Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine


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 review:

I had wanted to read this book for months now, so when I finally started it, it was no surprise that I devoured STILLHOUSE LAKE in less than two days. As some of my blogger friends said (check out Diana’s & Amy’s reviews), this was a thrilling book with elements from a variety of genres: psychological suspense, crime procedural and thriller.

This is the story of Gwen Proctor (previously Gina Royal), whose life completely changed when her husband was convicted and revealed to be a dangerous serial killer. I found this premise quite intriguing and while I don’t think this could’ve happened in real life, I found Gwen’s explanations quite convincing at first (not when she refused to leave Stillhouse Lake). She was a shy housewife whose life revolved around her marriage and kids and she never even considered that possibility. A few years later, Gwen has moved on and she and her kids have different names and are running from the stalkers and people who want to hurt her and the children.

I have to admit I always enjoy a good “start over” story where a woman is trying to find refuge in an apparently quiet and remote town after a traumatic incident. STILLHOUSE LAKE was no different. And sure, the book delivered what it promised: it was a quick read with a badass main character, completely addictive and filled with non-stop action during the last act. At the same time, it was a bit predictable in some parts (then again, I always suspect everyone, even the pet), but I was nevertheless entertained during the whole adventure.

I liked that the book ended the way it did and I will surely pick up the sequel when I’m the mood for a cat-and-mouse action thriller. I know from reading your reviews that it’s a very different kind of book, and to be honest, I find the change of genres refreshing.

Have you read this series? Would you have left Stillhouse Lake when things started to get dangerous? I sure would’ve… Let me know! 💙


26 thoughts on “Review: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine @rachelcaine

  1. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    Nice review, Annie and I love the cover on this one. Even without reading the book, I can confidently say, yes! I would have left Stillhouse Lake.


  2. Stephanie says:

    I’ve had this book since it was published and still haven’t read it! After your review, I’m moving it up my TBR! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I have the 2nd book too, so I guess I can read them back to back 🙂


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