Killman Creek

Killman Creek

by Rachel Caine


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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 become 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 anything 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542046411
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Series: Stillhouse Lake Series , #2
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 63,020
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the Stillhouse Lake series, the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series, and The Great Library young adult series. She has written suspense, mystery, par-anormal suspense, urban fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal young adult fiction. Rachel lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, artist/actor/comic historian R. Cat Conrad, in a gently creepy house full of books.

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Killman Creek 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
shedevilmx88 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. I was so glad I bought the Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek at the same time due to the first book ending in a cliffhanger. The first book is told by Gina/Gwen's point of view. However, the second book is told by multiple characters points of view. I really enjoyed this change because you could immerse yourself in every character. I absolutely loved this book and can not wait for Wolfhunter River to be released on March 26, 2019.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Gwen Proctor and her children, are on the run. When her husband escaped from prison,she receives a message that has her running again. Her new identity has been leaked and she decides it is time to go on the offensive. With the help of Sam, she leaves her two children with two people she can trust and goes hunting Melvin. But Melvin isn't the only danger. Someone is playing a very intricate game designed to destroy her entire life and make those closest to her believe she is guilty. The big question is, Who is Absolom? Killman Creek is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series. The first book is excellent and ends in a cliff hanger, so I really wanted to find out what happened next. This story was different, it was told from various points of view (Gwen, Sam, Lanny, Connor and Sam Cade) and did not have the same suspense feel to it. I enjoyed the story, but not as much as the first in the series. Gwen's POV makes up the majority of the story, but you get to see how the people closest to her feel about the situation. I liked this difference as it helped develop the plot for me. I also listened to this book and the various voice actors used for each POV added to the enjoyment of the story. The story was well-paced, with the suspense building until the satisfying end. It was nice to have some closure regarding Melvin, he was such a terrible person. There were a lot of issues involving the kids and others who seemed to turn on Gwen during this story that were not really dealt with, but there were reasons about why they did what they did given in the story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see where the author is going to take this story. If you enjoy suspense, thrillers, some creepy characters and a strong female character, pick up the Stillhouse Lake series.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Gwen had thought that she and her kids were safe. But this Melvin’s escape from prison and his chilling note to her. Gwen knows that no one will ever be safe again as long as Melvin is still breathing. Let the hunt begin. Killman Creek picks up were Stillhouse Lake left off (you need to read Stillhouse Lake first. That is a must). Ms. Caine’s second installment in this series was great! We know from book one that Gwen is one tough cookie, but in Killman Creek we learn to what lengths she will go to protect her kids. I am very excited that there will be a third installment in this series. I hope that by the end Gwen and her family will find a little bit of peace. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was really good. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book in the series but I still liked it better than most books I pick up. After the events of the previous books, I was really eager to read more of Gwen's story. Once I started listening to this audiobook, I found myself totally immersed in the story because if I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. I really ended up enjoying this installment in the series. The biggest difference between this book and the previous one is that this book is told from several points of view. The first book was told entirely from Gwen's perspective so I kind of expected this to do the same. I ended up really liking the fact that the author decided to mix things up a bit in this book by using not only Gwen's point of view but also including each of her children and Sam in the mix. This was really a different kind of story and I think that having the other perspectives made the doubts between the characters feel much more realistic. I found much of this book frightening to think about. Of course, the thought of being married to someone that turns out to be a serial killer is scary but this book went beyond that. I haven't really considered how technology could be used against an individual and how helpless anyone is to stop it from happening. I know that a lot of bad things happen online so the descriptions of the dark web in this story were hard to think about. I was happy to see all of the key players from the first book back for this installment. It was nice to get to spend a little bit of time in the heads of Lanny, Connor, and Sam. Lanny and Connor have been through a lot and have been changed by things outside of their control. I would expect them to have mixed feelings about a lot of things so it was nice to get to really see what they were thinking. There were times in this book that I didn't care for some of the things Sam was doing or thinking but I understood his doubt. I liked that this book used four different narrators to tell the story. Each narrator handled all of the chapters told from their character's point of view and I think that they all did a great job representing their character. I thought that they each brought a lot of emotion to the story and each had a very pleasant speaking voice. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more from any of the four narrators that worked on this book. I would recommend this book to others. This is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series which I think is best read in order. This book did come to a very satisfying conclusion and I am looking forward to reading more in the series as soon as it is available.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
Gwen Proctor is a new person ever since she was acquitted of helping her husband, Melvin Royal, murder women. She changed her name and went on the run from internet weirdos trying to locate and do harm to her and her children. Some people believe she did help her serial killer husband, so she feels unsafe everywhere they some wacko could appear out of nowhere at any time. Then her husband escapes from prison, and she discovers that her new identity was never secure. She leaves her two children with two people she can trust and goes hunting Melvin. But Melvin isn't the only danger. Someone is playing a very intricate game designed to destroy her entire life and make those closest to her believe she is guilty. Killman Creek is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series. The first book is excellent and ends in a cliff hanger, so I jumped into this second book almost immediately. This one has a bit of a different feel to it. This time the story line changes point of view, switching from the kids, to Gwen, to her friend Sam, and others. Gwen is the point of view used for a majority of the story, but you get a taste of how the people closest to her feel about the situation. I didn't really like the switch ups, but given some of the major plot points with people wondering if she's a murderer and liar, it did help further the plot. I think most of my problem with it was the sections involving the kids. Some of their dialogue and actions almost turned this book into more of a melodramatic, YA-like emotional rant. I have to admit that as I listened to the audiobook, I fast forwarded past some of the teenage angst. It interfered with the suspense and went on too long. I get it -- their dad is a killer, they are tired of moving, and they think their mom may have helped him. But 20 minutes of childish rants and stupid decisions just pulled me out of the story for too long and some of their decisions were just over-the-top ridiculous. BUT....I will add that once the action turned to moving towards the final conclusion of this story, every point of view was necessary, and the switchups redeemed themselves, adding to the suspense at that point rather than making me roll my eyes. Don't get me wrong -- this is a great book and I enjoyed it. I just felt some of the sections using the kids' POV just went on too long and were just a bit too cheesy melodramatic. The pace (except in a couple spots where it got bogged down in the kiddos stuff) moves along at a good speed, the suspense builds nicely, and the ending was satisfying for the most part. I did hope for a bit more Melvin -- but I was happy enough at how the story ends. I think there were some actions by other characters that Gwen accepted and forgave a bit too easily, especially a couple choices by Sam and her kids. The ending seemed a bit too smooth with Gwen never really confronting some things done by those closest to her. I listened to the audiobook version of this story. At just under 12 hours long, the audio version had voice actors for the different main characters and was very well done. I have hearing loss but was easily able to hear and understand the entire production. It took me a bit to get used to a couple of the voices, but I was able to immerse myself in the story. Another book in this series, Wolfhunter River, is coming out in October 2018. Not sure what the plot might be for this next book, but I will definitely be reading it! Excellent series!
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
This installment of the Stillhouse Lake trilogy was such a good sequel to book one. It was full of even more twists - if possible and really kept one wondering exactly what side certain characters were on. I couldn't even imagine the path that the author followed in telling the story of Gwen and her battle to escape Melvin, her ex-husband serial killer. This book didn't just live up to my expectations for the sequel --- it surpassed them. Anxiously awaiting the third book to see what happens next. After reading the first book in 2017 and loving it, I was happy and thankful to receive an eARC copy from the publisher of this book. Here is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gwen Proctor will do whatever it takes to keep Melvin Royal he ex-husband and serial killer away from her children. Melvin's escape from prison has forced Gwen to make the decision to run once again or stand her ground. With the help of Sam Cade she decides to hunt down Melvin and put an end to his sick games but Melvin has other plans for his family. Killman Creek is the action packed second novel in the Stillhouse Lake series. This one picks up right where Stillhouse Lake left off with the escape of Melvin Royal. This is a fantastic series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In this second novel the author transitions POV's between Gwen, Sam, Lanny, and Connor so we get more insight into Sam and the kid’s emotional states. This is one of the best series I have read in quite a while and I can't wait for the third novel to release this fall.
Marta Cox More than 1 year ago
This book takes up the story shortly after the events that happened in Stillhouse Lake. Gwen has reinvented herself but the shadow of her murderous ex husband Melvin Royal looms over her. As he has recently escaped prison Gwen knows that she and her two children will definitely be targeted by him so she's a woman on a mission, one that involves hunting and killing Melvin Royal ! This book features multiple points of view so if you choose to buy it as an audio book it's worth pointing out . That having been said I really liked that it enabled the reader to gain a much closer understanding of how the various characters felt and indeed the added insights really fleshed things out. Gwen is allied with Sam for much of this story but those who have previously helped Melvin are still out there and this story takes a turn I really didn't see coming. Its important to remember that Sam is the brother of Melvins last victim and like so many others he struggles to believe that Gwen really never knew what her husband got up to. Gwen shines so bright throughout this book and she is most definitely not the put upon submissive housewife that she used to be. Gwen is at heart a saviour, a woman who will go the extra mile to protect others and as this story ends there is a resolution but I hear talk of a third book so I am really curious as to how the author will add to this. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a super chilling suspense story, this is the book for you. Author Rachel Caine has written a powerful, riveting thriller with lots of suspense. In this story there is lots of action and surprises. There's also lots of evil. Rachel Caine's excellent descriptions and writing style paint a vivid picture where I could almost smell the evil, hear the evil and feel the evil. I also read the first book in this series, Stillhouse Lake which I feel is necessary to appreciate and follow everything that occurs in Killman Creek. Stillhouse Lake is also a superb and well-written thriller. I highly recommend both books. I voluntarily read an ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
WOW! Killman Creek is a high energy, intense, psychological thriller that will take you through a maze and keep you guessing. Poor Gwen can’t catch a break. She finds out that there are people even worse than her ex out there. I never want to be a Rachel Caine character but I sure love reading about them.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Melvin Royal is back. And he is batshit crazy. Everything gets worse when some videos show up, supposedly prove of Gwen’s guilt. Someone says she not only knew about the victims in her garage, she also helped her husband in kilning them. And she didn’t do it..... Or did she? Gwen desperately wants, needs her kids and Sam to believe in her innocence. But when everyone turns their back on her she knows it’s up to her to get to Melvin and make sure he’s gone forever. This was a rollercoaster ride just after my liking. I couldn’t stop reading, wanted to scream to Connor to stop doing that, wanted to shake some sense into Lanny and I really wanted to throttle Sam. This book isn’t for sensible readers, but if your up for a thrilling ride, that makes you doubt everything you know - this is the book for you! Highly recommended! I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer!