Review – Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2)

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2)
By: Rachel Caine
Release Date: December 12th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake

We’re back at Stillhouse Lake and things for Gwen and the kids haven’t gotten any easier. Especially not now since her psychotic ex Melvin has broken out of prison and is coming after Gwen and the kids.

When we return to see what is happening in the life of Gwen Proctor and her kids we learn that fear and paranoia are all too real as Melvin, Gwen’s husband, has escaped prison and is coming after them. With the help of Sam Cade, the brother of one of Melvin’s victims (crazy I know) Gwen is going on the offensive, hunting her ex-husband down to try and protect her children.

If you enjoyed book one you should definitely pick up book two. The characters are still very well written, the pace and constant page turning continues as you’ll be just as desperate as I was to see how this all works out.

While book one, Stillhouse Lake, was dark in it’s own way Killman Creek is even darker, if you can believe that. It’s as if Rachel Caine tamed the essence of evil enough to write down some of it’s horrible deeds in this book. To that end if you have a hard time reading about horrible acts (child abuse chief among them here) maybe you should brace yourself if you plan to read book two. It was rough to read but I am already so invested in these characters that I really couldn’t put it down.

Killman Creek is book two in the series about Gwen Proctor and her kids as they try to find something close to normal in this world. At the time of writing this review there are four published books in the series with the fifth book released in March 2021. Sadly the author known by her penname, Rachel Caine, passed away in November of 2020 after a battle with cancer so the fifth book will most likely be the last in this series and we’ve lost an amazing author in the world.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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