As always, a big thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel to read and review.
Wow. “Killman Creek”, by Rachel Caine, is the second novel in the Stillwater Lake series, and it did not disappoint. If anything, I found myself even more on the edge of my seat than I had been with her previous novel. Let’s recap, shall we? If you missed my review on “Stillwater Lake”, click here.
As you can see, the end of “Stillwater Lake” left readers with a major cliffhanger. Gwen’s estranged ex-husband, notorious serial killer Melvin, has escaped from prison. Revenge is his ultimate goal, and he has Gwen and his children in his sights. Gwen and her comrade Sam immediately begin a furtive escape with the children in tow. (If you forgot, Sam is the brother of one of Melvin’s victims. He and Gwen forge an unlikely friendship, and ultimately end up forming an alliance, desperate to hunt down and kill Melvin).
However, it becomes very obvious that the problem is far more sinister than even Melvin. There is a dark and ominous presence that is alive and well, and it is up to Gwen and Sam to locate the evil and eliminate it, before it encompasses them all. Gwen and Sam embark on a mission to find Melvin and his cohorts. From here on out, it gets creepier and creepier. Gwen and Sam discover an underground circle of evil and carnage, where murder and death are glorified. Furthermore, rich and powerful people, as well as people who could likely be dwelling in your own neighborhood, are involved in this network. Who can they trust?
Speaking of trust, Gwen and Sam also struggle with their trust of one another. Can Sam really be entrusted to keep Gwen and her children safe? Was Gwen simply an innocent bystander of Melvin’s sadistic murder spree, or could she secretly have been an accomplice? The final showdown at Killman Creek will reveal all of the answers.
Wow. Just…..wow. I thought “Stillwater Lake” was pretty amazing, but “Killman Creek” had me hooked from page one. I found myself questioning Gwen’s intentions more than once during the novel. The idea of a secret enclave of murder and mayhem existing on the internet was also pretty chilling. I flew through this book in a couple of days. I will warn readers that the final scenes at Killman Creek were not for the faint of heart. The culmination of the novel was rather graphic, so if you find it difficult to read about violence or torture, you may need to skip over those scenes. For readers that love a suspenseful and chilling tale, this book is not to be missed.
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And don’t forget to check back in this weekend. I will have a review of my top five book recommendations of 2017.
Have a great hump day, friends!