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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

137 of 143 people found this review helpful

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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.

52 of 54 people found this review helpful

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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.

116 of 123 people found this review helpful

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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?

39 of 41 people found this review helpful

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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.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

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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.

96 of 104 people found this review helpful

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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!
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178 of 196 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • Potts Camp, MS 38659
  • 11-01-17

Skip this one

I can't even finish it and I always finish books. The story is just not plausible. I am moving on.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Annoying

Found this story annoying and tedious. The author tried too hard with constant metaphors, distracting listener. Found myself irritated with the heroine, questioning her decisions. This is one to skip.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

38 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilly 50
  • 07-06-17

Gripping

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

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  • stink
  • 01-12-18

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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  • S. Christie
  • 01-20-18

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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  • anne
  • 01-18-18

Excellent listen.

This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it so much I bought the sequel before finishing it!

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  • Sonar
  • 12-26-17

Fantastic

Enthrallingly wonderfully read thriller. The author keeps you gripped from beginning to end with all the twists and turns you would expect from a wonderful story.

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  • welshgirl
  • 12-06-17

couldn't put it down

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely, very well written and narrated, I was on the edge of my seat, great book a must read

Who was your favorite character and why?

her daughter she's grown in strength and is a tuff character but with lots of different sides

What about Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance did you like?

I did

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  • Donna
  • 11-28-17

Another great story!!

well, here's another great book by Rachel Caine, and I loved the performance by the narrator... I thought I had it figured out so many times but the storyline has amazing twists to throw you off...a must read/listen.

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  • Lilian
  • 08-16-17

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

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  • Lyn & Nino
  • 08-13-17

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!!!!

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  • Kerr Neville
  • 08-13-17

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!

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  • Rachel
  • 08-29-17

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
  • 08-04-17

Excellent

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

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  • Deborah Shand
  • 10-31-17

Great story

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