Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Book Two in the Stillhouse Lake Series
Published By: Thomas and Mercer (December 12, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.
Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…
You’re not safe anywhere now.
Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.
But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.
I was intrigued after reading Stillhouse Lake where Cain would take the next installment. With a murderer on the lose and her life and children's lives in danger, there wasn't a lot of options for Gwen other than to take charge, not be a victim and to fight back.
And fight back she did.
This time told in alternating point of views, we get a deeper, maybe even darker look into the minds and hearts of those being haunted and hunted down by a man so ruthless and so evil, it will make your spine tingle.
I absolutely loved this and yet, I hated it too. I was so very mad, at everyone while reading this. The characters doubts in one another, the betrayal, the deceit and outright lies. I was so angry at the people that was making it all happen. That was egging it all on. How sick and twisted they were. It was...awful to say the least and horrific to less describe the horribleness of it all.
It was disgusting. And I loved every intense thrilling moment of it.
Once again Caine shows that she really is a fabulous writer, in whatever genre she chooses to write. I couldn't of asked for a more intense action packed story if I tried and truly ended perfectly. Not a perfect happily ever after, but a very realistic, slow building future of what ifs and maybes.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*