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’ ...more
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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 Stillhouse ...more
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 ...more
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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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Bitter Falls is indeed stronger than its predecessor, Wolfhunter River, but it fails to provide any suspense like the first two novels in the series. While the novel is written perfectly, it really has been a repeat of the other novels and the flair that I got from Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek are gone.
That being said, if you enjoy reading about Gwen Procter and her family, this book really sets the tone of the family unit's growth. This time around, the family is dealing with ...more
Rachel Caine is writing a series with characters that I love to read about. We have Gwen Proctor, a tough-as-nails mom and PI who is trying to navigate a world where trolls are still out to hurt her family because of the horrible crimes of her ex-husband. Her kids are tough too, but believable as kids, and they keep finding trouble. Sam is the love interest and it is all really complicated!
This one has a carryover storyline from the last book (creepy Wolfhunter ...more
We, again, see the resilience of ALL of them and we're off to the races again and ...more
High points of this installment for me were Gwen as a private investigator and the fact ...more
Bitter Falls is the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series. These books are mystery/thrillers.
I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Stillhouse Lake series. So I was very excited to get to read this new book. It was one of my most anticipated reads of Winter 2020.
The main question that people want to know is whether this book can be read without having read the previous books in the series? My answer is yes and no. The author does give a recap of some of the pertinent ...more
Gwen Proctor is back and how!
Bitter Falls is book #4 in the Stillhouse Lake series and it continues right from the events in WolfHunter River. These books can be read as standalones as enough background is provided in the story but as such I recommend reading the whole series in order to understand the growth of each and every character especially Gwen, who has transformed herself into a ...more
Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This Stillhouse Lake series is a terrifying blur of survival. You need to read these in order. I really am enjoying the high level of action and danger in these stories. I feel horrible when people won't just leave them alone.
Let me just mention how much I love the cover. I don't usually pay attention but this one is a real ...more
Book 4 is just as fast paced and dark as the other books in the Stillhouse Lake series. I LOVE this series and am always anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. While this would work as a stand alone, I HIGHLY recommend you start with book one in the series. Serial killers, white knuckled adventure, and twisty mysteries...what’s not to ...more
Finished reading: December 16th 2019
"Women are always, somehow, to blame for the acts of men; that's more true now than it ever has been."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I've been a fan of this series ever since the first book came out, and the first two books are on my list of all time favorites. Book number three, while solid, didn't have that same wow factor for me and ...more
#2 Killman Creek:
#3 Wolfhunter River:
I’m saying goodbye to this series. While Caine’s writing is good and engaging, the plot of Bitter Falls followed along the same lines of the previous novel and didn’t provide enough character or series development for me to fully enjoy things. The tight arc that existed in the first two novels is gone. This just feels like the characters aimlessly making reckless decisions that put them in danger for the sake of another book. ...more
This is the fourth installment in the Stillhouse Lake series and in my opinion it definitely is a series you have to read in order. I loved the 1st book and it was 1 of my favourite books of last year. The others were also good and this was also a fast read that I enjoyed but like the previous book it left me a bit disappointed in the end. The ending felt a bit rushed. Some ...more
The book, however, is not cozy at all. This one is about a cult, and it gets harrowing and dangerous, and incredibly creepy. Rachel Caine's writing is strong, as always, but I do feel the ...more