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Stillhouse Lake Audiobook

Stillhouse Lake

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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

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 07-02-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 07-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "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!
    If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
    Thank You.

    105 of 110 people found this review helpful
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    AnnieDetroit Columbus Ohio 07-01-17
    AnnieDetroit Columbus Ohio 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow! I LOVED this book and audio book!"

    With my long time love, Patricia Cornwell, of Scarpetta fame, struggling to get back on her feet after a couple yawners, I was thrilled to find Rachel Caine's pistol packin' Mama blast onto the literary scene, with kids and dog in tow . Emily Sutton Smith is a great addition to the written work, and not wanting to spoil anything, I'll just say, "Read it, you'll LOVE it!"

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    shopinshop 07-13-17
    shopinshop 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    44 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-24-17
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-24-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard To Put Down"

    No doubt about it, Rachel Caine is a fantastic writer. Her characters are well-developed and the descriptions she uses are detailed enough, but not so overly detailed that you feel like dosing off, like so many authors today. I, somewhat reluctantly, chose this as my Kindle first selection for June. I thought this would be an ordinary, run-of-the-mill thriller and I've read so many of those that it takes a lot to impress me. This one definitely did!

    The main critique of this book from other readers is this is a thriller with a cliffhanger at the end. I would argue otherwise. In addition to being a thriller, this book is a "who-dunnit" too. The who-dunnit part is resolved at the end of the book--I won't describe that here, as I don't want to include spoilers. I definitely think this book can be read alone without reading any follow-ups in the series, as the person(s) who were going after Gwen and her family are revealed at the end of the book.To each his own, I suppose, but I think this book is fine as a stand-alone.

    Why did I give it four stars instead of five? Like I said earlier, I've read a lot of thrillers, so I'm pretty astute and figuring out the antagonist fairly early in the story and that was the case for me with Stillhouse Lake. That is the one and only reason why it was not a five star book for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to the second book due to come out at the end of 2017.




    Emily Sutton-Smith was truly outstanding with the delivery of the story

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-17-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Mike 07-31-17
    Mike 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good story except......."

    good story but the Narrator/reader sounds like a robot, flat and no emotion. hard to listen to.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-04-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Edge of the seat read"
    If you could sum up Stillhouse Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, shocking, believable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stillhouse Lake?

    A mom's love for children. Her perseverance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding her children and putting all the pieces together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed very little. Brought to tears several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Got this book as a Prime member First Reads offer in June 2017. Purchased audible narration and waited until July 1st to read.

    Highly recommend this book.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Kandi M. Burlingame Illinois, USA 07-08-17
    Kandi M. Burlingame Illinois, USA 07-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Mel 08-12-17
    Mel 08-12-17 Member Since 2009
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    "What World is This?"

    If you can buy into the premise that a husband can set up a state of the art torture chamber in the garage attached to his family home in a suburban neighborhood; order the wife to park the family SUV in the driveway; that the Missus or the kids will never wonder what's behind the locked sound-proof doors...you have passed the first of many hurdles to enjoying this book. I won't go into the tortured females whose bodies this husband is able to move in and out of the neighborhood unnoticed, or once caught and sent to prison the battalion of minions the monster has accumulated that seem able to do his bidding as if they have daily contact with the guy in spite of his being incarcerated in a maximum security prison. We need this group of mastermind sickos in No. Korea or the Middle East.

    Is it entertaining? Sure...if you're tired of watching your meter spin while your air conditioner runs -- it's been a slow summer as far as new releases go. But if autumn continues on this path, I'm giving up reading, or at least sticking strictly to the classics.

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    7/6/17
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    "Gripping"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lilian
    8/16/17
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    "The best book I've read all year"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's compelling, full of plot and character, an enthralling read, can't wait for the sequel


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyn & Nino
    8/13/17
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    "mind-blowing! heartpounding! exciting! thrilling!"

    Having just finished listening to this book through audible I am still reeling from the ending and I hope there is a second book that will carry this story on! The last couple of chapters packed so many punches and surprises my mouth actually popped open in shock! I can honestly say that this is the best book I have read all year and I want to rave about it so much but that will give away key details of this book and you really need to experience the surprises for yourself!


    If people reading this review have read this authors other books do not expect it to be like Morganville….. I adore those books and this one is even better although completely different. It doesn't matter what genre people normally read,  this is a book that NEEDS to be read by everyone so matter their age or sex( not younger readers). This books you the chills, the goosebumps and makes your heart race! I also thought that was very unique and extremely interesting to read it from the other side, by that I mean how the families of the criminals are affected and I liked that the author had the courage to write about this side of it. I have so much respect for this author and the way she is able to create this story with all the twists and turns in it is mind-blowing,  not to mention all the different dynamics of each individual character. This takes a true master of writing to pull this off, and that she has most definitely done!


    Its obvious how much I adored this book and I would give it more than 5* if I could and if readers are going to read anything this year, this book has got to be on the list!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerr Neville
    8/13/17
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    "Gripping"

    I liked everything about this book.
    It was well performed
    And a great roller coaster ride that had you on the edge of your seat.
    GREAT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelialegbar 💗
    Suffolk
    8/9/17
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent story with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, can't wait for book two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J P
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    7/14/17
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    "well..."

    waiting in anticipation for the next in the series. Very much enjoyed this. Will be looking at the authors other titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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