Stillhouse Lake – Rachel Caine [Review]

Stillhouse Lake coverBlurb: 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.



I absolutely loved Stillhouse Lake! I thought it was the perfect balance of action, family drama, and romance. This was a book I couldn’t put down. It kept me up at night. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gwen and her kids.

As soon as I finished this one, I jumped into reading the next book in the series, Killman Creek, which I got through Netgalley. Unfortunately, I got sidetracked and wasn’t able to finish the book. I hope to get back to reading it soon, because I love this series. Not only is Rachel Caine an excellent writer, the characters are so easy to like and relate to.

Before reading Stillhouse Lake, I never would have imagined that the family of a serial killer could be persecuted and stalked by people who strangely think they are to blame for what their relative, or in Gwen’s case her husband, did. Rachel Caine offered a fresh perspective that I never would have thought about. I found it fascinating and creepy. At first, I couldn’t believe that people would threaten innocent children who have nothing to do with a crime, but Caine convinced me of the people’s twisted minds.

Gwen is a great character. She tries really hard to balance her paranoia and justifiable overprotectiveness with the needs of her children. She’s also smart and has a lot of common sense. Although she is very suspicious of others, she has a good heart and wants to reach out to people. I loved watching her internal struggle as much as her external ones.

Do I Recommend?

If you like thrillers that get you emotionally invested in the possible victims, you should definitely read Stillhouse Lake. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Caine did an excellent job of creating tension, both in the main character’s family and from external forces. Although a few things seemed predictable, I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.

I give Stillhouse Lake 5 out of 5 stars!
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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