Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday #Review - This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong #Thriller #Mystery

Series: Casey Duncan # 3
Format: E-Book, 368 pages
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

In This Fallen Prey, the next installment of New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s thriller series, Casey Duncan is about to face her toughest job as police detective in Rockton yet.
When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with 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 be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned, and to keep others safe.
Of course Oliver Brady claims he's being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he’s truly responsible for committing.
In the next page-turning entry in Kelley Armstrong’s gripping series, life in Rockton is about to get even more dangerous.

This Fallen Frey is the third installment in author Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series. Welcome back to Rockton. A small village in the middle of the Yukon. It is a place that has no cell phone service, no Wi-Fi, and no electricity. It is a place where rich people pay serious cash to pretend to disappear for a short time. Most of these people have been granted sanctuary for a price and get to stay up for a short time. It is the place where we find Detective Casey Duncan Butler and Sheriff Eric Dalton who are the only real law and order in the entire town besides Will Anders.

Over the past several books, it has become apparent that the Council can't be trusted. There are way too many secrets. There are those who live in Rockton that are more dangerous than anything that lives in the wild. It is a place that is about ready to be rocked to its very foundation with the surprising arrival of one Oliver Brady thanks to the Council. To say that Casey and Dalton are anything but happy, would be to say that living in the middle of nowhere is a piece of cake. The council in its infinite wisdom, has no decided that taking blood money is absolutely no problem.

Bad enough that Casey and Dalton have to deal with the criminal element living in Rockton. Bad enough that there are hostiles and those called First Settlers who are getting ready to make their play against Rockton. But, now Casey and Dalton are expected to be a detention facility for 6 months for someone who may be a thrill killer. As an incentive, the Council makes several attempts at bribery, giving Casey and Dalton things they really need and have asked for in the past.

For those who have read the first two books, let me just say that a large majority of this story takes place in the woods surrounding Rockton. This means that you get a hole lot of Casey's 80 pound Newfoundland puppy named Storm who ends up taking up a whole lot of storylines. The bottom line of this story is this. Should Casey and Dalton protect Brady from the others? Or, should they perp walk him into the forest and let the animals or hostiles have at him? One could say the moral dilemma of what to do hangs over this story like an itchy scab that refuses to heal.  

I wouldn't necessarily say that the author leaves readers with a cliffhanger, but I will say that there is so much more that was left unanswered. Plus, how many times can you torture, abuse, and cause near fatal harm to your characters before enough is enough? Just curious. I also think it's time to let Casey's past go. It happened. Nobody came and arrested her. She didn't spend any time in prison but she did go on to become a Canadian Police Detective. I doubt very seriously if the author intends to let her return to her old live and her old job. Speaking of which. Dalton knows that things in Rockton are wrong. He's tried to tell Casey of his investigation and thoughts but keeps hitting the wall thanks to the council. I dare hope that he gets to the bottom of what the council is really doing soon before anyone else ends up dead. 

1 comment:

  1. I love Kelly Armstrong and never hesitate to grab one of her books when I see them.
    sherry @ fundinmental