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Bitter Falls

(Stillhouse Lake #4)

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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’
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Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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    Meredith
    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 Stillhouse
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    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
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    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 ...more
    Marialyce
    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
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    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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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,
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    Brenda -Traveling Sister
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    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
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    Liz
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    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
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    Christina
    Apr 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: cover-love
    Rachel Caine: Making notes on how to hurt the Proctor family and scare her readers again
    Me: I'm ready
    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Whew! That was In.TENSE!!

    *EDITED TO ADD REVIEW*
    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
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    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
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    Fiona
    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
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    Dennis
    3.5 stars

    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
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    Izzy
    Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-be-released
    i’m right in the middle of book #3 and i already know i NEED the fourth one right now
    DeAnn
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    4.5 great series stars (this is #4)

    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
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    Annie
    Mar 26, 2019 marked it as forthcoming
    Oooh, this is turning into a series! Yay!! The third book hasn’t even come out yet, but I’m super excited to see that there’s a fourth book! I wonder what Gina—I mean Gwen will be up to in this book.
    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Sometimes you open the right book at the right time and get lost in it. That's what happened for me with Bitter Falls. I was SO excited to get back to Gwen Proctor, Sam and their kids. They're trying to live a normal life while still dealing with the aftermath of EVERYTHING and it's not easy considering what they've all been through and the outside forces still coming at them for whatever reason they deem worthy.

    We, again, see the resilience of ALL of them and we're off to the races again and
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    Amy
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I’ve been a fan of this series since day one, there is something about Caine’s writing that draws me in and keeps me engaged. This isn’t a series where you can just start wherever, you really need to start with the first book in order to appreciate everything that Gwen and her family have been through. The good news is that even though this is the fourth book they’re fairly quick reads and are easy to binge.

    High points of this installment for me were Gwen as a private investigator and the fact
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    Jennifer
    4.5/5 stars

    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
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    Farshana S A
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: kindle, netgalley
    Many Thanks to Netgalley, Thomas& Mercer and Rachel Caine for a chance to review this brilliant book.

    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
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    Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: coyer, 2020, ng-pub-author
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart


    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
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    ☕️Kimberly
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audio-2020
    Full RTC.
    Natasha Niezgoda
    Jan 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
    CAN I JUST SAY HOW EXCITED I AM TO READ THIS?! I FREAKING ADORE THIS SERIESSSSSS!

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    Sabrina
    Another way too far fetched unbelievable story with massive violence and idiotic people who say they are running from danger but are willingly jumping into something even worse and they know it and literally every other person is a serial killer. It's the same as the first three, lather, rinse, repeat. This series really should have ended at the second book.
    Jen
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Did I stop everything and read 𝐁𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 in one day after getting my paws on it? You bet I did! And I have zero regrets about that because WHAT.A.RIDE!

    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
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    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    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! ***

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    Tammy
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: release-2020
    One of my favorite series! ...more
    julia ☆ [owls reads]
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: mystery, arc
    #1 Stillhouse Lake:
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    #3 Wolfhunter River:

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    2 stars.

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    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.
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    Hanlie
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Gwen Proctor is 1 woman you definitely don't want to mess with! Especially if it involves her children or the man she loves.

    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
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    Marta Cox
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Another impressive instalment in this series and as usual this family are up against it but come out fighting. Gwen and Sam might be having problems with some of their neighbours but that doesn't stop Gwen taking on a case about a missing young man. Turns out he tried to help a young woman escape a Cult and its a barbaric organization that has heinous plans to make an army of Saints ! Gwen will always fight for her family and those who need protection but this time she's going to need all the ...more
    Kara
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Part of me still thinks this series should have ended at the end of book two, but I can't help but be a glutton for punishment. I know I rated it 4 stars and maybe I shouldn't have, but I am attached to these characters, and being back in their world always sort of wraps me up in a warm blanket of coziness.

    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
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