BOOK REVIEW: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake

BOOK REVIEW: Stillhouse Lake
by Rachel Caine


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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.


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I’ve had Stillhouse Lake on my Kindle for years and finally decided to read it.

The book is about the family of a serial killer who is haunted by their husband/father’s heinous crimes and stalked by crazies on the internet who believe the wife, Gwen, had to have been involved. Gwen’s husband, Mel, was discovered to be behind the gruesome murders of multiple women. And although now he is in prison for his crimes, he still has the ability to keep Gwen living in fear.

Gwen and the children are in a pseudo-witness protection program with new identities, heavy security in the house, and plenty of weapons available for their protection. But after years of running and hiding, Gwen is starting to feel the need to stop running and remain settled for the sake of her kids. That is, until a dead body is found in the lake by their house and she becomes a suspect. The pace of the book begins to pick up in the second half as we try to figure out who Gwen can trust and who she can’t.

Some of the story seemed a little far-fetched. And towards the end I started feeling like I knew where it was going and I was ready for it to wrap up, but I still really enjoyed the book.

Apparently, this book is the first in a series, but I don’t plan to read any more in the series.

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