**If you plan on reading the first two books in the “Stillhouse Lake” series, you might want to hold off on reading this review.
I will tell you that this is a series that I highly recommend.
I have been looking forward to reading this since finishing “Killman Creek“, the previous book in the series.
The book starts with the shocking kidnapping of a six-year-old girl. I was pulled right in.
The story then turns to Gwen Proctor. Gwen is staring into the dark eye of a TV camera. The camera reminds her of very bad things. It reminds her of her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal. “I see my ex and his horrible smile. I see blood.”
The newspapers are still reporting what happened months earlier. “Shootout in murder house!” The newspaper always mentions that Gwen was once arrested as Melvin Royal’s accomplice, but they almost never remember to say that she was acquitted. She has decided she wants to set the record straight. She chose “The Howie Hamlin Show” because Howie appeared to have a good reputation.
Unfortunately, the interview does NOT go as planned. It’s more like an interrogation. Then Howie asks Gwen if she knows about the documentary…
When he introduces his next guest, things go from bad to worse.
All Gwen wants is for her family to be happy and safe. But the normal life she craves seems so far out of reach. Then there’s Sam. There’s so much they need to talk about.
When the landline rings one night, Gwen is hesitant to pick it up. Most of the calls she gets are people making threats and yelling abuse. But she also gets calls from people asking for advice or help.
“Please, I’m begging you. Please answer me. I don’t know where else I’m supposed to turn.”
Gwen listens as the woman leaves a message. Just as the woman is about to hang up, Gwen picks up. The woman, Marlene Crockett is from a small town called Wolfhunter. She sounds terrified but she’s vague when answering Gwen’s questions. When Marlene suddenly hangs up, Gwen wonders if she was trying to lure her to Wolfhunter.
Gwen tries to put the call out of her mind. But a few days later, the phone rings again. What Gwen hears shocks her. Soon she’s heading for Wolfhunter. She wants to help.
“You can’t take on trouble in a strange town. You don’t know the players or the people. And you’ve got no stake in this thing”
Will Gwen be able to help and keep herself and her family safe?
I really enjoyed this book! It has a great plot with a lot of excellent characters (old and new). Quite a few of the characters from books one and two make an appearance.
The majority of the storyline is told from Gwen’s point of view but there are also a few chapters from other characters. I thought that the multiple storylines were interesting. Some very intense moments had me holding my breath.
I think the book could be read as a standalone. However, a lot happened in books one and two so readers might enjoy it more if they read the entire series.
This was another great chapter in the “Stillhouse Lake” series. I can’t wait to read more!
I’d like to thank Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.