Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine

23 January 2018
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Stillhouse Lake #1
Rachel Caine
Thomas & Mercer

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.

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine takes place at a spectacularly spooky location called Stillhouse Lake. Gina Royal – now reinvented as Gwen Proctor is hiding from trolls. No, not the weird little creatures in the woods, but internet trolls.

You see, Gina Royal’s husband was a serial killer who tortured and hung women. And the people on the interwebs send her nastygrams and post ugly photos of her children’s heads on dead bodies. Creepy crap.

Gwen and her two children, Connor and Lani (short for Atlanta) move to Stillhouse Lake for a little peace. They’ve had to move several times to get away from the creepers, and they are hoping they will remain safe in their new home for the long haul.

But then murder and mayhem ensue. A woman is found in the lake, eerily similar to her husband’s murder victims. And Gwen is under suspicion. Will poor Gwen ever get some peace and quiet?

Rachel Caine has offered us up a different type of book – one about the family the serial killer has left behind. Despite her over-the-top routines, Gwen Proctor was a likable character, as were her children.

I liked the setting, and check out how amazingly spooky the cover is.  That’s exactly how I picture Stillhouse Lake.  A green hazy still foggy lake with secrets below the surface.

I took one star away because I found the first half of the book a bit draggy. But the 2nd half was well paced, and the story overall is excellent. 4-stars. I’m looking forward to Killman Creek, Book #2 in the Stillhouse Lake series.

Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine

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