Stillhouse Lake, Book #2
By Rachel Caine
Author’s Website: http://www.rachelcaine.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
*Beware of possible spoilers*
This book picks up where Stillhouse Lake left off. Gwen’s serial killer ex-husband has escaped prison and she has no doubt that he has her in his sights. She’s tired of hiding and she’s ready to do the hunting. She drops the kids off with Kezia and Javier and she and Sam go looking for Melvin. They have one goal in mind, take him out before he can harm anyone else, especially Connor and Lanny.
However, Gwen didn’t expect that Mel had already found a way to get to their son. He got a phone to him and Connor tried to fight it, but the temptation turned out to be too great. After talking to his father, Connor starts to second-guess everything he’s been told these last several years. He starts to wonder if his dad really could be a good guy after all.
Absalom has been busy sending Gwen on a goose chase that puts her right where they want her. And, not only that, but they have manufactured some fake videos that look real. Videos that show Gwen helping Mel with his victims. And, when others see them, she loses everyone she loves. There is nothing more dangerous than someone with nothing to lose. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kids, even if it means sacrificing herself to do so.
I absolutely loved the first book in the series. Stillhouse Lake, and was thrilled to see there was a sequel. Unfortunately, this book was kind of a disappointment for me. The story wasn’t bad, but it didn’t hold a candle to Stillhouse Lake. It’s an unfortunate downfall to sequels sometimes.
We got to see most of the characters from the previous book, but it just wasn’t the same. This book just flowed slower. There was a nice twisty plot, but one that can easily be figured out before the big reveal. Also, Gwen seemed to be betrayed at every turn. I was pretty disappointed with some of Sam’s actions in this book. He tried to make it up to her, but honestly, if I was her I don’t think I could forgive him, despite her plan at that point.
We do get a conclusion to this story so I think this short series is most likely over, which may be for the best. I do plan to read more from this author in the future though. This wasn’t her best work, but I now know what she’s capable of.