Monday, 5 February 2018

Review: This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong

This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
My rating: 5 Stars
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When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect. There are 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 become the town homicide detective. 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 she never thought that she'd have to be responsible for him.

The longer Oliver Brady stays in town, the more people seem to die around him. When evidence begins piling up that someone inside Rockton is working as his accomplice, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes he's truly responsible for committing.

My Thoughts:
The Casey Duncan series is set in Rockton, a town off the grid, a refuge town for those trying to escape something in life like a stalker, abusive mate, or punishment from a crime. Supposedly residents are pre-screened for violent behavior, however Eric and Casey, Rockton’s Sheriff and Detective, are finding out that many of the residents are not as their paperwork has presented them.  We’ve found out the hard way that there are very dangerous people in Rockton, but Casey and Eric are determined to keep the residents of this little town safe. Both Casey and Eric love their life, limited and imperfect as it is, they’ve found a place to belong, safe and fulfilled with each other. 

In this newest installment, all is threatened when the council decides to admit a man, Oliver Brady, who’s accused of horrendous crimes.  His stepfather paid a hefty price to have him secured there, but Casey and Eric are given no advance notice of his arrival and are completely unprepared to deal with such a prisoner, and there’s immediate chaos.  Half the town feel sorry for Oliver and the other half are ready to exact justice. Of course, according to Oliver, he’s innocent, wrongly accused and being framed. Who to believe?

Man, this installment had so many twists and turns! Just when I thought things would settle down, a new fresh threat would pop up, so I was on the edge of my seat the entire book! I love Casey’s quick, logical thinking.  She had an intelligent, deductive mind working every angle, but that didn’t keep her out of harm’s way, even so.  Still, she’s a force to be reckoned with, both mentally and physically!  I just love a woman with moves, able to kick some ass! LOVE Eric as well! He’s smart, courageous, and protective; they made an impressive team! It’s a delight to see their relationship continue to grow and solidify.  They’re just it for each other.

There’s a few twists with some of the regular cast of characters that had me gasping in surprise! Danger, thrills, and action at every turn.  On top of that these characters are so very interesting with many layers! I’m totally invested in Eric and Casey’s story, of course, but the secondary characters are captivating as well.  I’m hoping we see more with Nicole and Eric’s brother, Jacob.   Jen and Diana are just two pieces of work; love to hate them!  Mathias, Val, Tyrone, Petra, and Isabel each have their own piece of the story as well.  

The story was just sooooo good! Can I just say I love this series?! If you haven’t given it a try yet, you are missing out!  Even though every installment is its own mystery, and wraps up by the end, I do recommend reading in order.


Kindlemom said...

Yes! I love this series and how mysterious it truly is. I love LOVE that it keeps me guessing constantly. So excited you loved this as well!

Karen said...

I just saw another positive review for this and I didn't even know about the series. I used to be a big fan of the author but then I needed a break but this series sounds so interesting.

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Nick said...

OK that's it. I'm adding this to my March series to binge-read. It sounds dangerous, twisty and all kinds of entertaining. I'm so glad this was a hit for you.

JennRenee said...

This series is new to me. I do like this author though. Need to check this series out. I love twisty and exciting.

Blodeuedd said...

I reeeeally need to try this

Greg said...

Oh my gosh I am reading this NEXT! I've been waiting lol. I love Casey and Eric too, and the whole Rockton thing. Such a fascinating idea, this little town off the grid. Oh and I kinda liked Tyrone in the last one, even though he was a jerk I thought he developed a grudging respect for casey, and I'd love to see those two kick a little ass together lol.

Glad this was awesome!

Rachel said...

I know, I love the idea of this town. I kind of want to live there, except I'd have to preload my Kindle with about a million books first and get a solar charger. :) Hope you love it as much as I did, Greg. I look forward to your thoughts. :)

Carina Olsen said...

Eee, gorgeous review Rachel :D I'm not really reading adult books, but I wish to read this series so badly. Ahh. Sounds like an awesome mystery :D And romance too. Yay for romance being solid and such. <3 So glad you loved it so :)

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