Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake
Rachel Caine


Gina Royal’s problems are just beginning the day she discovers her husband is a serial murderer. It doesn’t matter that Mel Royal goes to prison and is awaiting execution. The internet haters are making her life miserable because they are certain she was an accomplice, despite a court acquittal. Gina does not want to wait to see if the threats are real.

So she grabs her two kids and runs, with new identities. And by using sophisticated internet tools, she is able to monitor the hate and stay hidden. The trolls are only a few steps behind, however, and that means picking up and changing names again and again. When they finally land at Stillhouse Lake, a former resort in Tennessee, they are Gwen, Lanny and Connor. At fourteen and eleven, Lanny and Connor are tired of being without friends, or roots. Can Gwen let down their guard, just a little?

Letting down their guard still means being on alert and staying sharp with target practice, however. Alarms, security cameras, internet traces and short-term phones are just some of the precautions Gwen takes. A new friendship may be just the thing to make their family feel grounded, something all three desperately need.

When a woman’s body floats to the surface of the lake, however, the murder is shockingly similar to Mel’s sadistic crimes. With Mel behind bars, Gwen becomes a person of interest. New friends and neighbors suddenly seem shady and Gwen can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Readers will watch her make both reckless and wrong decisions, putting herself and her kids in grave danger.

A wild chain of events leads Gwen to a big vigilante showdown, with plenty of twists and mind games. Caine finishes with a surprise cliff-hanger, however, an ending that I didn’t see coming. I didn’t know that Stillhouse Lake is the first in a three-book series and that answers await in the next two books, Killman Creek (2017) and Wolfhunter River (2019).

All in all, however, Stillhouse Lake is a fast-paced and entertaining thriller, with a good scare-factor and limited violence. The best part of the book is deciding whether the characters were good or bad. I got some of them wrong!

I read Stillhouse Lake as part of my library’s Summer Reading Challenge to read a book of my own choosing – the center square of my BINGO card!

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18 thoughts on “Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

    1. Hi, well yes, I’m getting questions about the 3 stars. Although I thought it was entertaining, the cliffhanger finish was disappointing because the cover said nothing about the book being the first in a series. So I was bothered by that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    1. Hi Carrie, yes, I enjoyed the book, but the abrupt finish was disappointing. I did not know it was part of a series and so I felt a little manipulated. Better to know that up front, but there was nothing to indicate it was a series. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi Jill, so 3 stars because my Kindle cover said nothing about it being a series. Perhaps I missed it somewhere else, but I felt a little manipulated by that. Otherwise an entertaining, if somewhat forgettable story. And, although I have not made dinner yet, the menu says Stuffed Shells! Have a great day! 🙂

  1. That does sound really good with some fun mysteries. I love the idea of trying to figure out which characters might be good or bad. I’ll have to try to get to this for a summer read – thank you!

  2. Thanks for the review, and after reading your other comments, I now know it’s #1 in a series of 3. 🙂 It sounds intriguing though, and I love a good thriller without a lot of graphic violence. I’ll have to add it to my to-buy list.

    1. Hi Stephanie, well yes I enjoyed it, but I gave it 3 bookmarks because of the finish and also because it was a good entertaining read, but not really a lasting story. Thanks for reading and commenting! It’s Friday!

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