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Watcher in the Woods

A Rockton Thriller (City of the Lost 4)

by (author) Kelley Armstrong

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Crime, Crime, Women Sleuths
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In #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the town of Rockton—and her fans—are in for another hair-raising adventure.

When you can't trust the people you're supposed to trust most, what do you do?
The secret town of Rockton has seen some tough times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders.

Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in the several months she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to find the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home.

When a US marshal shows up demanding the release of one of the residents—but won't say who—Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are skeptical. Then, hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and Casey's estranged sister, smuggled into town to help with a medical emergency. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet—before the killer strikes again.

About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller

"Bestseller Armstrong fuses small-town mystery with high-concept thriller in her propulsive fourth Rockton novel. . . . Casey's present-tense narration heightens tension, while colorful characters with checkered pasts add humor, intrigue and heart. New readers and longtime fans will enjoy Armstrong's adrenaline-fueled plot, which cleverly capitalizes upon her inventive series premise." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Kelley Armstrong
"Armstrong is a talented and evocative writer who knows well how to balance the elements of good, suspenseful fiction, and her stories evoke poignancy, action, humour and suspense." —The Globe and Mail
"Kelley Armstrong has long been a favorite of mine." —Charlaine Harris
"[A] master of crime thrillers." —Kirkus Reviews
"Like Stephen King, who manages an under-the-covers, flashlight-in-face kind of storytelling without sounding ridiculous, Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own." —The Walrus
"Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite writers." —Karin Slaughter
"Kelley Armstrong is one of the purest storytellers Canada has produced in a long while." —National Post 

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