Ciao, amici. Today’s review is actually a three-fer. I want to discuss the first three books in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. I’d discuss all four, but the fourth hasn’t been released yet. You can bet I’ll be reading it as soon as it is though. Which should be a preview to you for my opinions. But I’ll share my thoughts, anyway.
Please note, because I’m reviewing multiple books, I won’t be adding the blurbs. But you can click on any of the covers to see a preview or be taken to that title’s Amazon page.
I enjoy reading many genres, but maybe none more so than psychological thrillers. When I saw a book promising to focus on the family of the serial killer rather than the killer, the hunted, or the cops investigating the crimes, I was intrigued. A few paragraphs in, I was hooked.
The author now has a new fan.
Rachel Caine already has a huge following, and I can see why. This book is written in first person, which I always say I don’t prefer. But the premise of the story made me willing to risk it. And now, I can’t imagine a different perspective. I was completely drawn into the main character’s inner turmoil. I am a proud mother, so I understand the character’s Mama Bear desperation to protect her kids. I am not, however, in a situation remotely similar to hers. Yet I feel like I was. My heart pounded right along with hers, my stomach lurched when hers did. Such a vibrant rendering of a character is difficult to do, and Caine made it look effortless.
The pace was fast but easy to follow. The setting, at times serene and at times frightening, became another character and advanced the plot. The supporting cast was every bit as nuanced as the main characters. The way all the threads came together while the villains’ plans unraveled was a joy to witness. Authors don’t often surprise me, but I have to admit it took me longer to guess who the true adversaries were than usual. And I loved that.
I read this book in one day, and I’ve already downloaded other Caine titles. This was an easy five-star recommendation from me.
I read this as soon as I was done with book one in the series. I needed to know what happened next.
This book has not one, but two, villains, and it’s hard to decide which is more sinister. And the usual band of Internet trolls are still at work. It’s a nail-biting thrill ride trying to anticipate what’s going to happen next and how Gwen and her family will get through it.
I love how the stakes are higher, the problems more complex, the danger more perilous. This is everything a sequel should be but seldom is.
I give this novel an easy five stars and am already onto the next one.
I wasn’t sure where the author would take the series after book two. I should have known that the depravity she writes about has no limits, no bounds.
This story continues with our favorite characters, and it introduces a whole slew of new ones. It’s impossible to know who to trust, and it soon becomes clear that the list is pretty short.
The way the author links everything together at the end is both startling and brilliant. It’s a sad commentary on the depths corruption can sink to, and it’s handled beautifully. I’m already on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next installment of this series.
There you have it. My take on the Stillhouse Lake series. I really hope this one goes on and on, as the writing is smooth, the plots well-paced, and the characters fascinating. If you’re looking for a new book or author, I highly recommend this series.