more. There was even an explanation on why the savages act the way they do. It makes the world more clear and less nightmarish. Bad things can still happen but it won't because of monsters.
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Another excellent entry in the Rockton series!  There is always a good mystery and this time, there's a baby in the woods outside town!  Casey has to solve this one with help from all corners of Armstrong's Yukon world, while coming to terms with her own feelings and issues.  

I love this series so much and Casey and Eric are one of my favorite book couples.  They feel so real on the page even though their circumstances are so out of the ordinary.  I will read how ever many of these Ms. Armstrong decides to write!
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I will read anything Kelley Armstrong writes and this book did not disappoint. A great addition to the Rockton series.
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In the 5th book of the Rockton series, Casey and Eric go on a weekend camping trip and wind up bringing home a surprise.  Casey discovers a woman dead in the snow, clutching a baby.  The baby is alive, barely.  The woman had a head wound and had been fatally shot.  Casey & Eric bring it back to Rockton and then go on the hunt for the baby's parent's.....and the woman's killer.  
I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's books and especially this series.  I love the main characters and the primative Rockton setting.  The storyline kept me so engaged I didn't want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.
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Great conclusion to the Rockton series. Armstrong has built an immersive and fascinating world and expands it even more in this book. Plenty of twists and turns, growth in the characters we've come to know and introductions to new characters. Well-plotted and kept me captivated.

I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Another stellar book in the Casey Duncan series, this being the 5th so far. This one hits a little too close to home on an emotional level for Casey when she finds a murdered woman in the forest holding a baby that is shockingly still alive. Casey and Dalton find themselves instant temporary parents and they get a taste of what it would be like to have a child together. As well as taking care of a newborn, the Rockton team try to find the babies parents an uncover who murdered the woman she was found with. 
This book sheds some insight into the other settlements, the hostiles, and a few of the outlying groups, just in case you were curious. 
It was good. I enjoyed the story and it could be read as a stand-alone though it’s always better to read the previous books for s9me background. Each book has its own contained mystery though. 
Can’t wait for more.
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I am not new to Kelley Armstrong's writing, as a was a fan of her otherworld series when I was a teenager.  I've read a few of her stand alones as well, but coming across this for request I was excited to delve into an overlooked series by this author. I believe that is where the author really shines is series writing, more so than stand alones.  

Alone in the Wild begins with Eric and Casey out on a camping trip, a sort of "staycation" as mentioned in the previous novel.  Of course for these two, there is no such thing as downtime and they manage to stumble upon the body of a woman and a very young baby.  After determining this woman was not the mother, Casey insists on investigating not only the murder of the woman, but finding the parents who are missing their baby and HOPEFULLY reuniting them.  If you have read the other books in this series, the continued world building beyond Rockton will probably be of interest to you.  The first settlement, second settlement, the hostiles.  It seemed like a majority took place outside of Rockton.  If you are new to the series, you could read this as a standalone, but I wouldn't really recommend it.
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So intriguing, the mystery behind the town, people who live in the woods and wild people.  A baby. The mystery that surrounds all these people had me turning the pages as fast as could! I had never read said author before but I cannot wait to read the others in this series.
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Initial Thoughts
This is probably somewhere between a 4 and 5 star read for me. I am going to go with 4 for now but may bump it up after I have some time to think about it. Obviously, I liked the book quite a bit which isn't a huge surprise since I have been a fan of the series since the start. Casey and Eric go on a camping trip together with their dog, Storm, and find an infant under a layer of snow in the arms of a dead woman. I knew from the start that Casey would have quite the mystery to solve in this book. Much of this story takes place in the wilderness outside of Rockton and I enjoyed getting to know more about the other groups sharing the area. I thought that the mystery was well done and it was fun to see both Casey and Eric dealing with an infant. I thought that this was a very well done addition to the series.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Full review to be posted closer to publication date.
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The newest entry in the Rockton series stays true to Kelley Armstrong's addictive writing and memorable characters. It is very easy to become immersed in the worlds that she creates, without restricting those who may not have read all other books in the series. There is enough here to stand alone, though you may be left wondering about some of the back story on secondary characters.
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Rockton holds many secrets.  Detective Casey Duncan and the Sheriff Eric Dalton make up the romantic couple that is brought to life by Armstrong. They also share being part of the law enforcement team. This is a series revolves around solving crime, secrets, and the survival in a Yukon community.  The residents of Rockton along with the plot make this series shine.  This story would be best enjoyed from the beginning so pick up the whole series to enjoy.  " Copy of this book was provided by Minotaur Books via NetGalley with no requirement for a review.  Comments here are my honest opinion."
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This is the fifth book in the intriguing Rockton series. I think this could act as a stand alone but the previous books are so good that I recommend reading them first. Lots of characters from the earlier books re-emerge so although it’s not necessary to have read them, I think this would be more enjoyable if you have. I have loved all the books in this series and this is no exception. Casey and Dalton are on a camping trip when she hears a baby crying in the forest and discovers a murdered woman lying in the snow clutching an infant. They take the body and the baby back to Rockton. She and Dalton go into full investigative mode to try to discover the identity of the woman and try to find out who the parents are and if the baby has been abandoned or kidnapped. They visit other settlements to talk with the people and learn a lot more about their neighboring communities. Rockton usually doesn’t allow anyone under 18 to live there but an exception is made until they can find the parents. This brings out a lot feelings for Casey and Dalton about having children and starting a family and each have their own hopes an misgivings. This is a very touching story and out of all the books shows Casey’s positive influence on Rockton and the surrounding settlements. Overall this is another great book by Kelley Armstrong. I’m considering re-reading all the previous books, they are that good. I’m looking forward to the next one, too. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Very well written. The storyline was perfect. I could not out it down. Read the book in one day. The author sucks you in to the plot.
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Alone in the Wild is book 5 in the Rockton series and although it could be read as a standalone novel, the rest of the series is excellent and there are many appearances from recurring characters that would give the reader greater context.  Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series is unique and enjoyable.  Rockton is a city in the Yukon which offers a way for its residents to disappear - from dangerous situations, from criminal charges.  It's a fully self contained environment without access to modern conveniences and the outside world. 

In Alone in the Wild, Casey and Eric are out camping in the woods near Rockton when Casey hears a baby cry, follows the sound and comes across a dead woman in the forest with a baby clutched to her chest.  Casey and Eric care for the baby while trying to track where she came from and determine if they can and should return her.  In investigating the death of the woman and the origins of the baby, they encounter other residents of the forests surrounding Rockton and gain answers to other lingering questions. 

Alone in the Wild is an enjoyable entry in the Rockton series and I eagerly anticipate the release of the next book in the series.
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This is the fifth ‘Rockton’ novel and if you have not read the previous four, I would highly recommend you do before reading this one.  The book mentions events that took place in the previous novels, though for most a quick explanation is included for most of those events.  As far as the story line, it is a good one, Casey finds a baby in the woods while out camping with her boyfriend, the Sheriff of Rockton, Dalton.  The baby is with a woman that is deceased, which is quickly determined to be murder.  Much of the storyline involves finding out who the woman is, and who the baby belongs to.  This involves visits to two known settlements, one friendly the other not so much. The author keeps the plot moving at a steady pace and the pieces of information leading to the identity of the mother are engaging. I would highly recommend this book.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Alone in the Wild is the 5th book in the Casey Duncan series. Casey and Eric are on a camping vacation when she hears the cry’s of a baby. What she finds is a woman’s body buried in the snow, the baby still alive. Casey is determined to find the parents but did they abandon there child to die. Eric is having a hard time dealing with the circumstances of how he came to be in Rockton. Casey is coming to terms with things in her life as well. Eric and Casey’s relationship is so strong and solid. There love story is the backbone of this whole series. I love this series it’s so different. Rockton is such a unique place with a lot of complex characters. I really like Tyrone Cypher the ex sheriff  he’s gruff and like everyone here there is something dark in there past.This installment takes us more on the outskirts than in. Everyone is being close mouthed about the parents.. Another great adventure.
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This was another great read in the Rockton series. I loved catching up with the old characters plus learning of new ones! I loved seeing Casey and Dalton again plus the mystery was very interesting. I look forward to many more books in this series! I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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