Stillhouse Lake

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.

This is the first in a new series by power house author Rachel Caine and as typical for her she won’t let you down.

In Stillhouse Lake, just as in her others, she has the ability to wring one emotion after another out of you as she pulls you deeper into her plot. You being to emphasize with the characters at times forgetting where you start and the fiction begins.

Her suspense filled storylines will keep your fingers glued to the book as if there is some part of you that believes if you put it down the fear will become real rather than just fiction. The uniqueness of her story will have you diving in to experience a new perspective on an age old crime. Have to admit, having a background in Psychology made me enjoy this rather exceptional examination of human nature at its most brokenness.

The change in perspective I found a bit interesting as it helps define a changing point in the tone of the story and thought Caine handle the transition well.

There is a cliffhanger type of ending but the next book is coming out in December so you don’t have long to wait.

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to review this book.

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