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Bitter Falls

Stillhouse Lake, Book 4
Written by: Rachel Caine
Series: Stillhouse Lake
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins

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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling series.

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’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects...and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family - paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?

©2020 by Rachel Caine, LLC. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • shelley
  • 22-01-20

Excellent 5 Star addition to this series...

This is the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series. This book can be listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to the series in order. Throughout this book there are references to the previous books and there are also changes in relationships.

The publisher’s summary probably gives more information than it should. Gwen Proctor is the protagonist. She’s up against an offshoot of the cult she was embattled with in the previous book. Her family is in jeopardy and it’s a race against time for Gwen to rescue them.
Like the others in this series this book is very fast paced.
This book is FREE to borrow with the Kindle Unlimited edition.
The narration is excellent.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Thank You.

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  • Sandy
  • 23-01-20

These are starting to sound the same.

I've listened to all of the books in this series and while I have enjoyed them, I find I am also glad when they are over. The narration for the main character is not my favorite, nor are the very repetitive thoughts of "I am super-woman. I protect my children. I protect my man. I am responsible for every little thing. I plan for every single thing, how could I have missed this?" I'm a mother, I get it. Please stop beating me over the head with it. I feel like this series could be great if the main character could relax just a little bit. And maybe all the bad things don't have to keep happening to her people. Maybe she could save some new people while her children and her man stay safe next time. All that aside, this book is still better than many books I have listened to. Since it is a free listen to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, it is definitely worth a listen!

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  • Karen
  • 23-01-20

No disappointment!

Rachel Caine is one of my newest favorite authors. I love her style and the riveting storyline. This is edge of your seat listening. My only disappointment is having to wait for the next book.

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  • Jennifer
  • 30-04-20

Concept is great, execution is VERY poor

I want to like this series. This is the third book in the series I listened to just to see how the characters grow with her writing style. But I have the following problems (that reoccur OVER and OVER).

1. Characters are super careful and then they aren't to make the story go in a direction that is unbelievable.
2. The emotions described are unbelievable.
3. I don't care (and they don't matter) when the kids start kissing others or feeling a certain way about a love interest.
4. People don't partner with people in high risk situations if they don't like each other AND they don't trust each other.

Over all, it takes so much away from the story -- that I can't listen anymore and I can't purchase anymore books by her.

Basically, it's not my style, at all.

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  • glenda Goodwitch
  • 25-01-20

Doesn't get better than this!

This series has been an awesome experience. I say experience because it was not than just listening to a book. Although the earlier books gave me more than a little pause and flashes of PTSD, I found joy in the strength of the main character 's evolution and growth. Her dogged persuit of freedom from the chains of past abuse are an inspiration for all of us who have suffered.
Her deep devotion to her children and now partner Sam, has also been touching. Although this is probably the last of this series, I hope that Rachel will follow with other stories of families like the Proctors. I'm sad to see them go, it's was as if they've become close personal friends of mine.

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  • Stacey Conley
  • 27-05-20

Awesome Series

I just love love the whole series 💋❤️ can’t wait for next in series amazing storytelling

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  • Dreamersvill
  • 27-05-20

Loved this thriller!!

Loved the narration and heart pounding storyline. I hope for another continuation. This could be the next tv series.

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  • Sheila
  • 23-05-20

Great series!

I loved it! I love the narrators Ms. Caine chose the perfect cast for each character. i have a toffee business I make toffee while listening to audible books. Ms. Caine I stumbled across the Stillhouse series and I'm glad I did! I hope this not the last book for this series.

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  • Michelle Norman
  • 22-05-20

Long awaited book

This was a good book, one of my favorite authors. I really love these characters and I wonder if she will have another book in this series. I hope so!

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  • Dr. loLafolana
  • 21-05-20

Fills a Void for People Who Miss Buffy

To Ms. Caine: So I dig that the protagonist/hero is a mom-- in fact, that is specifically what drew me to the series-- but for frog's sake, can she stop with the *I have to protect my kids/put my kids first* every third breath??? Also, the whole way that the protagonist has to constantly refer to Lannie, Connor, and Sam using the possessive pronoun *my* makes for a very egocentric character who is always trying to come off as selfless and dedicated to *her* people.
To the narrators: please stop making the characters sound so Whhhhhhhiiiiiiinnnnnyyy. The whole reason V is such a breath of fresh air in the story is because she is someone who IS NOT WHINING. Mmmmk thx.

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  • Debbie Wilson
  • 31-05-20

fantastic

narrated brilliantly. story was captivating. couldn't stop listening to it. a must read. loved it .

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  • wendywoo
  • 21-04-20

STILLHOUSE LAKE

HAVE LOVED THE WHOLE SERIES EDGE OF SEAT THRILLING,WELL READ GREAT CHARACTERS .THE STORY IS DIFFERENT

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-20

Loved every minute

Loved every minute of this series of books hopefully not the last in this series

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  • Fee
  • 07-03-20

Entertaining!

Hopefully unrealistic what one family can endure but enjoyable. Largely pleasant characters but I think they need some serious beach time and then another book?!

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  • Fatfish
  • 11-02-20

Another excellent book on the Stillhouse Lake series.

I really enjoyed this book, the fourth in the series. You could read this as a stand alone book, but it is better if you have read the other three first.

My only criticism would be the narrator of Lanny. He voiced is so forced most of the time as she tries to convey the the situations the she is in. I found this quite off putting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

the whole series is brilliant.

gripping, unable to stop listening, the strength of gwen and her children and the mix of vulnerability. A true portrayal of humanity and a strength a women can endure.

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  • Donna
  • 01-02-20

Brilliant

Another great story from an amazing author, I hope there's more in this series!? Please?!

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  • Gemma
  • 31-01-20

excellent series

found the whole story difficult at times but very engaging. felt the ending was quite quick and it would be nice to have wrapped it up more as that must be the final book now.

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 13-03-20

Another solid sequel!

Loved it. No complaints at all. Just waiting for the next one now. More please!