Haven’s Rock, Yukon. Population: 0
Deep in the Yukon wilderness, a town is being built. A place for people to disappear, a fresh start from a life on the run. Haven’s Rock isn’t the first town of this kind, something detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, know first-hand. They met in the original town of Rockton. But greed and deception led the couple to financing a new refuge for those in need. This time around, they get to decide which applicants are approved for residency.
There’s only one rule in Haven’s Rock: stay out of the forest. When two of the town's construction crew members break it and go missing, Casey and Eric are called in ahead of schedule to track them down. When a body is discovered, well-hidden with evidence of foul play, Casey and Eric must find out what happened to the dead woman, and locate those still missing. The longer Casey and Eric don’t know what happened, the more danger everyone is in.
After having enjoyed all of Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series (7 of them), I was delighted first to find out that she was taking those characters and doing another series and, secondly, happy to know that I am going to like the spin-off. The Rockton books were very well done, or that was my opinion, and this reader got very fond of most of the people who lived in the 'hidden' town. Most of the people - not all were good. In any case, Casey Duncan, detective, and her now-husband, Eric Dalton, sheriff, are building a new town and calling it Haven's Rock. I enjoyed reconnecting with both of them and a few other characters from Rockton. Enjoyed meeting a few new people that might or might not be staying around in Haven's Rock.
I do think that this book was definitely setting up the new town, new way of handling things (mostly), and telling us what life might be like here as we are still in the Yukon and still trying to be hidden. There were people who eventually reappeared, but I'll be glad to see more familiar faces in the next book. There were hints of things to come and also crimes to solve in this book. Hoping that the next 'Haven's Rock' book will be coming in 2024. Oh, I don't think you have to read the Rockton books first. You could start here as a lot of things are mentioned that happened before. However, for the best experience, start with City of the Lost and see what you think. Have you 'visited' Rockton yet?