Alone in the Wild (Rockton #5) by Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur
Warning: mild spoilers ahead
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 eighteen, 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.
I don’t want to say too much about this one seeing as it is the 5th book in an ongoing series but I can assure you that I absolutely devoured it.
I feel like I say this a lot but I am not a thriller/mystery reader generally because I don’t tend to find them overly exciting or surprising. One thing that I love about this series though that keeps me coming back is the fact that Kelley Armstrong writes each of her characters with so much depth, that I want to hear more of their stories. I want to learn more about Rockton and what surrounds it. I want to see what the next adventure brings. I want to learn more about the council. In short, it keeps me coming back for more.
In this installment, Armstrong further delves into backstory whilst expanding on the world that surrounds our favourite hidden town. During the process of dealing with finding an abandoned baby, Armstrong sprinkles in plenty of plot points which I cannot wait to pay off in future books. It has been confirmed that we have at least 2 more to look forward to and I am already eagerly awaiting their release dates.
Needless to say (especially if you know me) these books are ones that I look forward to every year and will continuously sing their praises. If you are looking for a non-stop ride that gives a possible answer to the statistic that ‘enough people go missing each year to populate a small town’, then this series is for you.