Off the Charts and On the Horizon – alone in the wild (Kelley Armstrong)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this thriller through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings.  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 fifth book of a series.  If ye haven’t read the other four, 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 . . .

alone in the wild (Kelley Armstrong)

Title: alone in the wild

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardcover/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1250254283

Source:  NetGalley

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 really been enjoying this series and I didn’t even read the blurb before I requested this.

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.

I loved that, unlike in the previous books, all the important action in this mystery takes place in the forest and the communities outside of Rockton.  Rockton has been weirdly well-behaved and is focused on the preparation for December’s holidays.  Casey is supposed to be enjoying a mini vacation but that goes out the window when she hears a baby cry while out in the middle of the woods.  Aye, a baby.  But with that baby is a dead body that clearly shows signs of murder.  Casey be determined to find the babies relatives.  She just has to figure out who they are first.

This case involves visiting the other settlements in the forest who don’t like outsiders.  I really enjoyed getting insight into how the other Yukon groups choose to live.  Also some questions about hostiles are answered which of course lead to bigger questions for Casey to eventually solve.  Ye get more answers (and questions) about Dalton’s past too.  I can’t wait to see where those plot lines go in future books.

The first three books were more self-contained.  Books four and five hint at a larger picture and have had interwoven threads.  The nice part is that each book’s problems are solved even while the ramifications of Rockton’s existence are getting more tricky.  I did miss not having much time with Rockton residents but got a ton of fun in exchange.  I read this book in one sitting and time flew by.  If ye haven’t visited Rockton yet, ye should!

So lastly . . .

Thank ye kindly St. Martin’s Press!

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:

alone in the wild – Book 5

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)
watcher in the woods – book 4 (Off the Charts – Thriller/Crime)

15 thoughts on “Off the Charts and On the Horizon – alone in the wild (Kelley Armstrong)

  1. I don’t read much crime fiction as I find it gives me nightmares typically– but I’m glad you love Armstrong’s writing! Are these books graphic or do they have psychological elements to them? Perhaps I should try out Armstrong’s writing if you love her so much…

    What book # is this in the series? Book 6? I like mystery series where you don’t have to read all the books in order (I’m looking at you, Agatha Christie!), but it sounds like the Rockton books might need to be read in a specific order?

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    1. This was book 5. Some people say these books can be read as standalones but I disagree because of how the character building is done. Plus the details of the camp unfold over time. These do have some graphic things tied in as well as psychological elements. Tends to be describing of the dead bodies because of the police work. I don’t think they are super gratuitous though. I really enjoy the hidden town aspects and the characters.
      x The Captain

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      1. Character development and relationships are often what makes it difficult for books set in the same world to be read as standalones. As long as the author is good at helping new readers understand what has happened in the past, I think it can be successful. Unfortunately, there are few authors I trust to pull that off. Or, the author needs to eliminate longer-term relationships (such as in Poirot).

        Thanks for sharing some details! I probsbly won’t pick these books up, but I’ll now know in the back of my mind you recommend them. 😉


  2. I also love Kelley Armstrong — she’s one of the reasons I started writing, and is the only author I have actually met in person. I’m more a fan of her paranormal romances, though, and while I have read the first two or three Rockton books it’s not a series I plan to continue. However I definitely agree that bigger fans of the thriller genre than I am should read them! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

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    1. I love that her writing inspired ye! Where did ye meet her? I haven’t only read one of her paranormal novellas. It was well written but not me thing. Is there a specific reason ye stopped reading about Rockton?
      x The Captain


      1. So… I think Bitten was the first of her books that I read, and it had a note at the back about her website. Back in the day, she hosted a writing group on her website, and I joined that. Several years later, she organized a meet-and-greet with a small-ish group of fans in San Diego when she was there for Comic Con. So even though I didn’t go to the con, I was in town and able to meet Kelley there. I also beta-read her YA paranormal series (Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising) and that was a really neat experience.

        I stopped reading Rockton for the same reason I stopped reading her Nadia Spafford series: the thriller aspect stopped being enjoyable. Thrillers aren’t my usual genre, and while I enjoyed them for a while because I like the author, I reached my limit and stopped. I may revisit the series later, when I feel like reading a thriller from an author I trust.


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