Stillhouse Lake

Stillhouse Lake

by Rachel Caine


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477848661
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Stillhouse Lake Series , #1
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 22,765
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires and The Great Library young adult series. She’s written suspense, mystery, paranormal suspense, urban fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal young adult fiction. Caine and her husband, award-winning artist, comic historian, and actor R. Cat Conrad, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Stillhouse Lake 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine is the first book in the Stillhouse Lake series. Gina Royal arrives home with her two kids to find the police in her home. The police discovered a body hanging in her husband’s workshop after a car accidentally ran into it. Gina’s husband, Melvin is a serial killer and Gina had no clue. Gina has changed her name to Gwen Proctor and moved her kids to Norton, Tennessee. They have a home on Stillhouse Lake and Gwen is hoping to get their lives back on track. They have had a rough time with stalkers and internet trolls who do not believe in Gina’s innocence. One morning a jogger finds a body in the lake and it was disposed of in the same manner as Melvin’s other victims. Then she receives a threatening letter from Melvin. Gwen, Lanny, and Connor are plunged into another nightmare and it is up to Gwen to save them from a deadly killer. Stillhouse Lake starts off with an intriguing beginning. I was captured by the body in the garage. Would you never go into your husband’s workshop? With my curiosity, I would have been inside in no time (and then gone before the guy returned home from work). Then it moves to Stillhouse Lake and the pace slows down considerably. The action only ramps up in the last 10% of the book. I wanted a novel full of twists and turns with an outcome that would surprise me. Figuring out who is behind the killings is child’s play. There was no suspense (for me). We are subjected to many pages of how Gina/Gwen is protecting her family (she made one glaring mistake). The internal dialogue gets monotonous after a while. The numerous precautions she has put into place, her hypervigilance, and multiple identities. It is shame that we do live in such a cruel world. I can imagine people posting horrible things online believing themselves to be anonymous. The book ends with a cliffhanger ending leaving readers to wait until Killman Creek is released. I am not interested enough to continue with the series.
shedevilmx88 More than 1 year ago
This book was a genre change for me but I love Rachel Caine and had to give it a try and I absolutely loved it. I didn't want to put the book down until it was finished. The story is about a woman who is married to a sadistic serial killer and had no idea until a car went through their garage. The story follows the family as they try to escape their past. I had to get through the first couple chapters to really emerge myself into the story but I am so happy I pushed through.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 1/2 Stillhouse Lake is a great book. It started a tad but slow but there is a lot of back story that had to be covered. But once the book got going it was filled with lots of twists and turns to keep us guess as to who and what was next. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next book. As Stillhouse Lake ended leaving me with a lot of unanswered questions. Make sure you read this book before you pick up book 2!! 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.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
Wow - this was such an intense ride and left me beyond ready to get my hands on the second book when I finished. If I had a copy of the second book ready and waiting for me - I'm 90% certain that I would have picked it up and continued on. I enjoyed this book that much and wanted to see what was going to happen next! This book was non-stop when it came to pacing. The author creates this suspenseful and thrilling atmosphere from the very beginning and that feeling didn't end until the very last page of the book. I literally could not stop reading this one because from very early on I became attached to Gwen and her kids. As a mother she is doing all that she can to protect them - protecting them from the twisted legacy that their father has now left them and also protecting them from the public who may want retribution for the horror their father caused. I almost felt that Gwen was paranoid at times and then their were other times when I realized she clearly wasn't. You didn't know who she could trust while reading this book which really helped add to the layer of tension that Caine had already created. I cannot put into words how intense I found this book and how hard it was for me to put down! I believe I read this in two days but really I read the majority of it all in one day. I just could not stop reading! There were a few things I guessed but so many others that I did not. I especially liked the ending because there was enough closure while also clearly setting things up for the next book. I am so excited that I have the next book to look forward to!!! Overall I really, really enjoyed my time with this suspenseful read which I'm sure you can tell from all of the gushing above. If I gave ratings I would easily give this one five stars based off of intensity alone. It was just so good! I've read this author before - she has an urban fantasy series that I've read a few books from (and enjoyed) but I really feel like she has hit her stride with this series. I hope that she continues to dip her hand in the mystery/thriller waters because I want more books just like this! I can easily recommend this book to fans of suspense and thrillers. I will give you the warning that you may want to have the second book ready to read as well. I sure wished that I did after finishing this one! Highly recommended! Bottom Line: A five star read for me - enough said! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. Thoughts are my own.
Valerian70 More than 1 year ago
I have read Rachel Caine before (The Morganville Vampire Series) so when I saw a thriller series penned by her I thought it would be worth a look at. I already know she can write believable characters and spin a rich fantasy world so was intrigued to see how she would handle this genre. In a lot of ways this is everything I dislike about the Thriller genre and found it quite hard to get in to. It only really kicked in to gear and held my attention after about the 5th Chapter and then I can honestly say I was hooked. For once we are spared the multiple viewpoints and the investigation of a series of grisly murders. These have already happened and Gina Royal has been plunged in to a living hell and is on the run with her children. She is not on the run from the police, she is on the run from something far more sinister - the Social Media Court of The Vigilante who have decided that she was her serial killer husband's helpmeet and just as guilty as him. For her court appointed freedom she must be made to pay. Maybe I am naive but I found the descriptions of the hatred outpoured online to Gina and her family a tad unbelievable. Maybe I just want to believe that human nature is basically good and that after being acquitted at her trial nobody would hound someone in this way. Maybe I'm wrong but I really, really hope I'm right and that nobody has to go through what Gina and her children experience at the hands of anonymous members of Joe Public. The plot is very strong and unfolds at a natural pace and the snapshots of normal, mundane life work beautifully You would think reading about reroofing a house and building a deck would slow the action down wouldn't you. Instead they give you pause and a hope for normality for the family, they also (in a very peculiar way) ratchet up the tension of the storyline. The characterisations of the Royal family are well wrought and you can feel just how torn Gina is between protecting her children from the hate and allowing them to have normal lives and you do empathise with the lengths she has (and will) go to to protect them. Proper Momma-Bear behaviour going on here. I was becoming disenchanted with the Thriller genre as the recent books I have read all seemed to be made from the same recipe book. This book has reinvigorated my interest and I thoroughly enjoyed it once I struggled past the early chapters. I do have the second book in the series but am holding off as the third installment isn't due until December 2018 so I need to pace myself here.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was so good! This is only the second book by Rachel Caine that I have read so while I had heard it was good, I didn't really know what to expect. This book ended up being fantastic listen. I was hooked by the story from the very beginning. When I wasn't listening to this book, I was thinking about it. Could this really happen? How well do we really know those people around us? My husband and I had a couple of conversations about it. In other words, this book really stayed with me throughout my day. I listened to it pretty quickly and really enjoyed the story it told. At the beginning of the book, we meet Gina. Gina is just a mom picking up her kids on a completely normal day. The day doesn't stay normal. When she returns home with her kids, she finds that a driver has crashed into her garage and police are all over the place. Gina doesn't understand why she is being treated like a criminal since she is obviously the victim in this situation. Gina had no idea what kind of secrets her husband was keeping inside of that garage. Fast forward a few years, Gina is now Gwen and her ex-husband is in jail. She is no longer the same person. She is a fighter and has learned to take care of herself and her kids. Gwen and her kids have had to move around a lot in order to stay safe and avoid being recognized. They have a little house at Stillhouse Lake and hope to stay put for at least a little while. They start making connections and things seem different here until a body is discovered in the lake. I liked Gwen a lot. She has had to overcome a whole lot to get to the point she is at. She is smart, tough, and willing to do whatever needs to be done to keep her kids safe. She is no longer the clueless woman that was married to Melvin Royal. She no longer trusts easily and has had to learn the hard way that innocent people sometimes are blamed for things they didn't do. I liked both of her kids as well. They have been through so much and really do seem to be good kids despite a few more normal acts of teenage rebellion. This was quite the page turner. I was hooked by the story as soon as that car hit the Royal family's garage. I wasn't sure what was going to happen at Stillhouse Lake but I quickly became invested in the characters and couldn't wait to find out. I had a hard time trusting some of the characters Gwen and her kids came in contact with even when I wanted to trust them. As the book progressed, I found that the story became even more intense. This was my first experience with Emily Sutton-Smith as a narrator. When I first started the book, I honestly wasn't sure what I thought of her narration but she quickly won me over. I think she did a great job of bringing this story to life. I think she did a great job of bringing Gwen to life with a wide range of emotions. She had a very nice reading voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would highly recommend this book to thriller fans. I liked that this was a different kind of serial killer story with the focus on the murderer's family. I plan to listen to the next book in this series very soon.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
Gina Royal is a Kansas housewife. She has two kids and a happy life with her husband Melvin. One evening a drunk driver hits their house with his vehicle. That accident tears Gina's life apart because the police discover something horrific in Melvin's workshop.....the workshop he padlocks shut, the workshop where he disappears to work on his projects, the workshop where he kills people. Melvin is a serial killer. Flash forward a few years. Gina is now Gwen Proctor, living on the run from internet crazies who think she helped her husband. Even being acquitted following a trial won't convince some sickos that she didn't have anything to do with her husband's murdering all those women. She and her two kids stay alert, ready to run and disappear again when threatened. Gwen has purchased a house on a lake.....they finally feel a little bit of security and happiness. Then everything goes wrong......again. This is such a suspenseful and exciting story! Well-written and action packed, it kept my attention from beginning to end. There is a second book in this series, Killman Creek, and a 3rd book, Wolfhunter River, that will be published in 2018. I am definitely going to read more of this series! I love the cover art for this series. It really sets that creepy feeling even before I start reading! Rachel Caine is the penname for Roxanne Longstreet Conrad. She is the author of several series including the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden.. I'm definitely reading more of her work -- this book was excellent!! I'm not really into vampire stories, but I might make an exception this time.
suzsays More than 1 year ago
Gruesome subject matter outshadowed the book. I could have done without reading this book. Talented author, but poor choice of storyline on her part. This is just my opinion. The story had an unreal feeling. I had a hard time engaging with the 'unreal and unbelievable' events and characters.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Stillhouse Lake is a spine tingling psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat through the very last page. This is a book that will have you jumping at noises and looking over your shoulder. I could not put it down.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
OMG!! I have just finished reading this book about 20 minutes ago and my heart is still pounding out of my chest. A woman (Gina/Gwen) with two children, ages 14 and 11, on the constant run from her ex (Mel Royal, a serial killer with a sick following who is reaching out from jail to find her), the victim's families (who want to see her blood) and the ever increasing psycho's who think she helped her husband in killing these women who are constantly chatting and leaving messages about where she has been seen last. Together with their constant bantering about what should be done with to her, keeps Gina/Gwen on her toes and on a constant run with her children. It's been 4 years that she has been on the run and no one has really got very close to her. She's not letting her guard down. She's found a place on a lake and thinks that maybe this time they can stop and breathe for a while. She secures the house with alarms and cameras. The house has an extra bonus of a panic room. Her children are highly aware of the constant vigilance they must assume. Although, they are really getting tired of it. No social media, no smartphones, really no friends and on the constant move. But, are they really safe? Even though, like I said, my heart is still pounding and did for most of this book, (this may not be the book for those with weak tickers) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I hardly even lifted my head up while reading this book. I could not! It was so intense! Naturally, this is one you don't want to start or even be half way through late in the evening, unless your job will let you call in "dead tired" because this book will keep you up! I received this book from Amazon as a bonus for being a prime member. It was considered my free book of the month for June.