"The events surrounding STILLHOUSE LAKE will keep you up at night."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted August 3, 2017
Thriller | Suspense
Gina Royal was living the American Dream, so to speak. She
had two wonderful children and a husband who is handsome
along with making a good living so Gina does not have to
work. She can focus on running their home and taking care of
their children. Things are not the way that Gina thinks they
are, though. One afternoon Gina returns with her two
children from school to find a bevy of police cars
surrounding her house. It seems that a drunk driver has lost
control of his car and plowed into the building that serves
as her husband's wood working shop. Gina has never been
inside of it and it has a solid lock on it. She has no idea
what Mel did in there.
The police woman takes Gina back to the now opened building
to see what her husband's little hobby is. When she sees the
horror that meets her eyes, she screams loud and long. It
seems that Mel Royal, her husband, is a particularly
nightmarish serial killer and, when the drunk driver plows
into Mel's securely locked workshop, there are no more
Everyone seems to think that Gina had a role in helping her
monstrous husband even though she is just as shocked as
everyone else. That did not stop her from being arrested and
tried in court of law for being an accessory. Eventually,
she is found to be not guilty of anything, but being back in
her home offers no peace. There are too many people who
believe she is guilty of at least knowing what Mel was
doing. That causes things like bricks to be thrown through
her window along with other attacks. Finally, she knows she
had to get herself and her kids away.
Gina has an anonymous connection online who helpa her get
new identities for herself and her kids as well as any money
needed. After moving many times and having to get new names,
Gina is now Gwen Proctor and she is somewhat of a badass.
She can fight as well as handle a gun as well as any
expert. They finally endd up at Stillhouse Lake where they
buy a house by the lake and start settling in. Things are
looking up for herself and her kids, yet someone knows where
they are and is trying to do their best at killing her.
If you are looking for a book to help you get to sleep,
STILLHOUSE LAKE is not that book. You will only wake up that
much more. Gwen Proctor is so much stronger than Gina Royal
had ever been. She has learned how to take care of herself
and she takes full advantage of that. It is a necessary part
of her life as she seems to have more and more people trying
to find her and end her life. On the other hand, there is an
anonymous someone who is having more fun torturing her
mentally and emotionally. Sure, Gwen is frightened but Ms.
Caine has written a woman who has learned to be a strong
person even when she is scared. She will go to the ends of
the earth to protect her children as well as herself.
STILLHOUSE LAKE is a true nail biter right up to the end. I
had a very hard time putting it down. If you enjoy a creepy,
stalker type of book featuring a strong woman; you cannot
miss this one. Rachel Caine has done it again with her
deeply thought out plots and adding in plenty of "jump out
of your skin" moments. Something else you might be
interested in knowing is that all things are not what they
seem in STILLHOUSE LAKE, and that makes the reading all the
more interesting. If this sounds like your kind of book, you
definitely need to pick up a copy for yourself today.
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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1 comment posted.
Re: The events surrounding STILLHOUSE LAKE will keep you up at night.
Wowsers! That's a set-up! Thanks for the review!
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:44pm August 5)
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