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Stillhouse Lake

by Rachel Caine

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Series: Stillhouse Lake (1)

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An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.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.… (more)
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If you have a copy of Stillhouse Lake sitting on your TBR stack, don’t do what I did and let it keep slipping down the list. Read it now. It is fantastic.

Gwen used to be Gina, with a home, children, and a husband. Admittedly a husband who was a little bossy and needed his “alone time,” but they were happy. Not quite a perfect life, but pretty close. Until the day she comes home at a time she would normally be gone and finds a lot of commotion – policy activity – on her block. Activity that leads right to her garage where a car has gone out of control and broken through the wall - and interrupts her husband the serial killer in the middle of torturing a woman he has kidnapped. Not the first. Wow, can’t get a much bigger shock than that, can you? And nothing will ever be the same.

The police don’t believe Gina was as blissfully ignorant as she claims, but they have nothing to charge her with, so she’s free to get on with her life. What’s left of it. Because the general public doesn’t need proof to arrive at a guilty verdict and carry out a sentence, Gina and her children are trolled on the internet, threatened with physical violence in person and over the phone, and their home is vandalized. Freedom is subject to interpretation. So their life becomes going from town to town, job to job, school to school, and new identities to new identities. Nothing is permanent or normal, there is no future for her children other than just trying to make sure they survive.

The guilt and blame from the public are nothing compared to what Gwen puts on herself. How could she have been so blind; how could she have not known? How many of the deaths are her fault? How could she have let this monster in her life, in her arms, in her bed, let him hold her children?

But in the town of Stillhouse Lake they’ve kind of settled in. Until today, when a body is found in the lake and the threatening letters start arriving. That safe and secure help they thought they were getting? Maybe that helper has sold them out. Maybe her ex-husband has a very, very long reach from prison.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to analyze Stillhouse Lake and wonder how Gina the shy housewife could have become Gena the warrior mom. This book is propulsive, immersive, and exciting. Let it push you forward, pull you under, and suck you in. Go with it. Don’t think, just feel. When your heart stops pounding you’ll be glad you did.

I was sent a free book and am voluntarily leaving this honest review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Nov 19, 2022 |
Great thriller. On to book 2. ( )
  wincheryl | Jun 20, 2022 |
"Een unieke inkijk in het leven van zij die achterblijven na een gruwelijke daad van een familielid"
https://elinevandm.wordpress.com/2019/09/28/stillhouse-lake-van-rachel-caine-4/ ( )
  elinevandm | Mar 31, 2022 |
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Not vibing with this one ( )
  VeraBkLover | Dec 18, 2021 |
After been persecuted for months and being prosecuted as an accomplice to her serial killer husband, Gina Royal changes her name, takes her two children, and spends the next several months changing locations and names repeatedly to not only escape her husband's ability to track them from jail, but also get away from the people who will never believe that she is an innocent victim. After finally landing at Stillhouse Lake, Gina becomes Gwen Proctor and she finally thinks that she and her children may be able to settle in, make friends, and find a home, but her happiness is short-lived when a woman is found in the lake and has been killed in the same way as her husband's victims. Everything Gwen has done to try and protect her family falls apart when the opportunity to run passes and she becomes a murder suspect.

Stillhouse Lake is a very intense thriller brimming with suspense. Once it is revealed that there are new murder victims, it becomes obvious that this story is not going to end well for Gwen and her children. Viable suspects are presented throughout the book with enough information to ensure that it won't be clear who is involved until the very end of the book. The author does a good job of developing Gina/Gwen as another casualty of her husband's devious nature ala Hannibal Lecter, but we also see that she has taken steps to make herself stronger and a more capable protector of her children. Overall, Stillhouse Lake is a very suspenseful thriller with a psychological aspect that makes it hard to put down. 4 1/2 stars. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
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An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.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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