In This Fallen Prey, the next installment of New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrongs thriller series, Casey Duncan is about to face her toughest job as police detective in Rockton yet. When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town councils approval. She certainly didn’t expect to be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned, and to keep others safe. Of course Oliver Brady claims he’s being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes hes truly responsible for committing. In the next page-turning entry in Kelley Armstrongs gripping series, life in Rockton is about to get even more dangerous.
I’ve continued my splurge of this series and I’m still not disappointed. In this novel, Casey, Dalton, and Anders find themselves in shock as the council allows a serial killer to be delivered to their small town. This is a problem since so many of the Rockton residents are white collar criminals or victims, as Casey likes to point out. So she takes it upon herself to investigate if the newcomer, Brady, is truly as horrendous as the council has said… or is he potentially the fall guy for a more devious murderer?
The town struggles when everyone finds out that Brady is believed to be a murderer. Some of the residents believe he shouldn’t be locked up without proof of his crimes and others believe he shouldn’t be allowed to remain in their town. This leads to a violent encounter with some of the townspeople and eventually a manhunt for Brady.
As the books progress, the reader is introduced to new characters or aspects of the town and its politics. This story begins with the burial of three Rockton residents (two of which were discovered in the previous novel and one from natural causes) and Eric is preparing to take some of the locals down South because their time is up. There are also new faces in this book, including a particularly nasty man who enjoys pushing his weight around.
There was a lot going on in this novel and at times, you find yourself wondering if perhaps there are too many side plots going on. But Kelley Armstrong does a good job of weaving the loose threads together into a realistic ending. I’ll admit I was distraught as Casey stumbles on a dying friend (no spoilers, sorry). As quirky as the side characters are, it’s hard not to want to see them continue on throughout the series. The ending of this novel had me completely surprised by the actions of one of the townspeople, and I’m looking forward to being able to find out more about that new truth…
Overall, this series continues to get better with each book and I don’t know how I will be able to wait for more editions once I’ve finished binging the rest of the published books.