Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake

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 ...

Details Stillhouse Lake

TitleStillhouse Lake
Release DateJul 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages302 pages
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Stillhouse Lake

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Gina never asked about the garage. That thought would keep her awake every night for years after, pulsing hot against her eyelids. I should have asked. Should have known. But she'd never asked, she didn't know, and in the end, that was what destroyed her. This was my Kindle First pick for June. It's the first one I have actually read in awhile and have no idea which other books are my kindle first picks. Sigh... There were some things that I didn...
  • Katie Boone
    I chose Stillhouse Lake as my Kindle First book for June. There were two thriller options for this month's selections, and both looked interesting, so I used the preview option to read through the first few paragraphs. The deciding factor for me was that this book started in 3rd person, and the other one didn't (it was 1st person). As someone who believes that 1st person is a bit...overused...I decided to take a chance on Stillhouse Lake.Only to ...
  • Suzanne
    In general, I'm picky about endings. A bad ending can ruin the whole book for me. But a good ending can definitely sell me the next book.However, a blatant cliffhanger attempt to sell me the next book is what we have here, and it left me really not wanting to ever read anything by this author again.But this is something I've seen before, and I just realized I'd seen it with this same publisher. Could it be that the editors are forcing the writers...
  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    What a great book. From the prologue to the last page your riveted to the story. This is a true psychological thriller. Definition of that is - Psychological thriller is a fictional thriller story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states. There is a dissolving sense of reality, moral ambiguity, and complex and tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. Melvin Royal is a se...
  • Christine Lowe
    Great Read!This is my pick from the Kindle First June selection. My first reaction is WOW! Great opening scene, having Gina and her two young children in the car, unable to return home because their street is blocked by emergency vehicles. The children are scared when a policeman pulls their mom out the car. She's confused because there's a car smashed into their garage and the police are treating her like the criminal. When Gina sees the naked w...
  • Michele Evans
    Holy @#%€!!!Wow! This book had me hooked from line one. And to end it with such a dang cliffhanger- OMG!! How long am I going to have to wait to read the rest!!!??? I love this author's other works but this is the first suspense novel I've read that she's written and I have to say - the woman is extremely gifted.The story tells about the backlash of a woman who had no idea her husband, the father of her two children, was a sociopathic monster. ...
  • Cari
    Stillhouse Lake was my Kindle First selection for June. This book not only had me up all night last night reading, but it also instilled in me a pretty strong urge to constantly look over my shoulder. I'm a pretty anxious, jumpy person in general, but Gina's nightmarish story really had me feeling a fair share of paranoia. I'm usually not the type to really get into murder mysteries; however, this offered a unique spin as it followed the wife and...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    3.5 STARS A pretty good Kindle First pick. I would have rated it higher than 3.5 stars but for the ridiculous ending. I'm guessing there will be another book where Gina/Gwen gets her ultimate showdown, but I'm not sure I'll read it.What was great about the book was the tension. It was constant, I was anxious almost the whole time I was reading it (much like Gwen). The subject matter made me think of the BTK killer (also from Kansas), seemingly no...
  • Christina
    Gut wrenching story, could not put it down!!Picked this book for my Kindle First choice, and it blew me away! The author grips you by the lapels of your shirt and doesn't let go until the very last word. Phew, what a ride!! Loved loved loved her imagery, her hair-raising plot, and above all, loved her fabulous characters beginning with Gina's incredible metamorphosis into Gwen. Gwen is a stunningly beautiful blend of fierce mamma love and protect...
  • Summer
    Great psychological thrillerI thoroughly enjoyed this book. I generally only read romance, but the summary on this book intrigued me. It kept me on my toes even though I picked up on the villain early on. It really is a book more about the evolution and empowerment of the the lead character. Very I am woman hear me roar. I cannot wait to read the next book and how she will continue to kick ass. I have a feeling the kids will have more pro-active ...
  • Suze
    STILLHOUSE LAKEThis was my Kindle First pick for June, and it is exactly what it claims to be - a psychological thriller. Gwen (or Gina) has moved her family several times trying to escape the people (and her husband-in prison) who want to hurt them. She's gone from naive wife of a serial killer to a gun toting, over-protective mother running for her life. The story is very realistic, you can feel their fear and worry for their safety. There are ...
  • Miranda
    I don't know what to say about this book. I did like it. But I did skip paragraphs because they just weren't important. Also I don't know if I've read too many mysteries, if it was supposed to be obvious, or the author just didn't do a great job at hiding the killer and the accomplice. I knew as soon as both stepped onto the page what was what. And the husband ending. Overall I liked it. The ending was still exciting even though I knew what was g...
  • Cherita & Aafaq Md
    Wow wow wow!This is such a great book!! I hate first person povs but I totally forgot this book was one-that's how awesome it is. Lots of twists, lots of excitement! So glad I kept reading 😁. Seriously, I stayed up all night to read it. The protagonist is a bada$$. Character development is spot on-I really cared about these people. And hated a few 😉. You really need to read this book!
  • Bookphile
    This may be my favorite Kindle First book.Very suspenseful, and kept me turning pages. This probably goes without saying, given the description, but the subject matter is dark, so there is some disturbing content. I thought Caine did a good job illustrating what Gina/Gwen's internal dialog would look like, and the relationship between her and her children was well done. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book.
  • Caz
    Read for the category : The first book in a series you haven't read before. I really liked this book, I actually didn't want to put it down. I was gripped from start to finish, the story completely sucked me in and it was constant the whole way through. This is completely different from other books I've read by this author and it shows how well she can write different genres. Great book, bring on the next!
  • Sara Busbee
    Stillhouse Lake is exactly what you would expect from a psychological thriller. It's not the next great novel of our time or anything, but I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. It was a fun and exciting read.ETA: I forgot, the one thing I did not like about this book was the dumb ending. (view spoiler)[ Why couldn't this have just been a standalone novel? I was annoyed about the obvious set-up for another one. Books like this should ...
  • Stephen
    Recommended. Received via Kindle First. Recommended. Excellent page turner. Tight plot. Believable characters. Strong mother survives a wretched marriage to a sociopath. She's on the run with a new identity. Just enough internet and social network details to make it currently relevant.
  • Allison
    Clear your schedule......because you won't be able to out this down once you start. The characters are great, the storyline is great. Especially if you're a parent, you really grasp her love for her children. My only complaint is the ending. It just...ended! Quickly and questionably, I really didn't like that part. But overall a great book.
  • Mindy
    I got this book as an Amazon First read. It was very suspenseful and I could not figure out who-done-it, which in my opinion is good and keeps me on the edge of my seat reading. The ending leaves room for a sequel and I will definitely read it when it comes out. I recommend this book if you're looking for a thriller!
  • Carolyn
    Read it in one sitting!I'm not lying when I say that I've never talked back to a book this much. I swore and exclaimed throughout the whole thing! I'm a very willing reader and I got swept up in all the possible bad guys and options for it to turn out so so badly. Fun tense read.
  • Leslie
    I read it in one dayI simply could not put this down. So well written, and what a pace. The twists and turns of the plot! I don't know how anyone could have Gwen's strength! I am hoping for a sequel.
  • Sally
    That was a GOOD read. Sad & Frustrating....but keeps you on your toes. Some parts I kinda figured out before the reveal but there were some good surprises. Very fast paced read. there is a good ending however it can be open for a part II.
  • Alana Haase
    I was up till after 2am to finish this one, could NOT put it down. A roller coaster ride that has left me gasping for more! This was one of the best written books of this genre I have read in years, the suspense dripped off the pages and the characters feel like family. Loved it!
  • Layla
    Fast paced, different twist on serial killer/detective trope, and highly suspenseful. Ending has a bit of a cliffhanger but I don't need everything tied up in a nice neat package. If there ends up being a part 2, I'll read it.
  • wendy kay glanzer
    Good readIt kept my attention from the beginning! Some of the plot was a little predictable, but not too much. Love the strong lead character, and can't wait to see how the rest plays out.
  • Cyndi K Court
    MAMA BEAR ON HIGH ALERT !!Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Please tell me there is a sequel in the works!A must read for sure.
  • Dave DiGiacomo
    Entertaining, but with flawsA page turner for sure, and a quick, but entertaining read, though the story feels a bit redundant and heavy handed in plot at times.
  • Cynthia
    Couldn't put the t down.Knew who was bad not too far in, but just couldn't stop reading. Had to make sure I was right and that they survived.
  • Melita Taylor
    I really enjoyed this book. It's a very different perspective and really draws you in. I don't really want to say anything else as any detail will act as a spoiler.
  • Kathy
    Great book!!I love a book that keeps me guessing and this one really did. I hope to read more by her in the future. What a storyline!