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The Boy Who Cried Bear

Haven's Rock #2

Narrator: Thérèse Plummer

ISBN: 9781250333032

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 2/20/2024

Format: Audiobook

My Rating: 4 Stars

In The Boy Who Cried Bear, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong keeps listeners on the edge of their seats while detective Casey Duncan tries to locate the threat before it’s too late.

Haven’s Rock is a well-hidden town surrounded by forest. And it’s supposed to be, being that it’s a refuge for those who need to disappear. Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton already feel at home in their new town, which reminds them of where they first met in Rockton. And while they know how to navigate the woods and its various dangers, other residents don’t. Which is why people aren't allowed to wander off alone.

When Max, the town’s youngest resident—taught to track animals by Eric—fears a bear is stalking a hiking party, alarms are raised. Even stranger, the ten-year-old swears the bear had human eyes. Casey and Eric know the dangers a bear can present, so they’re taking it seriously. But odd occurrences are happening all around them, and when a dead body turns up, they’re not sure what they’re up against.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.

My Review

Kelly Armstrong returns following Murder At Raven's Rock, with her popular Haven Rock's series with #2, THE BOY WHO CRIED BEAR —Detective Casey Duncan tries to solve a threat/mystery before it is too late in this chilling suspense.

Haven’s Rock is a well-hidden sanctuary town in Yukon, surrounded by forest and a place of solace and safety for those who need refuge (and to disappear).

Picking up from the last book, Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are pros, but they know the woods can be dangerous, and they encourage the residents not to wander off.

They now have 24 residents, including Max's family. Rockton did not allow children or couples, so they changed that. Max's family are the newest residents. He, his older brother, Carson, and their mother. They survived an attack on their family in which their father was killed.

Max (adorable), is the youngest resident and was taught to track animals by Eric. He is ten and swears there is a bear with human eyes. Ever since Max said he had nightmares about people sneaking up on him, Eric had been teaching him how to track sounds in the forest.

He tells his brother Carson they are being stalked by a predator. Casey and Eric take it seriously. Then things start happening, and someone goes missing. Then a body is found.

What stranger is hiding out in their woods? A serial killer? Or could it be one of their own?

I was hooked after reading the first book in the series and was delighted to return to Haven's Rock and catch up with all the diverse characters.

Atmospheric, action-packed, a well-written mystery crime series with a locked-in thriller vibe blended with psychological suspense and family dramas.

While this novel can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the first in the series (which I enjoyed) to learn the key players and the backgrounds. Fans of Kelley Armstrong and the Rockton series will enjoy this one. I look forward to reading more from this author!

Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced review copy.

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My Rating: 4 Stars

Pub Date: Feb 20, 2024

Murder at Haven's Rock

Haven's Rock #1

About the Author

photo credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Kelley Armstrong graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.

She is the author of the Rockton mystery series featuring Detective Casey Duncan, which begins with City of the Lost, and the novel Wherever She Goes. She is the editor of the young adult anthology Life Is Short and Then You Die. WEBSITE







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