Killman Creek and Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse #2 and #3)

Publication Info: Killman Creek Published December 12th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer. Kindle edition read via Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Wolfhunter River Published April 23rd 2019 by Thomas & Mercer. Kindle edition purchased from Amazon.com.

Summary: Killman Creek and Wolfhunter River continue the nail-biting tribulations of Gwen Proctor and her family.  In Killman Creek, Gwen’s ex-husband, serial killer Mel Royal, escapes from prison and torments his former wife and children. He intends to kill his wife and daughter and turn his son into a killer like himself. In Wolfhunter River, Gwen hopes to get a fresh start but is once again hounded by the Internet trolls and the mainstream media. A woman whose daughter was one of Mel’s victims has decided to make Gwen the target of her well financed anger. She is determined to prove that Gwen helped her husband murder her daughter and others. Gwen not only has to deal with her, but also crooked law enforcement and a deranged cultist.

Comments: These books are “keep you up way too late at night” page-turners. Killman Creek was my least favorite in the series, mostly because Mel Royal is out of prison and a real threat. I swore off serial killer books years ago. The first book in the series, Stillhouse Lake, which I previously reviewed, was a refreshing change in the genre as it focused on his wife and family. It also highlighted the devastating effects of social networking on innocent people. While the shadow of Melvin Royal still hangs over the Proctor family, Wolfhunter River returns its focus to Gwen, her children and Sam, the new man in Gwen’s life. There are twists and turns in all of these books that border on the bizarre, but they are oh-so entertaining anyway.

Readers should suspend disbelief and just enjoy the wild ride.

Recommended for readers of psychological suspense and thrillers.

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Publication Info: Published July 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer. Kindle edition free from Prime Reading by Amazon Books. Other editions available.

Summary: Gina Royal’s life changed forever when a car ran into her garage. The gaping hole in the building revealed a dark secret that her husband, Mel, kept from everyone for years: he was a serial killer.Stillhouse Lake

Now Gina is on the run with her two teenage children. Initially under suspicion by the police as an accomplice to her husband’s evil deeds, she was exonerated by the legal system, but not by the court of public opinion. Internet trolls, the bored, the crazy and anyone cowardly enough to throw the first stone behind a wall of anonymity attack Gina relentlessly. The threats arrive daily. Some are just disturbing but others cross the line into reality.

Forced to change their identities over and over, Gina, now Gwen, is tired of running. In the quiet community of Stillhouse Lake, she longs to find a place where she and her children can settle down and stay put. Her kids need some solidity in their lives.  But then a murdered woman is found in the lake. The evidence points to Mel Royal’s M.O. but he’s in jail. Gwen knows someone is out to frame her. But can she prove her innocence before she and her family have to disappear again?

Comments: O M G. I couldn’t put this one down. I swallowed Stillhouse Lake whole and got my hands on the second in the series post haste. Several years ago, I swore off serial killer books. But this is different. The focus is on one of the living victims–the killer’s wife. This book also brings into sharp focus the dangers of living in the internet age, in which anyone can be attacked and tracked anonymously.

Fans of psychological suspense should make this book a top priority on their reading lists.