Series: Stillhouse Lake #2
Published by Thomas & Mercer on December 12th 2017
Genres: adult, mystery-thriller
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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 be-come 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 any-thing 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’ve decided I will read anything Rachel Caine writes. It’s not a hard decision, really. I’m in the middle of her Great Library series that I love so much. I started and enjoyed Morganville Vampires, but then I got tired of vampires, though I will return to it at some point because it was really good. And now this: it’s the first adult series of Rachel’s that I have read, but it’s probably my favorite thing that she has written.
I am not sure how long this series is; it may only be these two books because the end was mostly wrapped up quite nicely at the end of this book, though there was one thing that led me to believe that maybe the author had something else planned to torture this family, which I would be fine with, but I would also be fine with it ending here. That said, her characters were SO fantastic that I would almost hate to say goodbye to them after only two books.
I’ve decided NOT to review the first book, though I will put a little note here to say it was flipping awesome and I read it right before I read Killman Creek. I binged both of these books in about 48 hours because I was seriously so addicted. I didn’t watch TV, I didn’t play any games. I just read nonstop, pausing only to eat when I was hungry.
If you’re thinking of reading this series, you should know it’s violent and graphic, and about a particularly brutal serial killer that targets young women. He does all of this in the garage while his family sleeps and eats on the other side of the wall. The book has a very unsettling, uncomfortable, tone. The book is pretty realistic, though I do believe it crosses over and becomes a bit ridiculous at certain points. That said, it’s still really, really great. But it’s gory, and gross, and you should know in case it gets to be too much.
BEYOND THIS POINT THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR STILLHOUSE LAKE.
At the end of the first book, Melvin escaped from prison, so one by one the authorities are rounding up all the prison escapees, but not Melvin. In Stillhouse Lake, Gwen and her kids are hiding out from internet trolls an the surviving family members of Melvin’s victims. In this book, because Melvin has escaped, Gwen takes her kids to a safe house and goes on the hunt with Sam to find and bring Melvin to justice. Gwen is tired of being a victim, and she wants to kill Melvin, since he’ll keep finding ways of torturing her, even from behind bars.
I feel like there are even MORE twists and turns in this second installment than the first book. And the violence and brutality is kicked up even higher. It’s hard to believe that humanity could be THIS awful to each other, and it left me with a feeling of hopelessness and certain points, because yuck. Snuff films, the dark web, torture porn…there is some really gross shit in this book, so prepare yourself.
There’s someone that ends up being a bad person and I was kicking myself for not seeing it as I was reading. I was seriously soooo stupid when it came to this book. Usually I can figure things out, but I was just so, so engrossed in the story that I believe I overlooked some of the foreshadowing and almost obvious clues, but that’s a testament to how talented Rachal Caine is. I definitely want more books in this genre from her. She truly can write anything, but oh my god, this was fantastic.