So many of my favorite book bloggers and bookstagrammers recommended Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine but it fell flat for me, despite its premise.
This thriller has a fascinating setup: Gina Royal, a mousy Midwestern housewife, discovers her husband is a serial killer when a car drives into their garage and exposes his latest victim. “I’d been a tool, like the saws and hammers and knives in his workshop. I’d been his camouflage,” she reflects.
With her husband incarcerated, Gina reinvents herself as Gwen Proctor—a badass, gun-carrying mom—and settles in a remote town. But just when she thinks her kids might be able to experience a normal childhood, a body turns up in the lake behind her house.
As much as I looked forward to the Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs meets Sarah Connor from the Terminator framework, the book lacked substance for me. For the majority of it I felt like I was witnessing an action movie—graphic and shallow with no real character development or surprise.
If you're looking or a satisfying novel about a psychotic serial killer, I highly recommend You and its sequel Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes instead.
Best paired with liver and onions, served with a nice pinot noir.