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In number-one New York Times best-selling author 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 settlers outside, and the surrounding wilderness, there's always something to worry about.

While on a much needed camping vacation with her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, Casey hears a baby crying in the woods. The sound leads them to a tragic scene: a woman buried under the snow, murdered, a baby still alive in her arms.  

A town that doesn’t let anyone in under the age of 18, Rockton must take care of its youngest resident yet while solving another murder and finding out where the baby came from - and whether she's better off where she is.  

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong again delivers an engaging, tense thriller set in perhaps the most interesting town in all of contemporary crime fiction.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2020 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • shelley
  • 05-02-20

A babe in the woods...

Fantastic ! This is another one of those series I really look forward to new releases. As with many you can listen to this as a stand alone but do yourself a favor and listen to the entire series in order. You won’t regret it.
In this book the protagonists (Casey Duncan and Eric Dalton) are taking a rare few days to themselves. They’ve gone camping about an hour out of Rockton. Eric has gone off to hunt while Casey still sleeps. When she gets up and starts gathering kindling for their fire she hears a noise that she believes is coming from an orphaned or wounded baby animal. What she finds is a human baby buried under a blanket of snow with a dead woman. While trying to locate the infant’s parents they learn she might come from a family that prostitutes their daughters. Rockton doesn’t allow children but this becomes a moral dilemma. Should Casey and Eric continue to try to return this child to a family not fit to raise her or should they keep her as their own. Given Eric’s sketchy adoption he has to know if the family is really that horrible. And who killed the woman with the baby. Was she trying to rescue it? And why did the killer leave the baby with her?
Therese Plummer does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Becca
  • 10-03-20

Another Great Addition to the Series

If you're a fan of Rockton, you'll be a fan of this book. As always, it's another action-packed Rockton mystery, and the stakes are still high. I'm amazed by all the different cases Armstrong manages to come up with for Casey and Dalton, and this one may be one of my favorites.

My favorite part of this book in particular was the world-building. It was great to learn more about the settlements and the hostiles, and I'm loving how some of those threads are really being woven together. It was also interesting to see a new side of Casey and Dalton's relationship and how it's growing and developing with each book.

My only complaint was that it wasn't long enough, though that may be my fault for finishing it in just two days.

Therese Plummer also continues to be one of my absolute favorite audible narrators. I've given her six stars if I could--she has such a way of bringing stories to life, and her range of voices is amazing.

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  • Antigone
  • 05-02-20

Better and better

I love this series- and it just keeps getting better. The mystery was engaging and twisty. The foreshadowing was not obvious. And the character development is excellent. I am still enjoying the interplay with Petra and interested to see what comes next!

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  • Rebecca Campbell
  • 28-06-21

Better Than Expected

When I read the summary I wasn't sure this one would be as good as the others but I was pleasantly surprised. This was one of my favorites in the series. As always relatable characters, excellent narration, enjoyable story.

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  • Always Reading
  • 29-04-21

Rockton #5

I love this series and this was another great installment. I enjoyed "seeing" more of the area around Rockton and learning more about other settlements and my favorite characters in town. Looking forward to #6!

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  • Jeremy A. Dolby
  • 05-04-21

Another Success

The writer plus the narrator make a great team. The story is engaging and exciting. The narrator is not only accurate, but an excellent performer with good characterizations. I look forward to reading more in this series!

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  • Rlane
  • 30-10-20

The series continues to shine!

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Rockton is unknown to the general population, set up in the Yukon, off-the-grid, and a place formed for those on the run from danger. An abusive husband, a stalker, unfair conviction? Rockton is your place to hide until the dust settles. Supposedly inhabitants are vetted so that no violent criminals are allowed in, but in the past books we’ve learned that this isn’t true.

Eric, the Sherriff of Rockton and Casey, the town’s Homicide Detective are a close team working together to keep order, their residents safe, and to solve whatever crimes. However, they’re more than that, and have been almost from the start, and part of the big draw to this series for me is their romance. There’s no drama stemming from unnecessary relationship conflict, rather the drama is from the danger they face daily from residents, the Hostiles, or from the outside Settlements.

In Alone in the Wild Casey and Eric find a very young baby, clutched in the arms of a murdered woman. Was this baby taken from her family, and if so why? They need to find a killer as well, so they set off to find answers from the two Settlements, and Tyrone Cypher the former Sherriff of Rockton.

I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Alone in the Wild and was pleased to finally get answers about the Hostiles, and a glimpse into the lives of the Settlers, people who chose to stay in the area rather than go back home after their five years at Rockton were up. Were introduced to a few new, interesting characters and a couple that sent shivers done my spine, anticipating the threats and danger they may pose in the future. I think this installment really set things up for future dealings with the Settlements and maybe some interventions with the Hostiles?

Eric and Casey, as usual, make a phenomenal team, although there was a scene where I wanted to shake Casey for being reckless, but it was a minor annoyance. With being stuck with a baby, Casey and Eric faced some fears and made a plan for the future, whatever it may bring. I loved their approach!

Rockton is one of my all-time favorite series’ and Alone in the Wild was another riveting installment fans won’t want to miss! If you haven’t tried this series yet, I highly recommend it! For audio book junkies (like myself) the audios of Rockton are amazing! Therese Plummer is one of my all-time favorite narrators!

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  • Artkeep
  • 29-09-20

GREAT ADDITION TO THE SERIES

I truly enjoyed this book in the series. I can't say if it's the excellent writing of Kelley Armstrong or the extraordinary narration by my FAVORITE narrator, Therese Plummer! They were both great! WELL worth the credit!

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  • Booklover13
  • 14-09-20

Great book!

What a great book! So many twists I never saw coming. Lots of suspense, too, as usual for this series. I need the next one now! I just hope the wait isn't too long.

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  • Beth
  • 26-08-20

Great series

This is one of my favorite series yet. I hope she doesn’t stop writing them any time soon!