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Bitter Falls

(Stillhouse Lake #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  12,197 ratings  ·  1,162 reviews
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’
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Suzan I have read these wonderful books in order so my perspective is a little off. I think you would get so much more from the book if you read them from t…moreI have read these wonderful books in order so my perspective is a little off. I think you would get so much more from the book if you read them from the beginning, but I also think you could read this book alone and still enjoy it. Rachel Caine is a fantastic writer. (less)
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Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book reminded me of why I love this series!

Bitter Falls is a psychological thriller about a dangerous cult and the mysteries behind it’s “saintly” members.

The Proctor family find themselves in danger once again. Gwen, now working as a kick-ass PI, unknowingly puts her family in danger (she's got quite the knack for attracting trouble) when she begins investigating a cold case about a man who vanished without a trace. It’s also not helping that Proctors have few friends left in Stillhou
Kylie D
Wow, how much can one family take and still stay strong? After years of torment as a serial killer's wife, Gwen Proctor , her partner Sam, and her children Connor and Lanny are trying to put the past behind them. Gwen is working as a private investigator, and an interesting case has just arrived. A young man just disappeared into the night, without a trace, three years ago, and Gwen wants to find closure for his parents.

As Gwen gets closer to the truth, things start to get really dangerous, plus
Susanne  Strong
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.25 Stars

The Closer you are to Danger, the Farther you are from Harm.

For Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam, Stillhouse Lake is no longer the sanctuary it once was. Now, the townsfolk are against them and everyone, except for a select few, want them gone and they aren’t afraid to show it.

Now a Private Investigator, Gwen is assigned to work on the missing persons case of Remy Landry, a young man, who went missing in Knoxville, three (3) years ago. Turns out that poor Remy tried to help a gal he met a
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars!

I’ve really enjoyed the “Stillhouse Lake” series so I knew I had to read this latest installment.

This family cannot seem to catch a break!!

Gwen Proctor and family are working to put the past behind them. However, there are many people who just won’t let them be. The family is still living in Stillhouse but the locals are far from welcoming and are not afraid of showing just how much they want the family g
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Back home after the life-changing revelations revealed in the town of Wolfhunter, Gwen and her partner Sam Cade are moving forward together with her children sixteen year old Lanny and thirteen year old Connor in their home on Stillhouse Lake. Unfortunately, it's no longer the sanctuary it once was as the locals have turned against them and old enemies are knocking on their door with threats. With their lives in turmoil once again, Gwen is more determined than ever to build a brighter, safer fut ...more
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3.5 stars

Bitter Falls is another fast, action-packed story to this series and Gwen is still one brave and fierce hero, however, I think this series is losing some stream for me.

While the mystery is different with each book, I feel the stories follow the same pattern with Gwen's trying to outrun her past and the shadow they live under, her putting her family in danger while she investigates a new mystery and kicking some ass. I guess maybe I am growing a little tired of the cinematic feel to the
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bitter Falls is the fourth in the Stillhouse Lake series. Things have moved forward and Gwen is now working as a PI. The town has turned against her family and they are all being shunned or worse, bullied. A paramilitary drug dealing family, the “hillbilly mafia”, has taken a particular vendetta out against them for bringing unwanted attention to the area.

Gwen is investigating a cold case - the disappearance of a young college student three years ago. We know from the prologue that he was the v
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine is the fourth 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 ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book three in the Stillhouse series, Wolfhunter River was another powerful thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, although all of the previous books did as well. When book 4, Bitter Falls, become available I rushed to press that button and download this book hoping for the thrill I had experienced with the previous books. Thankfully, it was, and I embarked onto another thrilling path with wonderful protagonists and an electrifying read.

Looking for a strong protagonist, one need
Donna Backshall
As a faithful follower of this series, I was so excited to read the 4th installment in Gina Royal's desperate search for peace, aka Bitter Falls.

First and foremost, yes, it was very good.

But...and this is a pretty big "but"...I can't be the only reader who was both mentally and physically exhausted by the constant "then my blood turned ice cold" and "my brother/partner/sister/whoever is GONE" frenzy. I understand that the author was eager to maintain the breakneck pace and intensity set by the
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I've been working my way through the Stillhouse Lake series since around Thanksgiving. It is such an addictive series, and during multiple times throughout the story arc, I found myself literally unable to put the book down, desperate to know what happens next. These would make an excellent miniseries, I think. They have everything that makes up the formula for a successful book: tight-plotting, sympathetic characters, messed up villains
I was aware of the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine and its popularity amongst readers who enjoy a good crime thriller/mystery. So when I saw that book 4 was up for grabs on NetGalley, I grabbed it even though I haven't read the first three books yet. However, judging by how much I enjoyed this book, I can now appreciate why this series is so popular! Let's just say I am now onto the bandwagon and will not waste anymore time catching up on the story of Gwen Proctor.

My thanks to NetGalley,
Larry H
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

I think my heart rate needed a few hours to return to normal after reading this book!

Gwen Proctor and her family are back in Bitter Falls , Book 4 of Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series.

While Gwen and her children, as well as her partner, are trying to put all of the past horrors of their lives behind them, everyone around them won’t let them forget. Her kids are constantly bullied at school and their neighbors want them gone, because the more attention they attr
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gwen Proctor's ex husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, may be dead by her own hand and she may have moved on and be working as a private investigator but is her life any better? She may have found true love with Sam Cade but the town of Stillhouse Lake has turned against her. Particularly the Belldene family ... criminal, paramilitary, powerful and vengeful.Gwen, Sam, and her children Lanny and Connor are in therapy and the kids are being bullied. It may be time to move away from Stillhouse Lake ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. Gwen Proctor and her family are back, and they are finding it harder and harder to fit into their local community. Gwen's trying to keep her family safe and also keep herself busy. She takes on the cold case of a missing young man. Gwen's investigation leads to her discovering other victims, and wanting to discover who is behind the disappearances.

This is an action-packed and exciting series. Gwen and her kids are not well-liked, and
Apr 27, 2019 marked it as hiatus
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Rachel Caine: Making notes on how to hurt the Proctor family and scare her readers again
Me: I'm ready
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. Rachel Caine has a winner with this book. It has a great plot: evil cult fanatics putting two loved ones in danger vs. Gwen Proctor with backup.

I love Gwen. She’s kick-ass but vulnerable. Fierce, and fiercely loyal to those who earn it. And Sam is her rock, as she is his. I think Lanny and Connor have grown in this book, Connor especially.

I’m really looking forward to the next book. Here’s to a new beginning.
I absolutely love this series and love this author. It is soooooo good.
Natasha Niezgoda


Yep. You heard me correctly! If you’re anything like me then you’re obsessed with ANYTHING cult-related. And if that’s the case, then you NEED to read this book.

Better yet, you should actually read this whole series because A. it’s EFFING incredible, B. it’s got serial killers, rural cults, and weird-ass middle-America drama, and C. because I told you to! 💁🏻‍♀️Obviously.


But I’m sooo getting ahead of myself. First off, the series is called: Stillhouse Lake (that’s also
Samantha Gonsalves
Holy Smokes! Bitter Falls is a fast-paced, action-packed and twisty thriller that will leave you with a bad case of wanting to get to the next in this brilliant series. Bitter Falls surpasses all previous marks and according to me is the best book in this series! I super loved this book!

Despite her notoriety among trolls and vindictive people, Gwen is trying hard to build a home for herself and her kids. Together with Sam, they've build a home and a unit stronger than anything else. So when the
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020
Dark and intense, Bitter Falls won't disappoint the readers who have been following the Stillhouse Lake series, as it is as well-written as the previous instalments.
Here Gwen Proctor is dealing with another cold case, disappearance of a young man called Remy Landry three years ago. The narrative is split between four points of view- Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam, which gives the story more depth. The family faces outright hostility from the neighbours. In addition to this, the case Gwen is invest
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 4 in the Stillhouse Lake series, and I'm still loving it - but there's just the slightest tinge of tarnish creeping in at the edges.

First of all, the good in the series is still very, very, good. The research into law enforcement, serial killers, cults, all the various things poor Gwen has had to deal with is all top notch, up to date, and accurate without turning into these novels into textbooks. They tend to the shorter length, but that might also be that they pull the reader along so qui
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gwen Proctor is a smart, strong and dynamic character who will go anywhere and do anything to protect her family.

BITTER FALLS is the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series. Gwen Proctor has had a difficult life since she found out her husband was a serial killer. That was years ago and she desperately trying to put the past behind her, have a normal life and protect her two children, Connor and Lanny, from the internet monsters that haunt them. It’s not easy, and now the closed-minded
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whew! That was In.TENSE!!

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
Amber J
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The cult twist was interesting but other than that I'm not sure I liked it as much as the previous books. It didn't have a lot going on in it for the three-fourths of the book. However, the narration was as great as ever. Four different narrators for the four different points of view. Other than that I don't
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this 4th book in Rachel Caine's "Stillhouse Lake" series!
The drama and suspense in this book was every bit as captivating and intense as it was in the first three books.
Gwen Proctor struggles to keep her family safe while escaping her past (an ex-husband who was a serial killer). Now a private investigator Gwen is on the case of a missing college student. This quickly has her and her family involved with a cult of religious fanatics.
Fast paced and action packed this novel is an excellent
Kat Dietrich

Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine is the fourth in the Stillhouse Lake thriller series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background:   (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
Gwen is still living the nightmare of having serial killer Melvin Royal as her dead ex-husband.  She took her kids and ran, but the internet trolls found the
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*4.5 stars rounded up!! Talk about non-stop action! Rachel Caine really knows how to write an exciting thriller. In the 4th book in the series, Gwen is working for a detective agency and is asked by her boss to look into a cold case: the disappearance of a young male college student that happened three years ago.

Meanwhile back at home, things are not going well for her family. Someone seems to want them gone from Stillhouse Lake and the kids have problems of their own. Gwen needs to keep her ch
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the 4th book in the Stillhouse Lake series. I've enjoyed them all, especially this one. I think these are getting better and better with each new installment. This was a page turner. I love the MC. She takes no prisoners when it comes to protecting those she loves.

The set up in book 3 for future installments, worked well in this one. It left the door wide open for more, which makes me happy. So 4 stars.
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