Book Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Title: Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Length: 302 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

Grace Review

A chilling exploration of the power struggle between a serial killer and the woman desperate to keep her family safe.

Gina Royal thought she had the perfect life. Only to learn that that life was all an illusion.
It’s bad enough that she is faced with horrific truths from a person she cared for, but she’s also faced with having to justify her own innocence.

Forced out of her home and the world she built for her children, she ends up running from one new life to another, just to protect them. At times I thought she may have been overreacting, but given what we learn about her stalkers and the man who continues to haunt her, that overreacting now seems valid.

I don’t want to get into too many details on the story because I think the discovery of each twist shouldn’t be spoiled. However, I will say, the reader should be leery of each new contact in her life. I know I was. And a lot of my suspicions were proven true. I loved this story because the villain is so devious and clever, he had her on her heals the whole time. How she manages to survive it all was also admirable. A heroine worth cheering for.

I feel bad for Gina and how law enforcement let her down. Hopefully with what she goes thru in this book, they will learn to provide her protection instead of put her in the line of fire. But with how this book ends, she may actually be guilty of one thing, and I’ll definitely be encouraging her along the way.

– Grace

Book 1, Stillhouse Lake: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, Killman Creek: Amazon USAmazon UK

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