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Book Review: Stillhouse Lake

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you pick up a thriller, you hope hope hope that it will have the following: strong plotting, believable dialogue and character choices, rich settings, and please God tight pacing. Stillhouse Lake has all three in spades.

The premis is an interesting one, and Caine delivers on it. From early on, you are inserted into “Gwen’s” head and her predicament. Hounded by haters and by the reach of her serial killer husband from his death row cell, Gwen is on the run. After years of breaking her trail and adopting false identities for her and her kids, she is finally wanting to set down roots. And of course, she doesn’t get a moment’s peace to do it…

This was one of this novel’s strongest attributes: that there isn’t that moment of peace. Caine has trimmed the fat from her plot.

I also found the dialogue with a teenager and a preteen credible (so often it isn’t, but Caine obviously knows young people and channels them well).
I’m not usually a fan of series. I much prefer standalone novels. But I’m buying book 2 in this series…

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