Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1) by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

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 (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

TitleStillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)
Release DateJul 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

  • Emily May
    In the morning, there's another girl floating dead in the lake. Easily one of the better mystery/thrillers I've read this year. After disappointments from old favourites with Since We Fell and newly-hyped thrillers like Final Girls, I managed to find a really creepy, suspenseful story from an author who has always been a bit hit and miss for me.The book starts with a very dramatic and gruesomely exciting opening chapter. I've grown to appreciate ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Reread with For Love Of A Book 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. There were some things that I didn't totally like in the book, but for the most part it was really good! **Mild Spoilers**It's been a few years now and Gina is no...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be found at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Ive been trying to stay away from reading any new series until I finish the ones Ive already started. However, Ive been seeing Stillhouse Lake pop up everywhere lately, and after reading the description and a few reviews, I had to admit, I was intrigued. I decided I had to read it... and Im really glad I did.Normally, Gina Royal is home at three in the afternoon, but her hus...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    This was exciting from beginning to end! I love this spin on the typical serial killer thriller; here, we see the focus on the family the monster left behind. My nerves constantly ramped up as the tension grew; this was compulsive reading at its finest and I'm so glad I was able to snag this with my Kindle Unlimited membership. I was a bit surprised to see so many typos and formatting issues though; I don't read enough finished ebook copies to kn...
  • Meredith
    Creepy and chock full of tension!Stillhouse Lake is a riveting psychological thriller about a woman on the run from her past who must confront her worst nightmare when she is targeted in a murder scheme. Lets just say that Gina Royal is not the best at choosing men. After discovering what her husband was doing behind closed doors, she moves with her children to rural Stillhouse Lake, Tennessee and adopts a new identity. But her past soon begins ...
  • Carol
    This is probably one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a while. It had me questioning myself at every twist and turn. I was literally on the edge of my seat during the last three-quarters of the book. I could even feel the paranoia of the main character. Totally messed with my mind!!
  • RedemptionDenied
    Update: 13/3/18. This is currently on offer: 0.99p in the UK, $0.99 in the US (I think) - and $2.99 in Canada. It's the same price for Killman Creek, too! Loved. This. Book.Damn. This ends with cliffhanger that I didn't see coming, though I probably should have. I feel like doing a reread, already. The story is told in the first and third person perspectives - though, the third person is for the prologue, then it switches to (Gina/Gwen's) first p...
  • Larry H
    Stillhouse Lake is a great book. I mean, stay-up-until-2:00-a.m.-to-finish-it great. I read the whole thing in just a few hours, and my heart was pounding pretty fast for a while afterward!"I'm glad I've escaped a hell I had hardly even recognized when I was burning in it. Glad that I've pulled the kids out, too."Gina Royal had your typical, everyday life. Her marriage to her husband Mel had its ups and downs, but for the most part, they were hap...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    4.5, PSA: if your partner has a secret room burn it TO THE GROUND stars!!! Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!!!Gina Royal is a good wife. She is an exceptional mother. She takes care of house and home like a juggernaut doing what society, and her husband has told her is her most important job, to the detriment of her own well-being. She loves her children with everything she has, and while her marriage has its hiccups and that pr...
  • Julie
    Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine is a 2017 Thomas & Mercer publication. Super intense thrill ride! Gina Proctor is a nice, quiet person, married with two kids, living a perfectly normal, perfectly mundane life- until a fluke car accident outs her husband as a serial killing monster. Now Gina has transformed herself into Gwen Proctor- a confident single mother who hangs out at the shooting range in her free time. Gwen relocates her family to Stillh...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Stars!Chilling, Thrilling and Wholly Satisfying.Imagine waking up one day to find out that you dont know the man you are married to. Worse yet, that he is a monster. And whats even more horrifying? That you will never be safe after what he has done. This is the story of Stillhouse Lake - and boy is it one helluva ride. On the day that Gina Royal comes home to find that a car has smashed into the garage, her life literally comes crashing down be...
  • Liz
    What a fascinating premise! A story told from the perspective of a serial killers wife. Told after he is discovered, she and her family have had to go into hiding, changing their identities. Dealing with the trolls who want to punish them for her husbands crimes. And she still struggles with how she never knew. This is so well done. Theres a great level of suspense and tension throughout the book. A real creepiness factor. Its really rare for me ...
  • Lisa
    I am sorry guys but this did nothing for me I DNF at 40% the premise started out fast paced easily read but for me just nothing was going on the beginning was a good start but by the time Gwen had moved to Stillwater Lake it slowed somewhat which bored me there was too much explanation & not enough movement. The characters were likeable but flawed.It was a shame really as I had high hopes for this series again I am in the minority but so be it I ...
  • Holly B
    A breakneck pace and lots of serial killer chills!I'm not a huge fan of serial killer reads, but with so many great reviews I purchased this one and read it straight through leaving all my other reads languishing until I finished!Gina Royal is a shy housewife with two children she dotes on. She was living a normal life( so she thought) until one day she was confronted with her husbands "other" life and is forced to change her name and power up in...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    3.5 starsImagine coming home with your kids one day and finding your garage smashed in by a drunk driver. Then even worse, finding out that your husband has been using that garage as a little chop 'em up shop.Complete with dead body. That's what happens to Gina Royal. The bad thing is? She lived with this dude and had two children by him and never knew that he was one of the most prolific serial killers around. Gina is also arrested and tried as...
  • Theresa Alan
    Two warnings before you begin this taut thriller: It ends on a cliffhanger (book two is available and there is a third book not yet out), and there is a degree of graphic detail about women who are tortured before they are killed.Gina Royal thinks shes living a wonderful, suburban life with a loving husband and two great kids. Then she comes home one day to a street clogged with police cars and ambulances. A car accident has revealed that her hus...
  • KAS
    Gwen gets through each day one minute at a time. She cannot plan for the future. She must, at all times, live by the following rules: Never let your guard downTrust no onePrepare to flee with your children at any given moment While I went into this one blind, I was somehow expecting a real thriller, which IMHO was not. But it was definitely an entertaining, suspenseful listen. Of course I also didnt know it would end on a slight cliffhanger. It i...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    4 Stars for Stillhouse Lake Gina never asked about the garage. That thought would keep her awake every night for years after. I should have asked. Should have known. But she's never asked, she didn't know, and in the end, that was what destroyed her. And so the story begins.....I was in the mood for an engrossing thriller and this turned out to be exactly that, making it one of the best thrillers I've read this year! Though she starts off weak ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Review to come post Reading Rush!
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    3.5 stars. Chilling. Mysterious. Dark. Suspenseful. Eerie. Engrossing.Gwen Proctor hasnt always been Gwen Proctor. She used to be Gina Royal. Gina Royal was a quiet stay at home mother of two beautiful children who came home one day to find out her husband of nine years was a serial killer. Years later, she is living miles away in a house on the edge of Stillhouse Lake, she and her children having taken on new identities. One day, a body mirrorin...
  • R.K. Gold
    I finally finished this book. It's been on my currently reading shelf for a month, and I think I read four other books in the time it took me to read this short thriller, but it's finally done. Okay, thoughts-- if it wasn't for the final forty pages I think I would've given this book 2 stars. I can see why this book is popular, and would not sway anyone away from reading it, but there was just so many small things in this story that just kept dis...
  • Krystin Rachel
    Book Blog | BookstagramAfter reading this I am going to be on high alert-code orange, for any signs my darling husband is a deranged serial killer.I mean, he has a serious deep-rooted hate for bunnies, so thats got to be red flag number one. All I need now is to find a locked room in our house that Im never allowed to go in, and its all but basically confirmed. Im going to have to kill him.But well cross that bridge when we get to it.Stillhouse L...
  • Tulay
    Psychological thriller.Started with accident, drunk driver destroyed the garage of serial killer Melvin Royal. Did gruesome killings there. Fooled his wife and kids for years, now they are on the run from people that didn't believe the fact they didn't know what he was doing in that garage. Changing names, schools. Wife Gina always prepared to move if they are discovered. This unstable emotional state taking a toll on all of them. Parts gets litt...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Five extremely intense stars!!!Cannot even imagine being married to a serial killer.... how could you not question your judgment from that point on? How could you ever trust anybody else again? How could you ever feel safe?The author did an absolutely amazing job of putting you in Gina/Gwens head for the duration of this book.... I felt just as paranoid and on edge as Gina/Gwen did.... this book was extremely hard to put down, I just needed to kn...
  • Sarah Joint
    Quick, gripping read with a premise unlike anything else I'd ever read. I grew to love the main character as the book went on, even after being initially put off by her. The younger characters were realistically flawed and likeable. While I did manage to guess a bit of what was really going on, it was a wild and enjoyable ride. I'm definitely going to be watching out for the next in the series, which is released in December.Gwen Proctor underwent...
  • Sheri
    A fast-paced and intense psychological thriller. Pulls you right in and doesn't let go. Who can be trusted? Is there anywhere that is safe? I loved how strong and fierce Gwen was. She can definitely hold her own. Others are often destroyed by all that she has gone through. Had me thinking about what life is like for those left behind after a crime -- both the perpetrator's and the victim's families. The ending sets you up perfectly for book two i...
  • Ines
    I immediately say that I loved the book and my rating is on a 3.80*I like books where from the very first pages you are taken with a noose neck of anxiety and tension and you can not do anything but turn endlessly the pages to discover the unfolding of the plot... This book has just about everything of this kind, a woman in one piece who finds herself catapulted into a chasm of pain and violence caused by her husband a real serial killer,. Gina/G...
  • Jonetta
    Imagine coming home one afternoon after a normal, typical day and having your life turned inside out, upside down in a second. Well, thats what happened to Gwen Proctor, formerly known as Gina Royal, the identity she had to give up so she and her two children, Lanny and Connor (also new names) could survive. A freak accident exposed her now ex-husband Mel Royal as a brutal serial killer and the court of public opinion viewed Gwen as an accomplice...
  • Zoeytron
    What's in your garage?  Vehicles, auxiliary fridge, access to the furnace?  Seems normal enough, at least that's what is in my garage.  But let's say your garage has been converted into a workshop with access limited to an outside door.  And what if that outside entrance is kept locked?  Just what could your spouse be tinkering around with in there?  Hmmm?Stillhouse Lake in Tennessee.  Sounds tranquil enough, but Gwen Proctor's carefully m...
  • Katie
    This was such an entertaining exploration into the idea of "not knowing who you married." Warning though - VERY gory and unsettling. We know that doesn't bother me, but I wanted to give you all a heads up. Video review: