Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine – review.


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.

My thoughts:

Stillhouse Lake begins with a bang. What an opening! When a main character’s life is turned upside down to this degree you know the book is going to be a page turner, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I loved the setting. Stillhouse Lake – just saying it sends a shiver down my spine. It’s the perfect sounding location for a tense psychological thriller. Of course, it doesn’t start out that way. Stillhouse Lake is an idyllic community, perfect for families – but soon, in true psych thriller style, the perfect location turns out to be a total nightmare.

The cast of characters complimented main character Gina perfectly and Rachel Caine skilfully peppered suspicion over a few of them, leading me down a few dead ends as I tried to guess who was behind everything.

As for the ending. Tense, frightening and heart stopping are three phrases that come to mind. If you dare to venture into Stillhouse Lake, be prepared to be dragged down by hidden currents. Mwahaha!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl. 💕💕💕


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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