by Rachel Caine
Stillhouse Lake is my first read by Rachel Caine and the best thriller I read in 2017. It is one I couldn’t put down and stayed up late to finish. It pulls you in from the first chapter with a very gruesome scene. The story follows the life of Gina Royal after her life is turned upside down when her husband, Melvin Royal’s, secret life as a serial killer is exposed. The killings happened right in her own garage, and much to the public and law enforcement’s disbelief, Gina really had no idea. Gina flees with her two children and changes her name to Gwen Proctor, going to great lengths to protect her children from internet trolls wanting revenge on Gwen and her children. The lengths people go to on the internet is downright nasty in this book. Gwen thinks they are safe and may have found a permanent home at Stillhouse Lake, when a body of a young woman shows up in the lake by their house, killed in the same style that Melvin used. Because of this Gwen and the kids’ real identities are discovered and Gwen is the prime suspect. This prompts Gwen to question their safety. Does Melvin know where they are? Have the internet trolls found them? The novel has a great, although terrifying, ending that also is a cliffhanger. The second book is just as good and was released this month!
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