Book Review | Stillhouse Lake


Reading crime/thriller novels is my guilty pleasure. When I'm in the mood to read but don't really want to use my brain, I love diving into these novels, where the most I have to think about is whether the protagonist is going to survive or who is the killer. These are especially nice to read when I'm traveling, and, on my most recent trip, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine was the book of choice. (No spoilers ahead, because it's that type of book :) )

The premise really drew me in because it was pretty different. Rather than the usual protagonists in these novels, like a law enforcement agent or victim, Stillhouse Lake about the ex-wife of a serial killer, hiding away from those that felt like she deserved punishment for her ex-husband's crimes.

The prologue is in third person point of view, but the rest of the novel is in the first person point of view of Gwen Proctor, or Gina Royal, as she was previously known. I generally do not like novels that are in first person, but the author worked well with it. Gwen was a well written character too, so the first person point of view wasn't too irritating to read. Also, seeing how far she had come, from an easily manipulated, ignorant housewife, to a warrior mom fiercely determined to protect her children at all costs, I really became invested in her survival.

Overall, this was a very entertaining novel. The only criticism I have of it is the cliffhanger at the end (not really a spoiler, because there's a sequel coming out). It felt pretty evident that Gwen's ex-husband breaking out of prison was purely to introduce a whole second novel, and this story, at least to me, definitely is a lot better as a standalone story.

Regardless, if you're looking for some mindless reading, I'd definitely recommend this book!

lifestyle, books/mediaCathy Liu