Title: Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
First published: 2017
Edition: Kindle e-book
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.
This is such a thrilling read and definitely one of the better ones in the genre that I have read, though to be fair I do not read that many!
I immediately felt connected to our main character Gina, or Gwen as she is now known was. I completely understood why she reacted to events the way she did. Her paranoia was completely understandable and clearly justified. Being a mother myself, her desire to protect her children at all costs rings true and the author manages to make every single aspect of her character believable.
The tension is sustained throughout this novel and like the main character I suspected pretty much every single character as being not quite what they seemed. I loved the fact that this novel made me feel as unsettled and nervous as the characters themselves. Besides, descriptions of serial killer Melvin Royal are absolutely spine chilling.
The novel ended on one hell of a cliffhanger and since I already had the next book in the series on my Kindle, I moved straight onto that one.
6 out of 7 stars