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Alone in the Wild

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4.5/5**

I'm a steadfast Kelley Armstrong fan (Canadian? Strong female protagonists in every story? Paranormal romances? Yes, please!) and I've been fully enjoying her Rockton series. This hidden community in the Yukon is such a cool concept, especially after I had the chance to visit the Yukon this summer. It's actually surreal how many isolated or uninhabited places there are, and my husband and I had more than one discussion about how easy it would be for someone to hide out for years! As this is now the 5th book in the series, I was excited to see what would happen next for Casey, Eric, and Rockton. 

Solid Character Development 
I really felt like we finally saw some growth from Casey in this book! It's prequel, Watcher in the Woods, fell flat for me in some ways because Casey had stopped growing. We just weren't seeing any change in her or her relationships, so Alone in the Woods was a happy change to this! Casey is forced to rely on people she normally wouldn't trust (umm, hi Jen?) and has to comfort her own inability to have children, something that was taken from her in the past and she now confronts the reality of it. It's truly heartbreaking to watch her come to terms with things in her life that she doesn't have the ability to change. That said, it was amazing (as always) to see how Dalton continues to be the perfect mate for her and always knows the right thing to say (which isn't easy in a lot of the situations that Casey finds herself in). 

Finally Some Changes in Rockton 
Don't get me wrong, the hidden city idea is still really cool, but throwing a baby into the mix is such a great way to stir things up and really see how the community it forced to adapt in a short amount of time. It was also a great way to see secondary characters in a new way. I do wish we had spent more time with April because her and Casey's relationship has so much further to heal, but overall, it was really great to see characters like Phil and Jen in a slightly different light. We also spent a lot of time with different settler groups and I LOVE seeing how these other populations are living. Armstrong does an excellent job in transitioning the story away from Rockton, while still keeping the city as it's core.

Felt Like a Stronger Story 
This was such a breath of fresh air after the killers we were reading about in the previous books. Although there is still murder to solve (it's Rockton, what else can we expect?), there's a lot of other development happening, including slowly coming to unravel the mysteries around the hostiles and what made them this way, which is amazing because that's been a background mystery over the last few books, so I loved getting more insight this time. While I do lament not spending any time with Jacob in this book, I really enjoyed getting to see so much more about the other communities outside of Rockton and the transition into problems that happen outside the city. 

Overall, this was an excellent book and I'm so excited for it to come out so that we can all talk about it some more! I'd highly recommend Alone in the Woods to anyone who is loving the Rockton series, is a fan of thrillers and romance, or a fan of Kelley Armstrong. Alone in the Wild comes out February 4, 2020 and I can't wait to hear what you think about it!
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Thank you, Netgalley for this ARC. I hadn't read any of the other books in this series, but enjoyed this anyway. I liked the characters and the story. The only thing I didn't like is I got a little confused because a couple of the men were called by their first names, then by other people, they were called by their last names (that could have been first names!)
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Alone in the Wild follows Watcher in the Woods as the fifth in Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series, set in an isolated Yukon community, a haven for people running from their pasts (both victims and white-collar criminals). 

A mysterious Council runs Rockton, controlling its communication with the outside world. The series lead is Homicide Detective Casey Duncan, who's in a strong romantic relationship with Rockton Sheriff Eric Dalton.

In this 5th in the series, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods, and finds the infant in the arms of a murdered woman in the snow. Casey and Eric go on quest to discover the child's origins, resulting in the continuous action, conflict, surprises and red herrings that fans have grown to expect from a Kelley Armstrong tale.
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Every time I read one of Kelley Armstrong's books, I think....se can't get any better.  But she always does.  Alone in the Wild is the next story in the Rockton saga.  Rockton is a very unique setting, no one is who they seem and nothing is what you see.  The cast of characters, from Eric and Casey all the way to the settlers, fit their community.  It feels real.  This book starts off with Casey finding a baby where no baby should be...in fact, winter babies are not allowed to live and thrive.  While the Rockton community searches for the baby's family, we readers get to see how protecting the young is a universal response from even the hardest of personalities.  When Casey's heart cracks, so did mine.  This book really deserves more than 5 stars.
Kelley Armstrong's books defy genres.  Pick a series, any of them, and start your membership in her fan club!
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I’m sad about this “low” rating because I had hoped book four was a fluke and this new book would recapture the magic of the first three installments. This is such a unique premise, with interesting characters, who have plenty of unlikeable and challenging personalities to bounce off of, along with the complicated situation of their living conditions, and it all just makes for fun and exciting and thrilling stories. But these last two..

This series is about an off-the-grid town in the Yukon, called Rockton. Rockton being a town populated by people who have escaped horrors, are on the run from something in their pasts, and have found a place where they can disappear for a few years. Sometimes, too, they are the ones who caused the horrors and just paid enough to a particular group in order to be admitted in order to lay low. Our lead protagonist is Casey Duncan, who arrived to this town to help her friend escape her ex, and has become one of the three detectives who help to police the outlaw-esque locals and keep the peace.

In this particular story, Casey discovers a baby in the woods, along with the body of a dead woman.. and discovers she was not the baby’s mother. It’s through communicating with the two local settlements, plus in speaking with a recluse, and a former hostile (someone who was once part of one of the nomad-esque tribes of.. well, hostile people), to track down who this woman is, where the baby’s parents are, and.. well, lots of that, really. There’s the politics of dealing with the settlements, trade negotiations, and just general complexities in navigating all that plus the wildlife and plus the harsh weather.

What I like about this series continues to be the characters, though some are forever a frustration, and again the setting is just so different. It’s great to read a contemporary where detectives can’t just google shit, there’s no conveniences of the kind we’re used to living with, and it’s a very hard life but not without lots of positive things, too. This particular mystery forced Casey and her Sheriff pseudo-husband to talk about the possibility of children, and the complications therein, and it got a little emotional there at the end. But while I also appreciate that Armstrong uses her cast of characters, most who have never lived within a modern society or any place other than the wilderness, to explore particular discussions, ie, bias, prejudice, toxic masculinity, etc, this one felt really.. preachy. I don’t know. Sometimes people who are too self-aware just get side eye from me.

So, yeah. Not my favourite. But the series itself is still one I enjoy. I do wonder if the particulars of some of what was brought up in this one means there’s an end date coming for the series but who knows. This is the same author who had a thirteen book series, so. Anything goes.

I’ll definitely read on! But this was not a favourite.
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Happy early Christmas to me! I was so excited to get my greedy hands on this book, I was nervous I was expecting too much. I shouldn't have worried!  I consumed this book in three big gulps, stopping to sleep, work and do laundry. The laundry could have potentially waited, but we were running out of some fairly important items. 

Welcome back to Rockton, one of the most interesting towns you'll ever visit. I am fascinated by how Armstrong addresses the lack of technology and luxuries the town. I constantly ask myself if I could make it there or if I'd run screaming into the woods. Which brings me around to plot. We learn much more about the "hostiles," which has been a mystery within these mysteries. Armstrong is an expert in giving enough information to be satisfying, but no so much that you have ALL your questions answered.

There was a lot less time spent with the town residents this time.  The story was much more tightly connected to Casey and Eric. Their dynamic is always interesting. Throw in a baby, a murder and a crazy trader family, and you come up with a hum dinger of a book. This was a lot of fun, I'm just sad that now I have to wait for the next one... again...
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The Rockton series is one of my favorites! I eagerly await each new book in this series. Alone in the Wild is the 5th book set in Rockton, a town absent from any maps where people go to get away from their problems. Far, far away. Rockton is in the Canadian wilderness and camouflaged so even airplanes flying over head can't see the town unless the pilots know it's there. No electricity. No internet. No contact with the outside world except for resupply trips. Rockton residents pay a lot of money for the privilege of disappearing. Some are running from danger. Others are criminals hiding from law enforcement. It makes Casey Duncan's job as local detective difficult at times. Her boyfriend Dalton is Rockton's sheriff. It's up to them to keep the residents safe. Sometimes that can be difficult and incredibly dangerous.

In this newest book, Casey and Dalton take a much needed rest. Things have been quiet in Rockton for months and residents are busy preparing for Christmas. So, they take a two day camping trip to get a break. When Casey discovers a baby in the forest buried in the snow with a dead woman, she and Dalton realize they need to discover the identity of the woman in order to find the child's family. Their main goal is to return the baby to its people, and to discover what happened.

This series is best read in order to fully understand the setting and the characters. Plus the plot refers to events from previous books a few times. Definite spoilers if a reader hasn't read the earlier books first.

Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The plot is engaging, well-written and suspenseful. Another great visit to Rockton! I can't wait for the next book!

**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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The fifth instalment in Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series deals with the danger of good intentions and repeating the mistakes of the past. I loved this book and where it took our characters and their relationships.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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As I die-hard reader of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, I have followed Kelley Armstrong into her other genres. The stories set in Rockton are a personal favorite of mine, and Alone in the Wild was a particular treat. Casey and Eric are great, unique characters, and they are supported by a strong secondary cast. There is a lot going on in this one, and the action rarely lets up and keeps you wondering to the end. I am not sure how many books Kelley Armstrong has planned for this series, but I will be along for the ride until the end.
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Alone in the Wild started off with a bang. The author did a fantastic job of keeping the story focused on Casey, Eric and their search for the baby's mother. And what a story it was!!

The author did a fantastic job of keeping who killed the woman and why until the end of the book. There were several red herrings thrown out but the reason in the end stunned me. I was also stunned about why she was killed. 

Alone in the Wild is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is February 4th, 2020.
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Casey Duncan and her main squeeze, Eric Dalton, are camping, away from Rockton for the first time in a long time. Casey hears something or someone crying in the distance and discovers a dead woman with a tiny baby cradled in her arms. The woman was shot and bled out. Casey and Dalton return the baby to Rockton. It is the middle of winter and feeding a baby in the winter is a very difficult task, which is why most of the inhabitants of the extremely isolated area do not have babies in the winter. Who does the baby belong to? And why was this woman holding it. The autopsy reveals this woman was not the mother. Casey and Eric travel to the settlements that are even more remote than Rockton, inhabited by various people who have decided to live in the Canadian wilderness, for many different reasons. As the investigation deepens, Casey and Eric are forced to confront their feelings about having their own child. Place setting and character development are the mainstays of this series. Recommended and be sure and start from the beginning of the series.
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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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