Author: Rachel Caine
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Stillhouse Lake Book #2
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.
Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…
You’re not safe anywhere now.
Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.
But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.
I usually only read paranormal/fantasy/dystopian genres, but every once in a while an author I enjoy branches out and I like to give their new books a try. That is what happened when I read STILLHOUSE LAKE, book one in the Stillhouse Lake series. I loved it and when KILLMAN CREEK came up on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it and because I loved it I am sharing it with you.
KILLMAN CREEK gives us the added bonus of getting into some of the other characters heads with multiple POVs. It was easier to understand their emotions and thinking better and added another aspect to the story—even if I wanted to kick them in the head for some of the thinking they were doing.
Melvin has escaped from jail and on the hunt for Gwen and her children. The organization helping Melvin was so much bigger than I thought it would be and I was shocked with all that was revealed about it.
I was a little more emotional while reading KILLMAN CREEK than I was with book one and trust me, I was plenty emotional with STILLHOUSE LAKE. It was hard reading about Gwen's struggles. She was the bad guy quite a bit in the book when she shouldn't have been and my heart broke—like my heart hurt people!— with every word, accusation and emotion that was flung at her.
Again, KILLMAN CREEK is book two in a series and it is NOT paranormal or fantasy, but you should really give this series a shot. Things were wrapped up quite nicely at the end of book two, so I'm not quite sure where things will go in book three. It doesn't matter though because WOLFHUNTER RIVER is already on my wishlist.
I gave it 4/5 stars
* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.