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.
I decided to read this book on impulse. It wasn’t on my TBR but I saw a raving review by Yvonne and knew that I had to check it out. Luckily, my NetGalley request was quickly approved. This book has one of the best prologues that I have ever read. It was so intense that I just had to know how the story would go. Needless to say, the book maintained the same pace throughout.
I really like the setting of the book. Stillhouse Lake is the kind of setting that feels like a character in itself. There is the lake and as always, still waters hold secrets. I just knew that something would happen there. The characters added to the intrigue of the town. I don’t want to reveal much about the plot so I won’t say much about the characters. However, let me just mention that they were well-crafted. In addition, the author portrayed them in a manner that made it hard to pick out the villain(s).
The mystery in the book heightened after the discovery of a body in the lake. I just kept watching and waiting for something bad to happen. I was nervous and my mind was running wild trying to guess the killer. I mean, Gwen’s ex is in jail so who did it? At some point, everyone including the kids, the sheriffs, neighbors, and random strangers online seemed like suspects. The odd thing about this book is that I actually accurately guessed the identity of the villain(s) at some point. However, the author convinced me that I was wrong. She cleverly twisted the plot such that I started suspecting other people so I was still shocked by the reveal. I didn’t expect it when it happened and seriously thought it was perfect.
Now the ending. Good Lord! The final lines of this book had me hooked. I quickly turned the page to see if there is more but there wasn’t. I was haunted by that ending especially since it took a while before I found out that this is actually the first book in a series. I am so excited because I have only read one psychological thriller and this one is off to a great start. I hope the second book will be out soon. I recommend this one to all fans of psychological thrillers.