Tag: 4.5 Stars

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

Posted December 7, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Killman Creek by Rachel CaineKillman Creek by Rachel Caine
Series: Stillhouse Lake #2
Published by Thomas & Mercer on December 12, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Action / Thriller
Pages: 348
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.


Hang on to your heart attack on this wild ride! I was on the edge, worried, terrified and I loved reading this! There were so many opportunities for things to go badly. The situation was tense and difficult from the start. Gwen leaves her children with local law enforcement friends to hunt down her serial killer ex, Melvin, who has escaped from prison. Sam goes with her as backup and because he wants his own pound of flesh from Melvin.

Gwen has learned to defend herself and her children. She has trained them to be cautious and defensive. Sam has military background. They are all more prepared than most people. Gwen is such an amazing character; I admire her fortitude. She has worked to grow over the last five years, to be strong and smart for her children. The things which happen to her are heart-wrenching.  The kids are as normal as any kids in this situation could be. Their fears and wants are realistic.

Killman Creek is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series.  You need to read the first book or you will be rather lost. And it’s also great!  These books are hell on wheels, from start to finish in a flash, with a twisty path to ride.  I’m glad I chose to read these.


About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date, and many short stories, including fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, and horror. Her notable series include The Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Red Letter Days, and Outcast Season novels. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first short story was published in 1990, and her first novel in 1991.

After a long career in business (including working as an office manager, payroll manager, insurance investigator, web designer, graphic designer, and corporate communications executive) she began writing full time in 2009.

She and her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad, live and work in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Review tour: Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

Review tour: Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted November 16, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 4 Comments

The previous offerings in the Elemental Legacy series were novellas. I liked them but I didn’t feel quite as though I knew the characters.  The world was familiar, and even the characters through the related Elemental Mystery and Elemental World series. Tenzin was quite well developed and some of her history has been told. Ben has been more elusive. Finally, in Midnight Labyrinth, we get a full length book with more insight into Ben! I love how we see his growth as he starts to choose his path in the world. His compassion and protection of others is clear.  Tenzin is bizarre and wonderful as always. Oddly, for the first time I could see how the Tenzin and Ben relationship might develop further than the trusted […]

Audio:  Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Audio: Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted October 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Blog tour: Ride Wild by Laura Kaye

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Posted October 24, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 5 Comments

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Posted October 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Posted August 31, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted August 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 8 Comments

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Blog Tour: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Posted August 22, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 0 Comments

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