Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine
Why I read: Wife of a Serial Killer, Psychological Thriller. Kindle First Choice.
Book blurb: “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.”
A fast-paced psychological thriller that had many twists and turns. It has a gory plot as Gina is the wife of a serial killer, on the run from her past and the people that would hurt her family.
Gina is a brilliantly written character, a true warrior. I enjoyed the self-analysis that Gina does as to how she did not spot her husband Melvin’s crimes. What she realised looking back afterwards was not “normal” which would ring a bell with anyone who has been in a controlling relationship before. But from her past she grows strength, she fights to protect her family and to outsmart those who wish them harm. Although the book lacked some realism I totally enjoyed seeing how she tackled every obstacle.
One downside was the cliffhanger ending. It felt far too much like an attempt to get me to read the next book which really wasn’t needed. The main story however was nicely tied up, with many twists to keep you guessing along the way.
I’d recommend to: fans of serial killer thrillers, psychological thrillers, strong female characters