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.

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