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Stillhouse Lake

Written by: Rachel Caine
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Stillhouse Lake
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.

Gina Royal is the definition of average - a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor - the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed - or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

©2017 Rachel Caine LLC (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Critic Reviews

A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist, Mystery & Thriller

"In this rapid-fire thriller...Caine spins a powerful story of maternal love and individual self-realization." --Publishers Weekly

"Stillhouse Lake is a true nail-biter right up to the end." --Fresh Fiction 

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A moderately good thriller

I was expecting a mind-blowing read, but it turned out to be just ok.

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Exceptional Book

Loved this book so much. I never knew about Rachel Caine before this. the way she has written the situations in the book are fantastic.
they are not too detailed like , "a pin drop silence was understatement for the ambience around her in the middle of the night, she thought the silence was so deafening that she could even hear the fly and it's wings flapping"
and it wasn't blunt like , it was midnight and it was dark and silent", she wrote the most accurate level of details that makes the story super interesting (FYI I made those sentences up, they are not spoilers...)
many instances in the book has showed how Gina Royale was a very strong woman and that portrait of her is phenomenal and it's on the line thru out.
just loved the book so much.

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It’s good...

Liked the book, the narrator is also good. But for the story it could be better...saw few twists coming beforehand. But overall a good experience.

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  • shelley
  • 02-07-17

Outstanding book! A must for suspense lovers...

This is an excellent book. The suspense is palpable and the build up is superb. This story is so realistic and so believable and so frustrating! My heart goes out to this woman even knowing that she is only a figment of the author's imagination.
Here she is happily going about her life not knowing that her husband is a serial killer. When the truth comes out accidentally she is called his helper and put on trial as an accomplice. She is acquitted but it doesn't matter to the townspeople or the internet stalkers, all those who believe she truly is guilty.
She changes her name, learns how to handle a gun and begins moving from place to place trying to stay anonymous. Somehow she keeps being tracked down and her ex husband continues to send her letters from behind bars.
When first one then a second body turns up at the lake she is living on, she once again finds herself the center of attention and a suspect in the murders.
This is an author I will definitely watch for new books.
Emily Sutton-Smith does a fabulous job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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  • Patti L
  • 18-07-17

Too much

Too much goriness
Too much repetition
Leaves you hanging at the end ( sounds like the start of a series)
And did I say too much repetition of the same gory scene description.

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  • shopinshop
  • 13-07-17

Am I the only one...?

After reading the reviews I decided to use a very precious credit for this book. In particular, several reviewers commented positively on the narrator. Am I the only that struggled with the narration? Ms. Sutton-Smith's voice is good, but the cadence felt all wrong to me. Certain sentences, or sometimes just words spoken too slowly and with a sharp enunciation that felt robotic. It just felt odd that it would randomly happen. I found it distracting to the story. Perhaps it was due to editing more than the narrator?
The story itself was decent and the characters were believable. The heroine was a strong woman and a helluva mother. The family dynamics rang true and the author definitely did well there.
Well played plot twists, and nice suspense.
Overall, a decent use of a credit.

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  • marchon
  • 19-10-17

How does this book have so many stars?

After reading many of the positive reviews I decided to purchase and listen to Stillhouse Lake. I was so excited with the Summary being right up my alley. Wish I could take that back, I am so disappointed! I feel like the narrator didn't have much to work with, the story was ridiculous, I almost stopped listening half way through but decided to push on hoping it would get better. It dragged on and on until, FINALLY, something happened and then left us at a cliff hanger..... The author did not use the intro to really introduce anything and the middle was so boring only the end did anything really happen and then she left us on a cliff hanger? CMON this boring book does not need to be stretched into two! One instance I can remember rolling my eyes is when the main character all worked up asked the man she was sorta dating if he had a gun and to watch her kids. She had initially met this character at a shooting range and knew he was ex military.... like hello yes he has a gun am I the only one keeping up? It felt so forced to me, the whole book. Felt like the author forced an awkward love interest into the book; and that she did little to no research on guns the way she kept repeating the same safety rule like a broken record. Seriously she explained that a gun had to be facing away with the chamber up probably 4 times throughout the book. Save your credit this is not a psychological suspense thriller.

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  • friendlykitty
  • 20-09-17

imagine Capt. Kirk as a cheerleader

Struggled to finish. The narrator sounded like a female Captain Kirk. The main character spent the whole book talking herself up while making unrealistic and often stupid decisions.

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  • Jennifer Toney
  • 22-09-17

Boring. dumb. Sooooo drawn out save your money

This book was insanely boring. Not only was the narrator completely monotone for 13 hours the story kept repeating itself. Every chapter was the same paranoid character talking about saving her kids and hiding. There was zero drama, very little plot and incredibly repetitive dialogue. I kept waiting for it to get better and it came up beyond short. Definitely NOT recommending.

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  • Wayne
  • 04-07-17

Incredible level of sustained suspense!

For those who like psychological suspense thrillers Stillhouse Lake is a must listen. The book was a Kindle First choice for May 2017. I read it then and anxiously awaited the audio book. Rachel Caine has been writing books for nearly two decades. Stillhouse Lake is the first novel of hers that I have enjoyed. Emily Sutton-Smith's narration is flawless.

I repeat, this novel is and outstanding psychological thriller with lots of action and sustained suspense so strong as to be incredible. It is also a great mystery novel. It is a MUST LISTEN NOVEL.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 17-07-17

Fast Paced Thriller, Ingenious Web of Deceit

The wife and children of a serial killer find themselves on the run after he is discovered and arrested. It seems no one believes his wife is innocent, including police, familes of the victims, the media and, most dangerous of all, hackers.

This is a fast paced suspense novel with ingenious twists. The characters are well developed and the plot is well conceived.

Emily Sutton-Smith is excellent.

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  • Kandi M. Burlingame
  • 08-07-17

Cliffhanger

I was not aware that this book is number one of a series. This book ends on a bit of a Cliffhanger.
I wish that was clearly stated when I purchased it. Otherwise, it was a good book & I finished it in a day & a half.

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  • Julie
  • 29-07-17

Like listening to Siri reading a book to you.

What did you like best about Stillhouse Lake? What did you like least?

I almost returned this book immediately, but I was on a road trip and had nothing else to listen to. The narrator talks in a monotone. It's like listening to Siri reading a book to you. It's hard to see past the terrible performance, but really the story wasn't very good either. None of the characters were believable, and there was no suspense. How is this a best seller?

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  • stink
  • 12-01-18

Great

Wow I really enjoyed this book fast passed and engaging can't wait to carry on with the rest of the series,if you like thrillers you should enjoy this so give it ago ,and the narrator was perfect.🐕🐕🐕🐕

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  • Gilly 50
  • 06-07-17

Gripping

The story is a brilliant one for a long distance drive: engaging and exciting. Reading is excellent.

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  • tony
  • 28-02-18

Not often that the sequel matches the original!

Part two of this story continues to grip the reader and the relationships between all of the characters is believable- flaws and all!

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  • S. Christie
  • 20-01-18

Absolutely gripping

Very much enjoyed this book. A complete page turner. I was so completely hooked that I listened to it all in one sitting. Couldn’t put it down. I have just downloaded the sequel, and can’t wait to get started. I totally recommend.

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  • Jaine
  • 25-08-18

Excellent

Had me on the edge of my seat...housework got left until I finished...loved it

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  • Flea bean
  • 30-09-19

could not stop listening

A really good thriller from the first page until the last. Good depth in characters. The plot was clever with numerous suspects.

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  • Ian Broadhead
  • 07-11-18

You have to read this book

Excellent story with a great twist at the end and hopefully another book. You have to make this book a definite read

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  • trulymadlysalsa
  • 04-04-19

Excellent book, marred only by one implausibility

Well written, held interest well. A couple of minor unbelievable actions by the main character were the only downside. Enjoyed this.

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  • Haych
  • 31-07-18

Addictive

A great book. As a lover of Morganville i was unsure about reading a different series but i would recommend this book. It covers every emotion in a gripping, imaginative story.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 03-04-18

A skinny mass murderer

A really good suspense thriller. Both exciting and entertaining it’s a good story line with lots of twists and turns. Surprise ending though

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  • Rachel
  • 29-08-17

HOOKED FROM BEGINNING TO END.

I dont often write reviews but this one surprised me enough to let you all know how utterly I was entranced by this author. There was no slow lead up or "getting to know characters" that you may see with other books... from the start of the book she had you finding every second you could find to see what happens next. Believable and suspenseful with great character definition and not a cliche in sight.
Narrator did an good job and i enjoyed listening to her. No issues here and i read other reviews wondering why they marked the narrator badly??
It is the beginning of a series but the story itself does not leave me feeling that it is unfinished... just makes me look forward to more from Rachel Caine with this genre.
EXCELLENT BOOK, WELL WRITTEN
CLEAR AND EASY TO LISTEN TO NARRATOR.

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  • Maree Smith
  • 04-08-17

Excellent

I very much enjoyed listening to this book and I liked Emily Sutton-Smiths reading style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-20

A strog female protagonist fights against the worl

Loved it.
The story line is predictable, but overall 4/5 stars. A strong female protagonist that doesnt end up being saved by a man = win!
Predictable but entertaining.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 14-12-19

Kill killer

I persevered with this story but I couldn’t recommend it as it’s pretty obvious. Too many holes in the story for it to be believable. Bit silly really.

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  • sam
  • 03-01-19

A great story

Had me hooked from beginning to end. Best I've listened to in quite a while.

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  • Scott
  • 12-07-18

Amazing story, loved every minute

I absolutely loved this story, great characters, great twists and turns, brilliant performance. Highly recommended.

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  • Trudibubble
  • 16-06-18

Loved it !!!!!

Nothing but good things to say about this book (I listen on audible). Kept me engrossed from first minute to last. Stoked I already have the new one downloaded.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-18

FANTASTIC!!

Absolutely loved it and plan on reading it again. I bought the second book half way through the first one and already can't wait for the third.

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  • Deborah Shand
  • 31-10-17

Great story

Narrator’s voice sounds computerised, but you get used to it. Great story. Worth a listen.