Ciao, amici! I’ve got another book review in the psychological thriller/serial killer genre to share with you today.
A Bittersweet, Blockbuster Ending to the Series
It’s not often I read a first-person/present-tense story and find myself swept away. Usually the POV and tense intrude and interrupt my enjoyment, though I don’t penalize a book or author for my personal preferences. Not so with this series. I’m always sucked in by Caine’s writing, and book five was no exception.
These characters are so compelling to me because they’re everyday people who are living extraordinary lives. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. The horrors the heroes have suffered make most people’s problems seem mundane. And the villains in these stories are truly vile.
In this book, there are two mysteries running concurrently—who killed two young girls near Stillhouse Lake and who is harassing Gwen Proctor’s family. But it’s never that simple. As the investigation continues, more crimes are unearthed, more bodies are found, and Gwen’s family is in more danger than ever.
While I did fit the pieces of the puzzle together before the reveal, I still raced to the climax to see how it all ended. The author did an excellent job of tying up all the loose threads while still leaving the series open enough to continue. Sadly, fans know that won’t be happening, and if they didn’t, they only had to read her heart-wrenching author’s note to learn this was the final installment.
It’s with a heavy heart that I give this book five bittersweet stars.
In case you don’t know or haven’t guessed, the author died shortly after finishing this book. (Last year, on November 1, 2020.) I was a fan of her work and was crushed when I heard. The author’s note at the end of the novel was particularly poignant.
If you’ve ever read a Rachel Caine book or are interested in this series, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s talk about it below. Salute!