Series: Stillhouse Lake #1
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: May 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Add to: Goodreads
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. - via GoodReads
I read Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine because it was the Suspense pick for COYER Book Club for May (more on book club on Friday!). I was the moderator for the suspense genre for May. Stillhouse Lake had been on my radar for awhile but I hadn’t picked it up for whatever reason. Turns out that was a mistake!
I really liked the plot in Stillhouse Lake. There is one hell of a prequel. Really I feel like this is every woman’s nightmare or at least one of them. Gwen’s character sort of annoyed me at first. Even knowing that she was completely blindsided by her husband’s terrible secret I had a hard time with her character. Gwen understandably had some major trust issues.
Because of the beginning of the story I had a hard time trusting any of the characters. I really liked her children. It would turn out that I trusted the wrong people by the end of the book and that was what made me really enjoy this book!
Typically I really enjoy when an author can surprise me. Rachel Caine definitely surprised me. I don’t feel like that is even a spoiler because during our book club discussion things that were obvious to me weren’t obvious to others and vice versa.
I was sad when we didn’t get to continue the series for book club in June but I’ll definitely be continuing the series on my own or if anyone in COYER is interested I can buddy read the series with them.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 GoodReads