Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine

Title: Bitter Falls
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Book Four in the Stillhouse Lake Series
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Published By: Thomas & Mercer (January 21, 2020)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?

The Stillhouse Lake series has quickly become one of my most anticipated series with each new release.

It is fast paces, exciting, filled with intrigue and danger, and just down right fun, not to mention at times, extremely emotional. 

The things this family goes through, endures, and ultimately triumphs over is just amazing and you would have to have a heart of stone to not fill something for them as they struggle and try to overcome so much, most of which, is not their fault or even from their own actions but rather a stigma of those around them. 

This family has already overcome so much and with each new installment, I would like to say has less to overcome but the truth is, these people will always have issues but they never let those around them that want to see them fail, ever win. Instead they grow stronger, as individuals and as a family unit and I love that about this series. 

And if the strong family bond wasn't enough to lure you in, then the dark mysteries that somehow find this family surely will. 

Filled with danger, a darker look into the sometimes messed up human mind, this series never ceases to keep me on the edge of my seat rapidly flipping the pages until the very satisfying end. And let me tell you this latest installment is intense. 

So many emotions will reading this. I had to stop and collect myself numerous times along the way, in fact, this one may have taken me the longest to read because, it really was just that intense. 

Cain stuns with her writing in every imaginable way and I couldn't of been happier reading it. 

Truly her best yet in the series and I can't recommend it enough. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. This series sounds awesome. I really to start reading it.

  2. Yes I've been meaning to look into this series because so many of my pals like it. Thanks for the refresh Kindlemom and for sharing your fantastic review!

  3. I can't believe there's been so many books already - I still need to read Stillhouse Lake! Glad you're loving these.


  4. I'm really enjoying this series too. It's so well-done! I particularly love the characters!

  5. I need to pick up this series. I keep hearing such good things about it. Going to add it to my library list right now.

  6. I only tried book 1 but I need to read more

  7. I haven't tried this author yet but her books sound really good most of the time.

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    1. It's definitely going to piss you off so be prepared!

  9. This is a series that I would like to get my hands on,it sounds so good! Great review.

    1. Thanks so much and it really is. So emotional in unexpected ways!

  10. I'm behind on this series, but maybe I should get back in seeing as this is the best one yet. Glad you loved it! :)

  11. I love this series on audio and devoured it over the weekend. It is one of the reviews I actually wrote. LOL I love getting the different povs.

    1. So glad you liked it too Kim and I hope you feel better soon!

  12. This series sounds amazing! I just bought the first book and can't wait to read it. Seeing your review makes me that much more excited!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape