Stillhouse Lake Book Review

Stillhouse Lake Book Review

Title: Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine
Published: July 1, 2017, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 300
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Bestselling author, Rachel Caine, has released the first in what she calls the Stillhouse Lake Series. In Stillhouse Lake, the protagonist, Gina Royal, returns home after picking up her children from school to find that an SUV has run into her garage, which is her husband’s beloved woodworking shop. Gina hasn’t paid much attention to her husband, Mel’s woodworking shop in the past, so she is absolutely stunned to find herself arrested and charged as an accessory to several serial killings committed by her husband. After being acquitted, Gina takes on the name of Gwen Proctor, moves out of town, and tries to start a new life with her children. The kids adapt fairly well to constantly moving, but when they finally end up at Stillhouse Lake, and are in a house they love and in a community they feel comfortable in, dead bodies, killed in the same style as those her husband murdered, begin to be washed up to the shore. Law enforcement, as well as some of her acquaintances learn of her real identity, and she is the primary suspect, since Mel is still in prison. Is it possible that he is manipulating someone to carry on his serial killings and cause Gwen to take the blame? How can he really know where she is, since she has covered her tracks extremely well?

Not only is Caine an excellent storyteller, she has developed believable characters, some that are likeable, and others that are a bit suspect. From the beginning chapter and throughout the entire novel, the suspense builds; this is a family in peril, with a mother who wants to protect her children at any cost. Gwen has built up a viable business and is financially fairly comfortable, but it may all be for naught, if her husband is able to frame her from prison and ruin her life and the lives of his children to get his revenge.

This novel will grab readers from the beginning prologue and keep them on the edge of their seats to the very end. The premise of having been married to a serial killer and not suspect a thing is unique and makes for fascinating reading. Highly recommended for readers who like variety.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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