Alone in the Wild

Alone in the Wild

In #1 New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong's latest thriller, the hidden town of Rockton is about to face a challenge none of them saw coming: a baby. Every season in Rockton seems to bring a new challenge. At least that's what Detective Casey Duncan has felt since she decided to call this place home. Between all the secretive residents, the sometimes-hostile...

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Title:Alone in the Wild
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I adore this series! Full review to come closer to release date.

    *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*

    4.5 Stars!

    I adore this quirky little town with all it's quirky residents and most of all, the weird relationships and settlements that just simply work.

    This might be a quiet little backwoods town but the residents themselves are anything but sleepy and still and the danger literally lurks around every corner. You just never know what you will get, who will show up next or even worse, who will be dead next.

    This

    I adore this series! Full review to come closer to release date.

    *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*

    4.5 Stars!

    I adore this quirky little town with all it's quirky residents and most of all, the weird relationships and settlements that just simply work.

    This might be a quiet little backwoods town but the residents themselves are anything but sleepy and still and the danger literally lurks around every corner. You just never know what you will get, who will show up next or even worse, who will be dead next.

    This series is just so much fun. The mystery always keeps me on my toes and Armstrong never disappoints with what craziness can happen next.

    I love that this installment delved deeper into not only Casey and Eric's relationship and past but the past of Rockton as well. We finally get more information about the Settlements and the Hostiles. It was fascinating, enthralling, and I just wanted more. And even with all the information we received, Armstrong still left just enough unsaid and undone to leave us wanting more and forming more questions and theories about it all.

    This series just keeps being entertaining, delightful and truly unlike anything I have ever encountered before.

    A stand out, town full of stand out characters that demand attention, respect, and so much more. I once again, will be eagerly awaiting the next release.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

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    This was fantastic! I have been a big fan of Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series for quite some time so I was pretty eager to get my grubby hands on this newest installment. I went into this book with extremely high expectations and I was not disappointed. This book grabbed my interest in the first few pages and never let go. I had an incredibly hard time setting the book down anytime life got in the way. I enjoyed every moment that I

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    This was fantastic! I have been a big fan of Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series for quite some time so I was pretty eager to get my grubby hands on this newest installment. I went into this book with extremely high expectations and I was not disappointed. This book grabbed my interest in the first few pages and never let go. I had an incredibly hard time setting the book down anytime life got in the way. I enjoyed every moment that I spent reading this book.

    This is the fifth book in the Rockton series which I think is best read in order. Casey and Eric want some time alone together so they take a quick camping trip. While Eric is off hunting, Casey hears a noise and discovers an infant in the arms of a dead woman buried in the snow. Casey needs to not only solve the murder of the dead woman but find out if someone is looking for the baby all while trying to care for the infant.

    This was a wonderful and complex mystery. There were so many pieces of the puzzle that needed to be found in order to really see the big picture. I liked getting the chance to go along with Eric and Casey as they visited some of the other groups that live near Rockton. There were a lot of twists and turns in this story and I was never quite sure what would happen next. At times, it almost felt like the more I learned the less I knew as a new piece of information would negate everything I thought I had figured out.

    The story was exciting and there were a few times that I was rather worried about how things might turn out. I love the fact that their dog, Storm, is a constant companion and a rather large part of the story who gets some excitement of her own. We also get the chance to learn a few things about some of the residents of Rockton and it was entertaining to see how a baby could shake things up.

    I would highly recommend this series to others. This is a very well done and original series with likable yet flawed characters. I cannot wait to read more of this wonderful series!

    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.

  • Robin Loves Reading

    When this book showed up at NetGalley months ago, I read it that same day. I am rather lazy about writing reviews, however, and am penning this just a week before publication. However, not only do I have good recall when it comes to whatever I read, but this book, and this series, well, it has taken a special place in my heart. I love this series and will be heartbroken when it comes to an end.

    Rockton is a very unusual town. You go there if you need an escape. You may be a criminal. You may be

    When this book showed up at NetGalley months ago, I read it that same day. I am rather lazy about writing reviews, however, and am penning this just a week before publication. However, not only do I have good recall when it comes to whatever I read, but this book, and this series, well, it has taken a special place in my heart. I love this series and will be heartbroken when it comes to an end.

    Rockton is a very unusual town. You go there if you need an escape. You may be a criminal. You may be an ex-con. You may be running from an abusive spouse. So, the town is a haven of sorts. You aren't moving there forever; it is just a respite. There are no cell phones, internet, ordinary mail even. No electricity. The town's council lets you in and the town council lets you out.

    All of that was to familiarize anyone jumping into this series with this book, Alone in the Wild. I have read all of the books in the series thus far,

    and

    It is an undeniable fact that I am enamored with it. Oh, I think I said that already.

    Our main players are Detective Casey Duncan and Sheriff Eric Dalton. In this book, Casey and Eric are out on a rare camping vacation and Casey hears a baby crying. It takes them a while to locate the sound, and when they do, they find the mother dead, but the squealing baby is lying in her arms.

    Not only must residents in this unique town figure out how to care for the baby , Casey and Eric must try and figure out who the woman was. In so doing, they unearth another group of people and the danger escalates at a rapid pace.

    I literally could not put this book down. Whether the scenes were involving Casey and Eric's relationship as a couple making decisions about their future, or what the fate of the baby would be, or other town's members and the state of the town itself, it was all captivating. And, then the fact of the mystery itself lending a lot of weight in this book, well, it was another winner for me.

    I have now read six books by Kelley Armstrong, and realize this is nothing. She is quite prolific and has written quite a few series. For me, however, I want more of

    Many thanks Minotaur Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Maureen Carden

    There are three stars in the Rockton series, the impossible non-existing town of Rockton, the irascible (such a mild term) Sheriff Eric Dalton and his detective Casey Duncan, and the Yukon forest surrounding Rockton. All are always present in the series, but in

    the Yukon forest takes center stage

    Rockton is the very small, extremely off the grid little town somewhere in the Yukon. It is protected from detection by advanced technology and from the impossibility that it actually

    There are three stars in the Rockton series, the impossible non-existing town of Rockton, the irascible (such a mild term) Sheriff Eric Dalton and his detective Casey Duncan, and the Yukon forest surrounding Rockton. All are always present in the series, but in

    the Yukon forest takes center stage

    Rockton is the very small, extremely off the grid little town somewhere in the Yukon. It is protected from detection by advanced technology and from the impossibility that it actually exists. It was started over sixty years ago to provide sanctuary from those wrong accused, convicted, or pursued by government gone crazy. It then morphed into a sanctuary for other victims. Recently the ruling outside council realized it could make some big bucks by accepting white collar criminals; and then a few serious crazies with very big bucks.

    Life in Rockton is fairly primitive, but somewhat sophisticated too. It’s also a place where people can reinvent themselves. The 90 pound weakling is now a hunky carpenter. The demure grade school teacher is now a foul-mouthed witch; and the respected psychologist has turned madam. But she still accepts an occasional patient.

    Then there is the Yukon boreal forest. Life in the forest is mad, bad and dangerous; also extremely gorgeous and rewarding if you pay attention.

    In Rockton there are certain immutable laws. Do not ever leave the confines of Rockton unless you are in a guided group. If you are in the forest always treat the settlers with respect and do not purposely trespass on their hunting grounds. Avoid any contact with the hostiles and good luck surviving if contact is made. They kill first, eat later. Okay that last was only a nasty, probably unfounded rumor.

    Another rule, no one under eighteen is allowed in Rockton. Eric has been the only exception in almost 70 years as a well meaning Rockton couple kidnapped/rescued him from the forest. A serious matter of perspective still having repercussions.

    On a quick camping trip for some down time and for training the young dogs Storm and Raoul, Casey discovers the body of a murdered woman and a baby sheltered by the woman’s body.

    Eric and Casey's puppy Storm reigns supreme in Rockton. Imagine how a newborn electrifies Rockton; with most of its residents not having seen a baby in years. The baby also results in Eric and Casey confronting some difficult issues in their deepening relationship.

    All those rules I mentioned earlier, Eric, Casey and Will are the only ones who can usually safely break them as they forced to do in their search for the woman’s killer and the baby’s parents. Eric and Casey are forced deeper into the woods with more and more contact with settlers, hostiles, and the nomads who survive in the world between. Their contact with these inhabitants has been a fascinating study of the realpolitik of the world in a virtually unknown world.

    I have been fascinated by intricate, fascinating Rockton world building from the very first book,

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    has continued tradition, this time encompassing the forest, the settlers, and providing some unexpected answers concerning the hostiles.

    The problem with the forest taking center stage, there is not near enough time spent in Rockton or with the people who live there.

    As always in a Rockton book there is the fine writing, inventive story-lines, characters you want to invite into your life. There is also that lovely mysterious world, the impossible non-existing small town set in one of the most stunning hostile environments on earth. Most of all there is the compassion and tenderness underlying it all. This is what will stay with the reader the longest.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Pat

    I was going to give this 4.5-4.75 stars, then I thought what the hell, just round up to 5. This book was very Rockton, in other words - addictive, frantic and so gripping. Casey and Dalton are finally having a well earned break, a weekend camping trip, when Casey hears a scream. After discarding all the other options it dawn on her that it sounded like a small human. So she has no choice but to investigate. She finds a young woman dead, in a pool of blood and the sounds are coming from inside

    I was going to give this 4.5-4.75 stars, then I thought what the hell, just round up to 5. This book was very ‘Rockton’, in other words - addictive, frantic and so gripping. Casey and Dalton are finally having a well earned break, a weekend camping trip, when Casey hears a scream. After discarding all the other options it dawn on her that it sounded like a small human. So she has no choice but to investigate. She finds a young woman dead, in a pool of blood and the sounds are coming from inside her coat. There is a baby hidden within. What? How? Why? Who? All good questions but with no immediate opportunity for answers all she and Dalton can do is take them both back to Rockton.

    The woman, it seems was shot. She looks like a hostile but that doesn’t compute with having a baby. Casey’s sister conducts an autopsy and informs them that the dead woman is not the mother, she has never had a child. Who does the baby belong to?

    This conundrum is what takes up the rest of the book and Casey and Dalton trek from settlement 1 then go to find some traders then to settlement 2 all the while being lied to. The tension builds as the net tightens. The Rockton officers just want to find the child’s parents and return her but self interest, intrigue, greed and lust make that undertaking harder and much more dangerous than it should have been. A tragic story all round. But Ms Armstrong PLEASE put us out of our misery soon and tell us - is that the end or should we expect another instalment? I can handle it, really 🤪😖😖😫, I just need to know.

  • Fiona

    Somehow we're five books in (where exactly did all those years go?), and the Rockton series continues as strong as the day it first started.

    Casey and Eric are finally enjoying some down time, when of course trouble finds them - in the form of a dead woman in the snow, holding a baby. It's a new challenge for the pair, and for Rockton, and the search for the baby's mother quickly proves that the Yukon hasn't run out of problems to throw at them yet.

    We get a lot of exposure to the other

    Somehow we're five books in (where exactly did all those years go?), and the Rockton series continues as strong as the day it first started.

    Casey and Eric are finally enjoying some down time, when of course trouble finds them - in the form of a dead woman in the snow, holding a baby. It's a new challenge for the pair, and for Rockton, and the search for the baby's mother quickly proves that the Yukon hasn't run out of problems to throw at them yet.

    We get a lot of exposure to the other communities in this book, and though there's some time spent in Rockton itself, I missed it a little. But I did appreciate the widening scope too - it feels like these characters are beginning to find their place in a wider whole, and that leaves a lot of room for future stories. The gentle spanner the baby throws into Casey and Eric's relationship was extremely well-handled, too - their relationship never takes over, but there are definitely questions they didn't think they'd need to face, and their emergence is given the attention it deserved.

    These books always start with minor recaps, too, and as I get more forgetful (it's either aging or reading too much) I appreciate that a lot. This is one series that I don't mind rereading, and I haven't had any problem remembering the major plot points, but minor characters and their names? The bits of info dropped into the earlier chapters of these books are invaluable.

    A strong series, and this is one of the better entries (though honestly, I'd say that about all five books, just for different reasons) - and it does stand alone, but if this sounds like something you'd enjoy, trust me and read the lot.

  • Jilly

    You know what sounds like the best part of living out in the woods, off the grid?

    Nothing. Nothing about this sounds remotely attractive. Not the dirt, wild animals, lack of electricity, lack of toilets, lack of internet, lack of cell phones, lack of grocery stores and restaurants and cars and Netflix.... again - nothing sounds fun about living in this environment. And, they are in the Yukon so it is also constantly snowing and they have that whole thing where it's sunny all the time half the

    You know what sounds like the best part of living out in the woods, off the grid?

    Nothing. Nothing about this sounds remotely attractive. Not the dirt, wild animals, lack of electricity, lack of toilets, lack of internet, lack of cell phones, lack of grocery stores and restaurants and cars and Netflix.... again - nothing sounds fun about living in this environment. And, they are in the Yukon so it is also constantly snowing and they have that whole thing where it's sunny all the time half the year and dark all the time the other. I mean, if I had to live like this I would hope that I just immediately get killed by a bear.

    Because bears will kill ya. First chance they get.

    Consider it done. I'll just play dead until a bear finds me if I ever get stuck off the grid.

    So this series is narrated by Casey, a homicide detective who ended up moving to this place in the Yukon that is a combination of Witness Protection and jail. They will keep you safe from the people who were trying to kill you in your old life, only to put you in danger from new people who may or may not want to kill you in your new one. You might be living next door to a mob snitch, or an abused wife, or a serial killer. It's like a game. Guess which neighbor will kill you and eat you if they get the chance? The answer might surprise you!

    Oh, except for the bear neighbors. You don't need to guess where their heads are at.

    This is why the town needed a homicide detective. Lots of murders for some reason. I mean, who'd have guessed that putting a bunch of victims and psychopaths together in a close environment without any comforts or basic distractions would result in killing?

    But, for Casey, this has been a good thing. She found her own mountain man husband and is living the good life. Well, as good as it could be considering. I mean, again, I can't emphasize enough how disgusting and boring their lives are. I mean, are they pooping in buckets? It's not mentioned, but there are no flushing toilets. Something is happening in the situation, and whatever it is is not good.

    So in this one Casey finds a baby that is in the woods next to a dead woman's body. The woman has been murdered and the baby left to die. Oh, I should mention that she and her man were out further in the woods, camping, when they found the baby. Yeah. Camping in the snow. As a vacation from... what? All the distractions of no internet or cell phones? These people's only luxury in life is that they have a roof over their heads and they need to get away from all of that for a while?

    Or, maybe they are just looking for bears. That would make more sense.

    It's better than their current entertainment. Which is nothing.

    The book is spent looking for the murderer and the baby's family. It is complicated because although they live in a "town", there are many

    ... no "crazies" is the right word... in the woods. It's teaming with them. Like a giant bear buffet. And, these crazies are not exactly... sane... as you can guess... so, tough witnesses.

    The craziness adds a little spice to the tacos.

    Things move at a pretty slow pace sometimes in this book. Like when there are conversations or tasks being done that get a little boring. But, it's probably like a whirlwind to them. 'Wow, you're making coffee? Can I watch? Best reality show ever!"

    There are other things that make up for that occasional slowness, though. This series is truly unique and so it's fun and unexpected most of the time. The H and h are also very likable characters. They are smart and sensible. (Wait, did I just say "smart and sensible" as good points? I should be a salesman. I'm missing my calling here.) The mystery unravels at a good pace and is twisty while being believable. Overall, I will read as many books as she puts out in this thing.

    See? I can change lanes.

  • Diane S ☔

    Sixth in this series, another to which I always look forward. Rockton, is a unique community and the setting of the Yukon is one to which I'm drawn. Enjoy seeing what these community members are up to, and what the new storyline will be. There have been some doozies.

    In this outing Casey finds a dead woman, sheltering a very alive baby. Who the baby belongs to and who the dead women is, as well as who killer will set Eric, Casey and Storm on the hunt. We will see much more of the settlers, inside

    Sixth in this series, another to which I always look forward. Rockton, is a unique community and the setting of the Yukon is one to which I'm drawn. Enjoy seeing what these community members are up to, and what the new storyline will be. There have been some doozies.

    In this outing Casey finds a dead woman, sheltering a very alive baby. Who the baby belongs to and who the dead women is, as well as who killer will set Eric, Casey and Storm on the hunt. We will see much more of the settlers, inside their settlements and some of their members will play an important part. We will also get a closer look at some of the hostiles, never a safe bet.

    This series is an original one and the characters are a strange, mix, all have interesting backstories, though some are still not revealed. The storyline moves at a fast pace and the tension ratchets up as the story progresses. I eagerly await the next.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Hollis

    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

    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.

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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    I'm all for the trend of paranormal romance authors switching to mysteries and thrillers. Rachel Caine's

    series was

    and Kelley Armstrong's

    series manages to be just as gritty and fun. My greatest wish is that the Ilona Andrews duo jumps on this bandwagon next... Can you imagine?

    Anyway, ALONE IN THE WILD is the fifth book in the series and I didn't read the first four. #YOLO. Don't worry, though. They work as

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    I'm all for the trend of paranormal romance authors switching to mysteries and thrillers. Rachel Caine's

    series was

    and Kelley Armstrong's

    series manages to be just as gritty and fun. My greatest wish is that the Ilona Andrews duo jumps on this bandwagon next... Can you imagine?

    Anyway, ALONE IN THE WILD is the fifth book in the series and I didn't read the first four. #YOLO. Don't worry, though. They work as standalones-- or at least this one does-- because the author does a really good job filling you in on the backstories of all the characters in the narrative. I never once felt lost, which I feel like is the hallmark of an author who knows their stuff.

    Rockton is a town up north, near the Yukon, where people come to disappear. You can only stay for two years, and you have to be eighteen-and-up. For most of the year, it's a frozen wasteland and people have to be entirely self-sufficient without technology. If you think this leads to a pretty chilling and claustrophobic setting, you would be right. Especially since a lot of Rockton's residents aren't exactly what you might call "savory." They're all there to run from something, after all.

    The main character, Casey, is a woman of Scottish, Filipino, and Chinese decent, who had to run away for her own reasons. Now she's a detective and shacking up with the local sheriff, a hottie named Dalton. They're camping in the woods when Casey hears a strange sound: a baby screaming, half-frozen, in the arms of a dead woman. Whoa. You know things are ramping up when there is literally a dead body in the first chapter. Don't worry, the baby is OK though. But her presence indicates that something is not right, as children are 100% not allowed, and taking care of her is hard, since Rockton really isn't equipped to be baby friendly.

    Plus, it's pretty clear that the baby doesn't belong to the dead woman holding her, which begs the question as to who the baby really belonged to and why the woman was running. Cue nefarious interviews with the other people living in the woods. Nomadic travelers who treat women like chattel, and communes that are like the Manson Family, only a little less psychotic. Neither of those groups is particularly willing to talk, though, and the baby's presence suddenly takes a more similar turn as the reasons behind the woman's murder slowly begin to come to light.

    Is this premise a bit far-fetched? Yes, of course. Did I have fun reading it anyway? Also yes, of course. I'm a sucker for a strong female character and a good whodunnit story. Maybe this wasn't as whodunnity as I might have liked, but the icy setting really added a lot of oomph and I liked how the author had fleshed out the town of Rockton and its surrounding communes. It's a pretty original idea and I got into it pretty quickly. Even though I haven't read the other books in the series, I intend to rectify that pretty quickly, as I sped through this so quickly-- it's just such simple, addictive fun.

    Anyone who enjoys cheesy mysteries with dark themes is going to

    this.

    3 to 3.5 stars

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