Stillhouse Lake by @RachelCaine #Thriller #BookReview


An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.

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.

Biography

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the #1 smash hit bestselling thriller Stillhouse Lake, the internationally bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Great Library series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the acclaimed YA novel Prince of Shadows. 

The pilot for the crowdfunded show MORGANVILLE is now available on Amazon Prime as streaming video.

Rachel is very pleased to have participated in DEAD AIR, a new combined project from acclaimed producer/publisher Serial Box, cowriting episodes with Gwenda Bond and Carrie Ryan. The project launches in August 2018.

She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and ultimately a corporate management executive before leaving to write full time. She and her husband, comic historian/actor/artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

WWW.RACHELCAINE.COM

My Review

A stunning thriller by a master of suspense!

Gina Royal is living her best life. She has two adorable children, a caring husband and a happy home. That is until a drunk driver crashes into her husband’s workshop and destroys everything she thought was real.

Now Gina/Gwen is on the run from a host of internet predators determined to make her family pay for the sins committed by the serial killer she had for a husband.

Determined to never again feel like a victim, Gwen takes up a strict physical fitness regime along with shooting skills. If anyone tries to hurt her children, they’ll have to go through her first.

But when a murderer strikes close to home, Gwen is once more suspected as an accomplice and it soons become obvious her ex-husband isn’t finished with her yet.

This book freaked me out on so many levels!

Imagine finding out that the man you love, the father of your children, is a sadistic monster wanted for several murders.

Caine does a fantastic job placing the reader in the mind of the protagonist. I felt her confusion, fright, anger and the need for revenge. If it were my kids in danger, I’d do whatever it took to protect them, just as Gwen does.

The twist at the end was not unexpected, but it still sent shivers up my spine.

I give Stillhouse Lake 5+ Scary kisses- A lights on read!

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26 Comments

  1. Shalini says:

    I haven’t read her books yet. Great review. This too goes in my TBR

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    1. It’s a chilling read, Shalini. 🙂

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  2. Joan Hall says:

    I’m reading this book now. It’s one of those that will keep you on the edge of your seat books!

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    1. I love the underlying theme of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. A dark thriller, for sure!

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  3. Staci Troilo says:

    I LOVED this book. This series. I can’t wait for book four. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts of book two (if you read it).

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    1. It took me a few days to get over it, lol. I have the second book on my TBR but decided on some lighter reading in between.
      The author definitely knows how to create a mood!

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        Yeah, I can see why you might want a break after that. Wish I could promise you they get lighter.

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        1. Addictive reads, though 🙂

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  4. Jina Bazzar says:

    Great review! It’s great when a thriller freaks you out – in a good way. I never read this one before, but I read the entire Weather Warden series – one after the other – and it was great!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Jina, I’ll look them up!

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    I’ve seen some great reviews for this book. I’ve read a YA series by this author (it’s fantastic, and has gorgeous covers), but none of her adult titles. Sounds like you really enjoyed it, Jacquie!

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    1. I want to say yes, but it’s a story about a woman on the run from internet trolls who’d like to do nothing more than peel the skin from her body, so… let’s just say I couldn’t put it down! lol

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  6. Mae Clairm says:

    This is on my TBR and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Hopefully I can get to it soon. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews!

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    1. I HAD to buy it after Staci’s amazing review, and I’m glad that I did!

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review Jacquie! I’m going to have to sdd this to my TBR list now!

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    1. It’s scary good, Denise! You might want to lock your doors and read with your lights on, though 🙂

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  8. I have added this to my TBR list. The review made me want to read it.

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    1. Oh, great! Thanks, Michele 😊

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  9. Such a wonderful review, Jacquie! I really need to read this series. It sounds so GOOD!

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    1. It’ll scare you, but yes, really good!

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  10. Oh my goodness, Jacquie. This book sounds fabulous – super hectic. Happy Friday.

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    1. Frightening to think how little you might actually know the person you’ve committed your life to 😦

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  11. carhicks says:

    Great review Jacquie. That twist at the end really surprised me as well. I have read this trilogy, but apparently there is going to be one more.

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    1. I need to catch up!

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  12. Wonderful review. Seems like a book I should put on my TBR 📚 list.

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    1. It got my heart pounding! Lol

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