Off the Charts – watcher in the woods (Kelley Armstrong)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. This be the fourth book of a series.  If ye haven’t read the other three, then ye might want to skip this post and go get caught up.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

I love Kelley Armstrong!  I discovered her through her young adult book, sea of shadows, and she became me most read author of 2016. I have read the first three books of this series and was excited to continue me foray into Rockton.

This novel continues the adventures of Rockton’s detective, Casey Duncan.  For those who be adventurous and are readin’ this post having not read the previous books, Rockton is an off-the-grid town in the Yukon.  People pay a council to spend time in this town to hide from their pasts.  Some flee domestic abuse.  Some flee other more unsavory problems.  Suffice to say, the town is not an idyllic wonderland.

While I absolutely loved books one and two, book three was a bit of a let down for me in terms of the last third of the book and the suspension of disbelief.  But I always knew I was going to read the next one and have to say that book four was wonderful.  In this installment, an outsider who claims to be a U.S. Marshall has found Rockton and is trying to find and apprehend his target.

No one is supposed to know where the town is, so Casey has to figure out who this Marshall really is, how he got there, who he is looking for, and if the Marshall should be allowed to take someone away.  With the ruling council in shambles, Casey’s situation is a mess.

The fun of this installment was getting to see all me favourite characters again.  In addition ye get some revelations about the history of the Sheriff’s parents and get to have some time with Casey’s sister.  I approve.  The complexities of the storyline were varied and nicely intertwined.  I am not going to get into the plot any further because this is one the reader should get to have on their own.  All I can say is that this might be the best of the bunch and I really want the next one.  Arrrr!

Normally I post the blurb here but I am not because of spoilers!

To visit the author’s website and blog go to:

Kelley Armstrong – Author

To buy the novel visit:

watcher in the woods – Book 4

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

sea of shadows- book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
empires of the night -book 2 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
forest of ruin – book 3 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)
the masked truth (Captain’s Log – YA Thriller)
missing (On the Horizon – YA Thriller eArc)
rough justice – book 5.5 (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)
city of the lost – book 1 (Off the Charts – Thriller/Crime)
a darkness absolute – book 2 (Off the Charts and on the Horizon – Thriller/Crime Arc)
this fallen prey – book 3 (Off the Charts and on the Horizon – Thriller/Crime eArc)

12 thoughts on “Off the Charts – watcher in the woods (Kelley Armstrong)

  1. I’m sorry that this book didn’t quite live up to the last two — but that happens sometimes, even with our favorite authors. I haven’t read anything by Armstrong yet. Crime/Thriller is not my jam typically, so I’ll be reaching for her YA books.

    It sounds like Armstrong was a YA author who progressed into adult literature. Can you tell from her writing that she has a background in writing for a younger audience?


    1. Armstrong actually started with paranormal romance, but has multiple adult and YA series to her name. She is very versatile, and her paranormal romances (both the adult and YA versions) are among my favorites.

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      1. Thanks for the information, Nicole! It’s not often that an author bounces between reading levels like this. The only other authors I think of who do this are V.E/Victoria Schwab and James Patterson.

        Armstrong has quite a few paranormal romance series. Would you be willing to recommend a completed one for me to read? I’d love to check out her works.

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      2. I enjoyed her Women of the Otherworld series, though the narrators change frequently in that series and most people find one narrator they prefer over the others. She did do Otherworld YA crossovers, too.

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    1. I have tried some of the Cainsville stuff and it wasn’t grabbing me. I got tired of fae related stories a while back. I keep meaning to try a different series for her but haven’t yet.
      x The Captain


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