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Stillhouse Lake #3

Wolfhunter River

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A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season.

Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter. When Gwen arrives in the small, isolated rural community, Marlene is already dead—her own daughter blamed for the murder. Except that’s not the person Marlene feared at all. And Gwen isn’t leaving until she finds out who that was.

But it may already be too late. A trap has been set. And it’s poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it’s so easy for them to hide…

330 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 23, 2019

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Profile Image for Emily May.
1,990 reviews298k followers
April 23, 2019
2½ stars. Wolfhunter River is my least favourite book in this series so far. It's obvious why, too. I still enjoy the author's style, I still enjoy the exploration of internet stalking and the "court of public opinion", but this book is so obviously a "bridging the gap" book.

If you've read Killman Creek, then you know the significance of that book's conclusion and how it essentially wrapped up the central story line of the first two books. With strong characters and a good fanbase, of course the author doesn't want to stop there. But now we need a new story to grow out of that. We need a reason for Gwen Proctor - badass mother of two - to go from being on the run to solving her own crimes. Which was always the natural direction for this series to go in.

In order to do that, we have this book. This book is, unfortunately, the filler between two plot points. It clings unnecessarily to old plot lines that should have been put to rest. It introduces some new mysteries that serve only to get Gwen where she needs to be. Virtually nothing happens for the first hundred pages (approx. 1/3 of the book), and little progression is made even in the second hundred pages. It isn't until the last third of the book that the story gets itself in gear. None of this is helped by the fact that I don't find Sam very interesting, so his subplot here left me unmoved.

It's not bad, as such, it's just not as strong as the previous books. I suspect more goodness is to follow in the fourth book now that we've got where we need to be. I still ended up quite enjoying parts of this one because of the aforementioned exploration of internet stalking and the "court of public opinion". These feature heavily in the series, and the author looks at how terrifying it is that we no longer need a court trial and prison. The court of public opinion can punish someone and ruin their life just as effectively, truth be damned.

It also explores some interesting and socially-relevant concepts like privacy in the Internet age. Sharing of information plays a huge part in the plot, as well as other techie aspects like manipulating images/video. These conversations keep the slower parts intriguing.

A weak point in the series but I still have high hopes for the next installment.

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Profile Image for Nilufer Ozmekik.
2,302 reviews43.9k followers
May 16, 2020
Four disturbing, gory, edgy but really well deserved stars!
Gwen Proctor will always be one of my favorite heroines, transforms herself from naive, shy woman into a lion, survivor, fighter, a real protector does whatever takes to keep her children safe.
Her serial killer husband might be killed by her but there are still people out there for bloody vengeance including Marleen who is obsessed with her, dedicated to avenge, resistant to believe in Gwen’s innocence.
The threats from hillbillies and loyal followers of her husband,her children’s adaptation problems to their nightmarish lives and her unresolved problems with Sam suffocate her. As soon as she got a cry for help phone call, she finds herself being dragged along Wolfhunter River to fight against a deadly cult.

Two different stories combined meticulously. It’s still disturbing, riveting and frightening. But there has less action on this book if I compare it with previous two books and there are too many repeats about Melvin’s past.

The revelation about Sam was shocking and made me sad for his wounded relationship with Gwen. But I think Rachel Caine wants to write more series and she wanted to give a purpose, a new profession to Gwen with the end the book. So she wrote this one as prequel to begin with new series which will be a crime thriller. As we can guess the cases take place different areas will be solved by Ms Proctor.

I don’t know if I want to continue reading more books of the series. Because I think it should have ended with Melvin’s dead.
Well as a summary, I enjoyed this one. But do I want more ? Nope, I pass!
Profile Image for Chelsea Humphrey.
1,480 reviews79k followers
February 18, 2019
"As we leave Stillhouse Lake, I feel a tiny, guilty bit of relief. Like I'm running away from my problems, dumping them and escaping into the unknown, the way I had before. But it's false, that feeling. Escaping was always temporary. Problems always caught up to me. But, I remind myself, I'm not doing this for myself. Not this time."

Honestly, if you're not reading Rachel Caine's Stillhouse Lake series, then what are you doing with your life? I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw the first book in the series praised so thoroughly that I assumed it had been hyped to high heavens, so I didn't start the series until after the first two novels had been published. I finally gave into the pressure after seeing so many glowing reviews from trusted friends, and boy am I glad that I did. There's a quiet power to these books, and although the reader is dropped in after the serial killer has been unveiled, I think the fact that the tension doesn't lie in the whodunnit is precisely what makes these books unable to be ignored. The multiple POVs, the constant sense of those hunting down Gwen Proctor's family closing in, and the complex weaving of multiple storylines are all reasons that I keep coming back to this series.

Can this book be read as a standalone? I mean, I think you could read it and follow along well enough, as the author does a fabulous job of recapping events from the prior two novels, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice at best. The fact that there is so much backstory provided for these characters in the previous stories is only part of the reason; Caine has done such a fabulous job of requiring an investment in her characters that my jaw was literally on the floor during some of the plot twists and reveals in Wolfhunter River. The vein of intimacy I now feel with these characters makes some of the conflicts only that much more painful; the emotion runs deep here folks, much more deep than in its prequels.

I really don't want to get into plot specifics, (<--- Honestly, why do I keep saying this in reviews? Is it trademarked yet?) but I have to admit that this one had more hustle and bustle going on that the reader needs to keep straight. I loved this, because it provided me with an enjoyable challenge, and to see how certain things tied together by the end, and how some things didn't, was extremely satisfying. Gwen's personal conclusion was wonderful as well; I feel the author could choose to leave this as the final book but could just as easily see her continuing on with a new set of ideas. Highly recommended! And please, do yourself the favor of starting from the beginning. If you're a fan of audiobooks, these are EXCELLENT to listen to as well.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy!
Profile Image for BernLuvsBooks .
828 reviews4,705 followers
May 16, 2019
Gwen Proctor is a magnet for evil and a force to be reckoned with in Rachel Caine's Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3)!

Melvin Royal might be dead but his notoriety as a serial-killer continues to haunt Gwen and their children. All she wants is to try to provide her children with some sense of normalcy but a group of internet vigilantes who believe she is as evil as her ex-husband are seeking their own brand of justice and simply won't allow it.

Seen as a fighter and a survivor to some, there are people who have begun to seek Gwen out for help facing their own demons. When Gwen receives a series of desperate calls hailing from Wolfhunter River from a woman and then her daughter, it's not something she can simply ignore.

Wolfhunter River proves to be a secluded, eerie town with rules all their own. It's the kind of town where the inhabitants are not keen on outsiders and they have no problems expressing their hostility. Gwen and her family find themselves putting their lives at risk to help the daughter of the deceased woman who initially called her. Soon Gwen finds herself fighting against a town of pure evil. Can they make it out of Wolfhunter River alive?

I appreciated the directional leap this book has taken as we move beyond the initial Gwen versus Melvin storyline. Gwen and Sam's relationship is tested once again in this book with the truth being bared once and for all. I look forward to seeing where they go from this point.

Gwen is an intelligent, strong, courageous and determined character. I enjoy watching her battle evil in all its forms via this series and look forward to continuing to do so with future books.

Thank you Rachel Caine, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book. I'm already looking forward to #4!
Profile Image for Meredith (Trying to catch up!).
814 reviews12.7k followers
May 25, 2019
3.5 stars

A mysterious phone call brings Gwen Proctor to Wolfhunter River, a small Tennessee town filled with dark secrets and f*cked up creepy people.

This is the third installment in the Stillhouse Lake series, and I would recommend reading this series in order.

This is a dark, gritty and suspenseful read. My favorite element of this book was trying to figure out what in the world was going on in Wolfhunter River. This part of the book kept me on my toes, as I never knew who or what was coming. There are some scenes filled with graphic violence and a lot of sickos; part of me wishes I could erase what I read and get some of these scenes out of my head.

This also my least favorite book in the series. With that being said, I still enjoyed it but I found that it was missing some of the tension that fueled the earlier books in the series. Even though there is a lot of crazy sh*t going on, this book moved at a bit of a slower pace than the other books in the series. I think I am also getting a little sick of Gwen being chased by trolls who believe her to have assisted in her husband’s crimes. With that being said, I still have some questions concerning some elements of her relationship with Melvin.

My main gripe with this book involves Gwen’s decision to take her children to Wolfhunter, a town she knew something wasn’t right with. For a woman who is so hell-bent on protecting her children, why would she bring them to Wolfhunter River? I had trouble looking past this decision.

In spite of the issues I had, I still love this series and these characters. This book works to transition to a new narrative thread that will be used to frame future storylines--I look forward to seeing what kind of craziness comes next!

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Kylie D.
464 reviews515 followers
April 22, 2019
Another wonderful thriller in the Stillhouse Lake series, in this novel Gwen is still living in the shadow of her late serial killer husband, and having a hard time keeping the haters from her family. Then she receives a call from a women upstate, claiming that something dodgy is going on in her town, but doesn't let on what. Soon after the woman's daughter calls Gwen back, saying she has just found her mother's body and the police are coming to get her. So just what is going on in Wolfhunter River?

With an incarcerated fifteen year old girl, three missing young women, and a kidnapped child, life is certainly interesting in Wolfhunter River, a backward town where everyone knows, or is related to everyone else, and outsiders aren't tolerated, let alone trusted. Gwen finds her work cut out for her, and during all this the threats to her family are escalating...

Well, I just couldn't put this book down, reading it in a day. We again feel Gwen's pain as she tries to protect her family against the odds, finding it especially tough in Wolfhunter River, where the locals close ranks against her. The angst of her teenage daughter, the growing strength of character of her young son, and the confusion her lover Sam still feels are all well portrayed. But gee, how much can one woman go through in a lifetime? Gwen deserves a break, and maybe, just maybe, she finds it in the end.

I recommend this book to all lovers of crime thrillers.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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687 reviews12.5k followers
May 29, 2019

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4.5 Stars!

**If you plan on reading the first two books in the “Stillhouse Lake” series, you might want to hold off on reading this review.

I will tell you that this is a series that I highly recommend.

I have been looking forward to reading this since finishing "Killman Creek", the previous book in the series.

The book starts with the shocking kidnapping of a six-year-old girl. I was pulled right in.

The story then turns to Gwen Proctor. Gwen is staring into the dark eye of a TV camera. The camera reminds her of very bad things. It reminds her of her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal. “I see my ex and his horrible smile. I see blood.”

The newspapers are still reporting what happened months earlier. “Shootout in murder house!” The newspaper always mentions that Gwen was once arrested as Melvin Royal’s accomplice, but they almost never remember to say that she was acquitted. She has decided she wants to set the record straight. She chose “The Howie Hamlin Show” because Howie appeared to have a good reputation.

Unfortunately, the interview does NOT go as planned. It's more like an interrogation. Then Howie asks Gwen if she knows about the documentary…

What documentary?

When he introduces his next guest, things go from bad to worse.

All Gwen wants is for her family to be happy and safe. But the normal life she craves seems so far out of reach. Then there’s Sam. There’s so much they need to talk about.

When the landline rings one night, Gwen is hesitant to pick it up. Most of the calls she gets are people making threats and yelling abuse. But she also gets calls from people asking for advice or help.

“Please, I’m begging you. Please answer me. I don’t know where else I’m supposed to turn.”

Gwen listens as the woman leaves a message. Just as the woman is about to hang up, Gwen picks up. The woman, Marlene Crockett is from a small town called Wolfhunter. She sounds terrified but she's vague when answering Gwen’s questions. When Marlene suddenly hangs up, Gwen wonders if she was trying to lure her to Wolfhunter.

Gwen tries to put the call out of her mind. But a few days later, the phone rings again. What Gwen hears shocks her. Soon she's heading for Wolfhunter. She wants to help.

“You can’t take on trouble in a strange town. You don’t know the players or the people. And you’ve got no stake in this thing”

Will Gwen be able to help and keep herself and her family safe?

I really enjoyed this book! It has a great plot with a lot of excellent characters (old and new). Quite a few of the characters from books one and two make an appearance.

The majority of the storyline is told from Gwen’s point of view but there are also a few chapters from other characters. I thought that the multiple storylines were interesting. Some very intense moments had me holding my breath.

I think the book could be read as a standalone. However, a lot happened in books one and two so readers might enjoy it more if they read the entire series.

This was another great chapter in the "Stillhouse Lake" series. I can't wait to read more!

I'd like to thank Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

Profile Image for Larry H.
2,509 reviews29.5k followers
March 4, 2019
Imagine what it must be like to discover the man you married was a horrible serial killer, and that he was torturing and killing women right underneath your nose. For Gwen Proctor, that nightmare was her reality. But after fearing him for years and trying to keep her kids out of danger, she has finally been able to pull their lives together into some semblance of normalcy.

But peace of mind and security don't last long. Her ex-husband Melvin had acolytes all across the country, people willing to do his bidding and inflict emotional torture on Gwen and her kids. People make threats against them on a daily basis, some of them bordering on true danger. And even worse, the families of Melvin's victims continue to believe that Gwen was a part of his crimes and are determined to make her pay, even developing a documentary which they hope will finally expose what they believe to be her guilt—no matter who gets hurt in the crossfire.

One day Gwen gets a call from Marlene, a woman in a remote Tennessee town called Wolfhunter. Marlene is among those strangers who call on Gwen, asking for advice or assistance in overcoming challenges like she did. Marlene is afraid of someone, but isn't willing to divulge the reasons for her fears. Marlene asks Gwen to come to Wolfhunter but she fears it's some sort of trap. Yet when the next call from Wolfhunter comes in it's not from Marlene, it's from her teenage daughter, Vee. Marlene is dead and the primary suspect is Vee herself, even though Gwen knows it's not her daughter Marlene was afraid of.

Gwen makes the decision to help Vee out, so she heads to Wolfhunter, along with her boyfriend Sam and her children. While she knows she may be stepping into something dangerous, she has no idea of the viper's nest they'll encounter, and the ripple effects that will be felt by Marlene's murder, Vee's alleged guilt, and the simple fact of Gwen's presence in Wolfhunter. Small, rundown towns are the perfect breeding ground for evil, and as the danger intensifies, so do the crises in her own life.

Wolfhunter River is Rachel Caine's third book in her Stillhouse Lake series (after Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek ). Gwen Proctor is an amazing character—flawed, brave, vulnerable, fierce, and utterly protective of her children. I found the first two books in this series absolutely spectacular, tautly plotted and full of action and suspense, and they provided a disturbing view into the heart of evil and how it can spread.

I found that this book took a little longer to build up steam, and once it did, there was so much going on and so many things were tangled together that the plot even got a little muddled. It felt like in trying to build on the intensity of the first two books, Caine thought she had to triple the suspense. Fortunately, there is still a lot of character development, and we learn more about Sam's life before he and Gwen met.

This book might be more of a standalone than the first two books were, but I'd still recommend you start reading the series from the beginning. Caine sure does love to keep you guessing about how the plot will unfold! I'm not sure if she intends to keep writing about Gwen, but I hope she does, because she's definitely one of my favorite female characters of late.

If you're a fan of creepy, well-written, suspenseful thrillers, I'd encourage you to pick up this series, starting with Stillhouse Lake . You may find yourself wondering just how you'd react if faced with the same situations Gwen was, and whether you'd be a total badass like she is.

NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

This book will be published April 23, 2019.

See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.

Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html.

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Profile Image for Giridhar Devika Sreenivasan.
14 reviews5 followers
September 10, 2019

OMG! A third book. Mixed emotions here. A part of me is excited to see what turn the series takes now but there is a bigger part of me that just wants Gwen to be left alone. To lead an uneventful, calm, happy life. She has had enough! Poor soul. And the children? They can’t possibly survive any more psychological trauma.

EDIT: 16.05.2019 (Review)


It was a bit underwhelming, to be honest. After the exceptionally well-crafted plots of the first two books, more was expected from Wolfhunter River, but the plot was too weak to generate the same levels of eerie surprises and bone-chilling excitement as the first two.

However, I would still rate it 3 stars, as I got to be a part again of the journey of a few of my most favourite characters. Though I would have personally preferred the series to end with the events of Killman Creek with the hope they lived happily-ever-after, I really can't be any more invested in the future books in the series as I am now, mostly out of concern for the characters I have grown to love all these years. Shout out to Rachel Caine for developing the character arcs so well that Gwen, Sam and the children are as real as anyone around and I wish only the best for them. This book does have its moments. Though I saw it coming, I still could not stop myself from breaking into tears when Sam finally confessed to his direct involvement in the umpteen threats and harassments the likes of Lost Angles and Sicko Patrol directed at Gwen and the children, and how he repented for that and now was a changed man with nothing but love for them. It requires immense courage to be honest, and speak out one's heart, especially when the truth can reopen deep wounds. I also loved seeing Connor mature into this strong kid after all that he had to go through.

Hope the series goes back to its chilling best in the next instalment.
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1,168 reviews37.3k followers
February 19, 2019
4 Heart Stopping Stars!!

For Gwen Proctor, Lanny, Connor and Sam, there’s no such thing as Peace. Certainly not in Stillhouse Lake and let’s face it, not anywhere else either.

When a television show wants to interview Gwen about her story, she finally relents, after all she has to give in sometime, right? When confronted by Miranda Tidewell, the mother of one of the victims (and the head of “The Lost Angels”), who blames Gwen for the loss of her child, Gwen knows it's going to be bad. The only thing her family can do now is cut and run, something she’s quite familiar with. This time, Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam know that trusting in each other is all they have. Will it be enough?

When Gwen gets a couple of separate phone calls from Wolfhunter River, she feels that pull. Wolfhunter River is a town in Tennessee well known for being shady. The calls are from a woman and her daughter who sound desperate and who need help badly. As if Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor aren’t in enough trouble already.

What can I say except that Rachel Caine has done it again!! She has written a pulse pounding novel that I tore through in a matter of hours! I simply love The Stillhouse Lake series and “Wolfhunter River” is no exception. These characters gut me. I love how smart, independent and able-bodied Gwen is. Lanny and Connor are both so capable and given what they’ve gone through, so darn intuitive! Admittedly, there was something else about this book that grabbed me and felt like a knife to the heart.. did it cut me completely? Ack! I’m not allowed to say. Though this mystery/suspense wasn’t quite as good as either “Stillhouse Lake” or “Killman Creek” it was a worthy follow up for which I give it 4 Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Mercer and Rachel Caine for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 2.18.19.
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Profile Image for Liz.
2,140 reviews2,754 followers
April 12, 2019

This book has a very current feel to it. Between trying to avoid the vitriol that is spewed on social media and the documentary that is being made about her, Gwen is still finding it extremely difficult to create a normal life for her family. There are still way too many people that believe she was a willing helper to her husband, a serial killer.

Her mistaken belief that his death would allow things to calm down was mistaken. The woman making the documentary also is looking to drive a wedge between her and Sam.

This is one series you really need to read the books in order. There’s so much backstory it can’t be summarized at the start of this book. This book moves on as Gwen reaches out to help a young girl accused on killing her mother. The town has a weird vibe, a sort of Twilight Zone feel to it.

Once again, we see the story from everyone’s POV which keeps things moving at a fast pace. I will say this book, while good, didn’t draw me in as much as the first two. The plot felt more contrived, more forced. Which isn’t to say I wasn't reading as fast I could to see how it was going to play out. The ending is just one wild ride!

What truly works is how the relationships of the four main characters play out in this book. We learn a lot about Sam. And it’s fascinating to see how each family member reacts to his story.

My thanks to netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of this book.

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3,321 reviews2,143 followers
August 3, 2022
This one is so action packed and so full of danger and aggression that at times I had to put it down and take a few calming breaths! Poor Gwen seems to be unable to escape the fallout from her appalling marriage and her husband's death, and her family are suffering too.

In this third book in the series Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor are driven to escape from the neighbourhood nastiness, and they travel to Wolfhunter River to try and help someone else who is in trouble. Little do they know what they are letting themselves in for.

I very much enjoyed the way Connor is growing up. In the previous book he lets everyone down in a big way. This time round he is the calming influence which helps the family survive. I wish Gwen and Sam would copy this and become mature enough to sit down and talk. Sometimes it pays to share information before a situation becomes a crisis.

Four stars this time because I enjoyed this book a little less than the first two. I think I am becoming uncomfortable with the idea that everyone, even best friends, end up being bad guys. It would be nice for there to be one person to rely on. Maybe in the next one.............
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1,036 reviews690 followers
March 20, 2019
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

A misbegotten television interview with Gwen Proctor promises to give her the opportunity to set things right, to show she is not the monster so many think she is.  While on the air, the interview goes hideously awry.  The internet trolls who have never really let off are now fired up with renewed venom, further poisoning the attitudes of those in Gwen's world. 

I needed another series like an eighth hole in my head, but this one is hard to resist.  And sure enough, I've read all three and enjoyed them immensely.  Start with Stillhouse Lake and prepare yourself for a super thriller and great characters.  Shoot, I even like those kids.
Profile Image for Carrie.
3,221 reviews1,560 followers
May 15, 2019
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine is the third installment of the thrilling Stillhouse Lake series. The first book in the series, Stillhouse Lake, introduced readers to Gwen Proctor who had gone into hiding with her two children after it was found that her husband was a serial killer. The trio had been on the run for several years not only trying to make sure that her husband who had gone to prison wouldn’t know of their whereabouts but also the vigilantes that thought Gwen was an accomplice to the killings instead of an innocent housewife.

After years of being on the run and hiding Gwen and her children were tired of constantly being on the move and decide to finally settle at a home at Stillhouse Lake. This series continues their story from book to book and is best read from the beginning to get the full story on the dangers the family has faced and to get to know all the characters well. The second book, Killman Creek, picked up right where the story had left off and now Wolfhunter River has done the same.

I have followed this series from the beginning and have absolutely loved it giving the first two books five stars. I loved the way it digs deep into what happens to the family of a convicted killer bringing in the internet and media and their intrusion into their lives. The characters are likable, the story is one that has kept my attention and had me on the edge of my seat. The only reason I went with four stars this time is the story took a route I wasn’t quite expecting and seemed to not take advantage of where the second ended, it was still good though just not the wow I expected.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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814 reviews1,603 followers
February 18, 2019
The Stillhouse Lake series is one of the most entertaining series of suspense thrillers that I've ever come across. The series picks up after the outcome of Killman Creek, where Gwen Proctor's ex husband Melvin Royal's timely demise gave her the freedom to breathe without fear of retaliation from him. Gwen, her children Lanny and Connor, and her boyfriend Sam are now back at their home in Stilllhouse Lake, but the notoriety of Melvin's actions are still causing harm to the family. After finding out that the mother of one of her ex-husband's victim's has funded the production of a documentary that will try and defame and outcast Gwen, she is on high alert.

At the same time, Gwen has allowed for the police to link her with families going through similar situations—allowing her to provide insight and guidance for those who need it most. Gwen receives a call from a woman fearing for her life, and Gwen initially shrugs it off. However, this family is linked to Gwen's struggle somehow and she now needs to get involved. Gwen decides to find the woman's daughter and try to find out what is burdening this family, but will the price be worth it?

After finishing Killman Creek, I was curious to see how Rachel Caine would continue this series. Wolfhunter River is vastly different from its predecessors, and I think it'll be a good transitional book for a new arc in the series. I struggled with the amount of exposition in the first half of this novel, but once we got to the central plot, I really gathered interest until the end of the story. I love how relatable this family is, even with the storyline being as intense as it can be at times. Go into Wolfhunter River with an open mind, and you'll enjoy how the story takes place. The less you know about what will play out in Wolfhunter River , the better. Let the story unfold and surprise you until the very last page.
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4,223 reviews2,729 followers
June 20, 2021
When Gwen Proctor received a phone call from a woman begging for help, but without giving a reason why, Gwen thought it was just another of ‘those calls’. But when the woman’s daughter rang a couple of days later to say her mother was dead, and they were after her, Gwen knew she needed to go to help. Sam, Lanny and Connor accompanied her to Wolfhunter and it was one of the worst decisions Gwen had ever made.

On their arrival in Wolfhunter, Vee, fifteen years old, had already been arrested for her mother’s murder. Gwen could see that no one believed her – or better yet, they thought Vee could be the ‘fall guy’ for this murder. And when Sam and Connor found a body in the woods near the river, suddenly Sam was arrested as well, and Connor’s witness statement was being twisted to suit themselves. With a town full of rednecks and crooked cops out to remove Gwen and her family from existence, Gwen was in the fight for their lives. Could they survive? And what was it with Wolfhunter – remote, isolated, surrounded by bush – and its inhabitants?

Wolfhunter River is the 3rd in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine and I loved it! Intense, chilling, brutal and twisted, the pages race by with barely a let up! How much longer can this poor family keep on fighting, hiding and being harassed? Great characters with an extreme plotline, Wolfhunter River is one I highly recommend. I’m looking forward to #4 already!
May 21, 2019
Wolfhunter River is a fast-paced, heart-pounding, entertaining and suspenseful story that is full of action that had me on the edge of my seat while reading this one.

I loved Gwen, even more, here is this story and her character is even stronger than before. She is still brave, fierce, determined and protective but felt like she took on more of a cinematic hero feel to her character that I thought wasn't so realistic but definitely entertaining.

So I have a confession here some of Traveling Sisters I read this one with don’t know I didn’t actually read the second book to this series even though it was a Traveling Friends group read. I didn't really feel I missed out on anything needed to know for this one and it worked really well for me. However, I do suggest reading the first before this one because that is one I feel is really needed to get the background to Gwen and her family.

The ending moves quite fast and there is a lot going on that had my heart pounding and shouting at the characters again. I listened to some of this off and on while reading parts as well and decided to listen to the end so I don’t rush through it and I am so glad I did. It really added the cinematic feel I felt throughout the story. I highly recommend.

I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley
March 8, 2019
A simple interview they said. A way to get your ability to clear yourself they said. A way to let the people see the real you, not the killer some think you are they said. They lied. Welcome to the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series.

Because of the TV show and the fact that they included in the interview, Miranda Tidewell, a mother who lost a daughter to Gwen's former serial killer husband, Melvin Royal, the world it seems is once again alerted, and Gwen and her children are again in the eye of a storm. Miranda had also set up a group of modern day vigilantes who believe in Gwen's complicity in her husband's crimes. Gwen becomes a target and so are her beloved children.

Poor Gwen Proctor, never to be forgiven for once being married to a serial killer. She and her children, who she fiercely defends, are drawn into a land of fright and terror, after she receives a phone call from a woman and her daughter terrified of what they seem to know, living in Wolfhunter River. There is something strange but also something alluring in the women's plea and it draws Gwen, Lanny, Connor and her boyfriend, Sam, (the brother of one of the victims of Melvin Royal), into a place that seems to be imbued with evil.

Because of the nature of the phone call she received, Gwen, her children, and Sam journey to Wolfhunter River, searching for answers, so willing to help. However, there are nasty things running through Wolfhunter River and as happenings become more dangerous, Gwen is called to look into herself and her relationships, especially that with Sam. It becomes a game of who do you trust and this game has deadly occurrences.

The Stillhouse Lake series has been a winner for me. It does hold your attention and provide a wonderful amount of thrills and chills. This book was not the strongest of the series, but it again shows the allure and charisma Rachel Caine has created in the Stillhouse Lake series. I recommend that you read this series from its start for it is one those who so enjoy well done thrillers will find enticing.

Thank you to Rachel Caine, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for a copy of this thriller.
This book is due to be published on April 23, 2019
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May 16, 2019
This series has a continuing story arc and I highly recommend the first two books be read before starting this one. The backstories are critical to fully understanding the main characters, appreciating from where they’ve come and who they are now.

Gwen Proctor thinks she can finally take a breath after having escaped the clutches of her serial killer husband and exposed and dismantled a dangerous group supporting his sick objectives. However, her family is still at risk from their increased notoriety spearheaded by a group comprised of the family members of Melvin Royal’s victims. And, that group is led by someone with unlimited resources and hatred of Gwen. Meanwhile, she receives a cryptic call from a Marlene Crockett, a stranger from the small town of Wolfhunter who is seeking guidance for herself and her daughter but, not long after, turns up dead with that daughter accused of her murder.

There’s so much going on in this story, especially when Gwen lands in Wolfhunter to help Marlene’s daughter, Vera (Vee) who reached out to her. It was hard to distinguish between the compromised law enforcement, those that just resented Gwen because of her history and the good guys. In the midst of all this is an abducted child and three missing young women feared dead, in addition to the relentless media assaults on Gwen and her family. There’s obviously something seriously wrong in this town and figuring that out is just as challenging. I had to pay close attention because the clues are all there.

I read the first two books and opted to listen to this one as this series is ideal to listen to because of the pace and action. I’m so glad I made the switch because the narrators masterfully handled the narratives of Gwen, her daughter Lanny, her son Connor and her lover Sam Cade. I especially liked the performance for Gwen as she adeptly captured the personality and steeliness of this fearsome woman. I highly recommend this format.

This next phase of life for Gwen and her family didn’t disappoint and it has some powerful, painful moments with some shocking betrayals. There’s nothing predictable about the story and it was beyond exciting and gnarly. At times things seemed a little convoluted but eventually made sense when I got to the outcome. It’s an intricate story and you better pay close attention to the details. It’s a worthy edition to this unique and exciting series.

(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
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June 4, 2019

When I began reading Wolfhunter River, I wasn't sure which way Rachel Caine was going to be taking Gwen Proctor's character. Yet, a couple of chapters into it, I was sure the ride had to be a good one. If you read the first two books in this series, you know a big baddie is no longer a threat to her or her family.

In case, you're not reading them in order, Gwen Proctor is the ex-wife of the famous serial killer, Melvin Royal. She changed her name and the name of her kids after Melvin was convicted. She moved many times and lately, Stillhouse Lake, is what she calls home. Her kids, Lanie and Connor have confronted many ugly things since learning about their father and they had to grow up sooner than they should have.

Wolfhunter River begins with Gwen agreeing to do a live interview on a TV show, but getting ambushed in the process. The only thing productive that surfaces from the interview was discovering that a new enemy is out to get her and her family. A woman's from Sam's past is making it clear that this is war.

When Gwen receives a call for help from the town of Wolfhunter, at first she doesn't want to do much. The second time someone calls her from the same town, she knows she has to go and maybe it's time for the whole family to leave Stillhouse Lake for a while.

In Wolfhunter, nothing goes the way it should. The town reeks of deceit, abuse of power, and endangered lives. It's up to Gwen and her family to uncover the evil.

Kudos to Rachel Caine for writing another entertaining book in this series. I like Gwen, she's not a doormat. She's strong and she will fight for her kids until her last breath. The kids are also becoming more involved in the process. Connor is smart and handy with a computer. Lanie is protective of her younger sibling. She tries to keep him safe.

I'm excited to see what is going to happen in the next one, now that I know how this one ended. Gwen is going to open so many can of worms! I'm sure I don't want to miss it.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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April 16, 2019
The engaging series of Stillhouse Lake deals with the aftermath of Gina Royal and her two children when her husband Mel Royal has been discovered to be a serial killer. Although Mel was put behind bars and Gina (now named Gwen Proctor) was exonerated from allegations that she assisted him, life never went back to normal. The grief-stricken and vengeful families of Mel's victims, along with intrusive public judgment, created constant disruption and significant safety concerns in the lives of Gwen and her children. The first two books focus on a woman forced to become “the ultimate warrior mom” as she is required to be in full protective mode at all times. A lot happens, there are twists and turns galore and there is a ton of suspense. But, based on my perspective, this third book appears to segue Gwen into a variation of her familiar role in an effort to extend the life of this series. She's still a mother, still defending and protecting, but now she's being asked by others to intervene in dangerous situations because of her knowledge and courage.

Full of mystery and plenty of villains, Wolfhunter River possesses many of the elements fans love about this series. The ending was action packed and the many revelations associated with both new and familiar characters were quite surprising in my opinion. However, I personally am not excited to move forward with Gwen in a new role that places her and her family at even graver risk. In the author's defense, the only alternative is to end the series which she obviously is not ready to do and I don't blame her. She has a real talent for adult domestic suspense and this segue was clearly well-thought out. I foresee readers either embracing the turn this series is taking with this pivotal book or using this as an exit point, as I am doing. Make no mistake, Wolfhunter River is not a bad book. It's good, but it will require a full buy-in from the reader from this point on and I'm sadly all tapped out.

Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Wolfhunter River. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genres: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: April 23, 2019
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3,008 reviews377 followers
April 22, 2019
With all that transpired in book two, I was really curious where else this story could go. How Caine would carry the rest of the story line and more importantly, what other horrors could possible be in store for Gwen and her children.

I didn't have anything to worry about, Caine more than made not only this story entertaining, but it's own story separate from the others and yet, not at all separate. We still get Marvin torturing them all in only a way he could and yet there is a new mystery that makes the story line entirely new and fresh as well.
Throw in crazy stalkers, Marvin's fans, and obsessed family members of the victims and you have one heck of a story that is not only easy to fall right back into but completely enjoyable.

Not only were the characters more fleshed out but other things were revealed as well about them, their past and of course the horror that will always remain with them of what Marvin did and continues to do to them when it shouldn't even be possible.

All in all, a very pleasing, very entertaining read that kept me interested and turning the pages.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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2,361 reviews337 followers
March 4, 2021
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
3rd book in the Stillhouse Lake series. Thriller. Best read as part of the series.
Gwen and her children have been harassed for years because of her serial killer ex husband. She is even getting calls from women asking for advice on abusive situations. A call from a young girl in Wolflake has Gwen and Sam traveling to a town where the police may not want to investigate. As a mother, Gwen can’t resist the call for help.

Suspenseful and scary that cults like this can still exist. Gwen is trending more towards independent investigations but still lots of references to her past and that people don’t believe she was innocent of her ex husbands evil.
I understand her need to protect her children but that really backfires in her decisions in this book.
Still a great thriller.
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June 16, 2022
Gwen Proctor might've escaped her serial killer husband and saved her family, but at what cost?

Wolfhunter River is the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series. This has been an outstanding series and with only two more to go in the series, I am trying to stretch them out as much as I can.

The intensity throughout this series has been so good and will have readers on the edge of their seats, staying up late to reach the last page desperate to know how the story will end. This is honestly a well-written thriller/mystery and it's a must-read for anyone who enjoys this genre. Highly recommended.

December 20, 2019

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Gwen Proctor has come a long way since the haunted mess she was in STILLHOUSE LAKE. She's found a new life for herself, met a man who loves her in spite of her demons, and is basically taking life one step at a time with her kids, who are still messed up from the events in books one and two but are far more resilient than Gwen ever dared hope. As far as she's concerned, life is peachy.

Then she gets a phone call from a weirdo living in a place called Wolfhunter. I know what you're thinking-- I was thinking the same thing: "Gwen, seriously. Get the fuck out of the South-- and especially get the fuck out of places with creepy-ass names like Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek and Wolfhunter River. If it has the words Kill, Hunt, or Still in it, just don't, okay, Gwen?"

To her credit, Gwentries her best to stay out of things, but it doesn't work out that way. Gwen gets more involved than she ever wanted to be when the woman who called her to beg vaguely but desperately for help ends up dead and she's forced to trek down over to scenic Wolfhunter to make a statement while also dealing with a mob of people making a documentary about how she's a killer herself. Cinéma vérité it is not, but if truth was a requirement for journalism, FOX news wouldn't exist.

WOLFHUNTER RIVER is such a creepy book. It definitely has a different vibe from the previous two books, where Gwen's own circumstances are the focus of the events happening. This was much more impersonal and it was hard to feel the same sort of stakes, even though Caine did a really good job making the creepy town creepy, showcasing the ickiest rednecks you've ever seen since that movie, Deliverance. I feel like this book is meant to be a turning point in the series, as it makes the switch from mysteries directly involving Gwen to ones that she engages in peripherally. I don't think anything will top KILLMAN CREEK for me, but I do look forward to the fourth book in the series.

3.5 to 4 stars
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January 4, 2019
OMG there's a third!!!!

Killman Creek SPOILER

Can’t stop thinking about that letter Gwen threw away from Melvin and that she should have read it!
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April 8, 2019
A gripping psychological thriller that will have you devouring pages.

Gwen Proctor and her two kids escaped from her serial killer husband, but she hasn’t been able to outrun his notoriety. There are crazed stalkers out there still trying to make Gwen pay for her husband’s sins. Gwen is desperately fighting for a normal life for her kids. But she can’t ignore a cry for help, and when Marlene Crocket and her daughter call in a panic from Wolfhunter, Gwen reluctantly agrees to help. But by the time she gets there Marlene is dead, and her daughter is accused of her murder. Gwen is confident the daughter did not shoot her mom, and begins investigating who did. At the same time Gwen’s stalkers are making a play to destroy her and her family.

Wolfhunter River is a gripping psychological thriller that will have you devouring the pages. The story moves fast and you’ll need your running shoes to keep up with all the action, as well as the various plot lines. Wolfhunter River is the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series, and the series keeps getting better and better.

Gwen Proctor is an amazingly real, strong and smart character. You can feel her fear, her pain and her anger, as well as her determination, her courage and her strength. My favorite part of the book was despite the stalkers pursuing her, Gwen still finds the fortitude to help someone else in trouble.

Rachel Caine’s writing is engaging. It will definitely make you sit up and take notice. The other books in this series are Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek. Caine is a NYT, USA Today, and #1 WSJ bestselling author of more than 50 books. Thanks to Netgalley, Rachel Caine and Thomas & Mercer for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Thomas & Mercer
Published April 23, 2019
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Author 11 books665 followers
May 22, 2019
Highly recommended, as are the others in this series.

Caine is a master of suspenseful, high-stakes writing like no other author. Action jumps out from every paragraph of every page.

I was not in love with the ending--lots of bullets and too many stereotypical small-town wackos/situations--but Wolfhunter River is still well worth reading. As with other prominent authors, this is a 4-star ONLY relative to Caine's first two books in the series, which are five-stars.

Caine is especially good at portraying the tension of situations in which the characters are boxed-in with no easy options. I also like that she sets this series an underrepresented, and thus especially interesting, part of the country-- fictional small towns around Kentucky and Tennessee.

Perfect for mystery and suspense readers.
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64 reviews
June 29, 2022
Loving this series! I thought there was only 3 but lucky me there are actually 5 books! How exciting! I love Gwen and how she fights tirelessly to give her kids a normal life but what ends up happening is anything BUT!!!! Craziness ensues as Gwen her significant other, and her kids, Lanny and Connor end up on a mission to solve the answer to a mysterious phone call that ends up putting theirs and many other lives in danger! They unravel some clues to mysterious kidnappings and find unexpected answers and are always finding knew ways to get themselves into heaps of danger! I love these characters, especially Lanny and Connor. The author does a good job giving them a voice! Also, these books are a little over the top. Like action thriller type stuff but in a good way. 💙💙💙
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March 9, 2019
What a riveting, heart-pounding adrenalin rush! My heart and head are still spinning and reeling as I try to come to grips with this story days after finishing it. Wolfhunter River, the third book in Caine's Stillhouse Lake series, is INTENSE and that's putting it mildly. You'll need to suit up and strap in for this one! I highly advise you read the first two books before venturing into this minefield of suspense and then enter at your own risk, but be prepared to maneuver the many twists and turns and shockers that threaten to bury readers and characters. While the author does an amazing job of weaving backstory into Wolfhunter River, you're going to want to get up close and personal with the complex cast and storyline before starting this one. And please . . . PLEASE avoid all spoilers!

As Wolfhunter River opens, Gwen, Sam, Lanny, and Connor are settling into a seemingly more normal life on Stillhouse Lake. While ghosts from their past still haunt them, they're relaxing their guard and cracking the door on a brighter future. Unfortunately, the past refuses to stay buried as evil reaches out from the grave to harass and terrorize them yet again. At the same time, Gwen receives a call for help from a terrified, desperate mother in the little one-horse town of Wolfhunter. When said woman turns up dead, Gwen, Sam, and the children drop everything to answer a plea from the woman's disturbed daughter - traveling to Wolfhunter to investigate and quickly falling prey to unknown dark forces themselves. Something is very wrong in this small, secluded, ill-boding town, and someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden. The story that unfolds is a dark, riveting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller, delivering blow after blow to these characters. Told from multiple points of view, layers are peeled back and buried secrets exposed. No one is safe as the repercussions of past betrayals explode and spread like a contagious virus, threatening each of them. Who will be left standing when it's all over? Will they stand together . . . or apart?

Rachel Caine weaves an intricate, complex tapestry of dark, menacing plot lines throughout Wolfhunter River, leaving characters and readers reeling time and time again. The fast paced action is virtually non-stop. There came a time later in the story when I felt like the colliding plot lines and continuous revelations and punches came close to being a little too over-the-top . . . almost entering unbelievable territory. And yet, I couldn't stop reading as I burned through the pages to find out how it would all turn out. I enjoyed the character growth we see in this one, especially from the children, Lanny and Connor, who add so much dimension to this story, and I loved delving into Sam's background as readers learn how his secret past influenced these characters' present lives and how it overshadows their future. As always, the setting is a major player as it flows menacingly and flawlessly throughout. As in previous books, Wolfhunter River continues the study of the power of evil, and its ability to spread like wildfire consuming and destroying everyone in its path. Definitely fuel for thought. The author uses a twist in this story as a nice setup for what could be a new direction in Gwen's future. I can't wait to see when/if she goes there. All in all, Wolfhunter River is another insanely complex, frenzied, action-packed Must Read in this highly addictive series! I'm giddy with anticipation for the next one!
*My Rating: 4.5 Adrenalin-Filled Hearts
**With many thanks to the publisher for an arc of this book via Netgalley.
***Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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