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Free Fall from the Edge of Space. The action, the motivation, the characters kept pushing themselves forth in your mind until you felt exactly what it was they were feeling and doing. Blink, and he's on the street. Mystery of Mortlake Mansion. I definitely enjoyed Melvin Royals ability to continue to be so sinister! Dec 06, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves:
To ask other readers questions about Killman Creek , please sign up. I'm listening to this now. Does the dog die? If no one has answered this before I finish, I'll post it myself! Gerry Hvozdovich No, the dog makes it. It says it is coming out in December, how does it already have 1 review? Can I get it earlier? Danielle The Blonde Likes Books Bloggers, librarians, and other media outlets have the opportunity to get some books as advanced copies, in order to help generate buzz around …more Bloggers, librarians, and other media outlets have the opportunity to get some books as advanced copies, in order to help generate buzz around upcoming books.
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Lists with This Book. Jul 17, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: Melvin Royal stalks me in the brief darkness when I close my eyes. Blink, and he's on the street. Blink, and he's walking up the stairs of the motel to the second floor's open walkway.
Blink, and he's outside the door. I really enjoyed the first book but I figured, given how things were left at the end, this sequel would be a standard game of cat and mouse until eventually the bad guy was caught Melvin Royal stalks me in the brief darkness when I close my eyes.
I really enjoyed the first book but I figured, given how things were left at the end, this sequel would be a standard game of cat and mouse until eventually the bad guy was caught and everyone lived happily ever after.
I did not expect it to get so nasty. I did not imagine how dark this book would become. In many ways, it's a horrible book; full of moments that made me feel furious and sad and helpless. Needless to say, I couldn't put it down. Killman Creek differs from the first in that it is more action-packed, more full of pulse-pounding moments of terror, and there are four perspectives.
I'm not usually a fan of multiple perspectives, especially more than two, but it worked well here. Seeing Gwen through the eyes of Sam, Lanny and Connor, feeling their doubt over her trustworthiness, was a big part of this book.
Having gotten a glimpse into the minds of these characters, I'm even more eager to see this series expanded into more books. I felt for Gwen deeply. After the finale events of Stillhouse Lake , she is desperate to protect her kids whatever the cost.
Her drive, her pain, and her venom are believable as she hunts down a monster. I was equal parts upset, terrified and furious as she is once again falsely implicated in her husband's disgusting crimes. If it grated on you in the first book, believe me when I say-- it's a whole new level here.
It's a very discomfiting book overall. Caine takes us into the horrible corners of the dark net, into a world of child pornography, torture and snuff films. She shows the lengths Internet trolls will go to, and the depths of their cruelty.
For me, this is very much a "thriller", as opposed to a "mystery". There is very little crime-solving and very few surprises, but it is extremely gripping and emotive from start to finish. The ending wraps everything up well, but there are some vague hints at the possibility of more. I hope there will be. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 17 comments. Feb 17, Deanna rated it really liked it. My reviews can also be seen at: I really enjoyed the first novel.
However, it did end with a cliffhanger which normally would have driven me up the wall. Thankfully I had this book ready to go. Although this could be read as a stand-alone book, I really think it would be much more enjoyable if you read the first novel too.
Having the background of the story and the characters would def. Having the background of the story and the characters would definitely add to the enjoyment. We catch up with Gwen who has been on edge since receiving a terrifying text: Even her children, Lanny and Connor, seem to be hiding something.
Gina would have been afraid of Melvin hunting for her… but Gwen? I am Gwen now. However, this book has many pov's. This worked out well for me and I especially liked hearing from Lanny and Connor.
I think the author did a great job of portraying how conflicted they were. Most thrillers would probably be boring if everything was entirely believable, but there were a few things that I thought were a bit over the top. However, I was completely engrossed in the story, flipping pages as fast as I could. As with book one, there are some pretty violent and graphic scenes…but again I was able to skim over them without missing much of the plot.
Book one in the series was intense but I felt like this one took it up about twenty notches. I just wish I had the next book in the series. View all 59 comments. What a follow up to Stillhouse Lake What would it be like to find out you were married to a serial killer? Or even more frightening What would it be like to find out you are the child of a serial killer?
All this running and hiding and secrecy? My heart really broke for the kids, I think Gwen was doing all she could, but what a hard childhood this would be Lanny just wanted to be a normal teenager and reconnect with her BFF Connor was struggling to wrap his head around the fact that the dad he remembered was a serial killer The book took you on a crazy journey with plenty of twists and turns I did not see coming Your question might be then why did you round your 4.
The only reason is I found there to be a little too much going on at times I guess for me a girl who likes to read about crazy, there are just way too many nuts in this book! Or maybe I needed the perspective from one of the crazies?
But that was my only problem, and it was minor and it was personal, so it may not affect you at all View all 31 comments. Jan 16, Larry H rated it it was amazing. After delivering a heart-pounding, stay-up-real-late-to-finish-it thriller with Stillhouse Lake which was one of the best books I read last year , Rachel Caine returns with Killman Creek , another adrenaline-boosted installment in this series. Once again, she delivers quite a punch!
G I'm at 4. On my side of the wall, I had only known that it all seemed so normal. Gina was tentative and worried and weak. Gina would be afraid that Melvin would come hunting for her. Gwen Proctor is ready for him. I know in my heart that it all comes down to us.
In the end, it always has. Then one day that illusion shattered when she and the world realized Melvin was a brutal murderer, and he perpetrated his crimes in their garage. Gina became Gwen Proctor, a kickass, take-no-prisoners, fiercely protective mother. But even when they thought they found security in idyllic Stillhouse Lake, that illusion was again shattered.
And although she wants to flee with her kids again, when she learns that Melvin has escaped from prison, she knows that he will stop at nothing to find her and the kids.
You can shut down Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; you can change your phone number and your e-mail. Move to new places. Will that even satisfy him? And as far as the kids are concerned, do they know whom they can trust? Will their decisions lead them into the trouble their mother warned them about, or will they realize a different truth about her, too?
Killman Creek is an excellent follow-up novel, nearly as strong as its predecessor. In this book, Caine shifts narration between Gwen, her kids, and Sam Cade, the mysterious man the family has called friend even though his motivations are questionable. Caine is one terrific writer. She can balance razor-sharp action, nail-biting suspense, and moments of actual emotion, as she explores what hell Melvin hath wrought, and its effect on everyone involved in the story. As annoying as some of their actions were, they seemed true-to-life, especially for kids in the middle of such a maelstrom.
While you can read this book without reading Stillhouse Lake , why would you? Start at the beginning and then read this book.
See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria. View all 21 comments. Another solid installment in the series. However, Killman Creek was everything I wanted it to be for the most part. Instead of trying to turn this into a twisty mystery, it took the straightforward thriller approach. I found the ending satisfying, especially the final chapter that occurs one month after the big showdown.
Really looking forward to the next book and interested to see where it goes! View all 13 comments. Jan 26, Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves: They survived that harrowing ordeal, barely. And this time, everything has been thrown at Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor. So much so that it is tearing them apart, picking them apart even. Using everything possible to wear them down.
Gwen needs to fight with e 4. Gwen needs to fight with everything she has if she is going to survive this one and fight she will. All I can say is hold on to your freakin hats my friends. Sometimes all at the same exact time. I was beside myself, exasperated, scared half to death and hoping against hope. How it turned out? And if you have, and haven't yet read "Killman Creek" what on earth is stopping you?
Thank you and goodnight. Published on Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 1. View all 32 comments. Jun 16, RedemptionDenied rated it really liked it Shelves: This has the same format, as another book, I read, recently: We don't have Melvins' perspective, though.
Probably because, it would kill the suspense aspect of the story. The sequel starts on the twelve night Gwen's perspective after the events of book one. Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor are in a motel room - when she receives a court This has the same format, as another book, I read, recently: Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor are in a motel room - when she receives a courtesy text from Absalom, which reads: He's on the loose and he wants to play. He likes to taunt her; toy with her, every so often.
He makes it abundantly clear, as to what he wants to do - to her. She makes it abundantly clear, that there's no need for him to come to her: The hunter has become the hunted. It's a case of who is going to get to who first. With the FBI and the Police in every state, adjoining Kansas, hunting him down, he needs to keep a low profile. And so it begins.
As she can't take Lanny and Connor with her and Sam, on their venture, she needs to find a safe haven for them, before setting off. Somewhere safe, from her ex, with someone she trusts, implicitly. Lanny wants to stay and fight. Connor wants to read. They don't want to split-up and leave their mother, but understand the ramifications if they don't.
Sam gets a call from his FBI buddy Mike Lustig - about the possible location of someone affiliated with Absalom, which leads them to Markerville a dilapidated town that doesn't exist anymore , Tennesse - looking for Arden Miller. And who is Absalom? Or is Absalom a collective of master hackers? Anyway, this is where it starts to get crazier and crazier. Gwen has her work cut-out for her in the sequel; especially when Sam, Lanny and Connor, see something, which makes them question if they really know who Gwen is.
It's something that has her questioning herself, too. And she soon finds herself in a very lonely place. Who can be trusted? I enjoyed the sequel as much as the first book in the series. Maybe, more, at times. The characters' had me seething, with their bad decision-making, sense of reasoning, thought-processing, gambits, and betrayal. There's also an unlikely ally, which adds an intriguing twist to the story.
I wouldn't say this ends on a cliffhanger, as such. At least, not like book one, but I think one of the characters' made a fundamental mistake - at the end - possible missed opportunity. As to what that is, I have no idea. But I believe it's something, significant. I'll have to wait until 29th March for Wolfhunter River to be released - to find out. At the end of the book, the author provides the soundtrack that inspired her, whilst writing the sequel: Sinai," The Stone Foxes.
I may add to the playlist. If I think of something else. View all 28 comments. Poor Gwen, she just survived some crazy stuff from book one of this series and then there is the fact that she was married to a big old serial killer and had no clue. She just wants a calm life with her kids But does she get that break? She is gonna have to don the cape again so that she and her kids will have even a chance of a normal life.
Gwen knows it is just a matter of time before hubby dear makes an appearance at her door. Because he thinks Gwen is still the meek little church mouse that was married to him. He is in for a big old surprise, because Gwen is not waiting for him. She is hunting him. I flipping loved these books! I think this one is my favorite of the two but they still both qualify in the "it was goooood" category.
I'd have handed out the full five stars on this one except for one thing that bugged me. Netgalley in exchange for review. View all 14 comments. Nov 24, Carrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first book in the series, Stillhouse Lake, introduced readers to Gwen Proctor who had gone into hiding with her two children after it was found that her husband was a serial killer. The trio had been on the run for several years not only trying to make sure that her husband who had gone to prison wouldn't know of their whereabouts but also the vigilantes that thought Gwen was an accomplice to the killings instead Killman Creek by Rachel Caine is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series.
The trio had been on the run for several years not only trying to make sure that her husband who had gone to prison wouldn't know of their whereabouts but also the vigilantes that thought Gwen was an accomplice to the killings instead of an innocent housewife.
Now in Killman Creek the story picks up shortly after the ending of the first book with Gwen trying to decide how to proceed now with her husband having escaped from prison. Gwen is tired of running and hiding and wants to put down roots in Stillhouse Lake with her kids but first she needs to find her ex, Melvin Royal, and make sure he never hurts anyone again.
With the help of her friend, Sam Cade, the brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen decides to turn the tables and go on the hunt for Melvin and his network of psychotic accomplices. After finishing the first book of this series I was completely in love with Gwen, her children and their story. Focusing on the family left behind of a captured serial killer the author did a wonderful job making it feel realistic with the way they had been tried in the media and online and lived in fear that someone out there would go after them for revenge or vigilante justice.
I was curious if the intensity of the story would carry over into the second book and I'm happy to say that it certainly did. This second book is done a bit differently from the first in the fact that now the family is being split apart so the story also does so with the point of view changing between the characters.
Not only does Gwen have a voice and viewpoint but so do her children and the man they had come to rely on in the first book, Sam Cade. This gave a wonderful depth to the story and allowed the author to expand the action. The twists and turns that I came to expect from the first book were still there and never failed to keep the pages turning. This definitely is a series I'd recommend to the thriller fans out there and I do hope the author continues the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https: View all 16 comments. She's standing on the balls of her feet, straining to keep her balance, because if she relaxes at all, the noose bites into her neck. It's deliberate and cruel and finely calculated, just like the tools hung on pegboard, arrayed in order on the walls.
On the wooden workbench, toolboxes stand open to display wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers. Precise in his barbarity. There are two other people in the room. One man adjusts lighting, ignoring the girl and her horrible struggle. Another one adjusts the focus on a video camera on a tripod.
Both look completely normal , and it's horrifying to see that this is just work to them. My first encounter with author Rachel Caine and the second book in her Stillhouse Lake series, Killman Creek, just blew me away. And I haven't read the first in the series. Action packed, stunning, horrifying, thought provoking, compelling and so damned real!
I feel battered and shattered. Looking her up, she is a prolific writer, but this is a new genre for her. I hope it is one she will continue with. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday. Jan 27, Holly B rated it liked it Shelves: I'm not going to review this one because of fear of spoilers and I can't talk about this one without spoiling the first one!
I loved the first one Stillhouse Lake 1 and not so much this one. I'm in the minority as most liked this one more!! Perhaps this one was too dark for me or too graphic, but I think it was just predictable and not very believable for me.
I do love the character of Gwen and I did like how it ended View all 26 comments. Dec 11, Sarah Joint rated it really liked it. What are you doing here? Go read the first one. Action-packed but emotional, this is basically the sequel I was expecting after reading the first one. I liked the first book a little more, maybe because I felt more connected to the characters because they were all together. In this story, Gwen is separate from her children When she was in prison fighting to prove he Warning: When she was in prison fighting to prove her innocence in connection to her husband's crimes, she had no choice.
This time, she's made her own choice She wants to be the hunter. Her husband is on the run after escaping prison. She wants to bring him to justice He escaped once, he can do it again. Infamous, he has followers and helpers all over the country. She's sick of running, tired of uprooting her children and being a constant source of disappointment. They will only feel safe when Melvin, sadistic serial killer and her ex-husband, is gone.
She leaves her two kids with two friends of the family, both strong individuals willing to help. Though it's important that they stay inside and remain unseen to stay safe, they quickly go stir-crazy. They're both still young, and their lives are endlessly complicated. With help from Sam, who is almost as determined to find Melvin as Gwen is, having lost his sister to this monster, can Gwen find Melvin before he finds their children or her?
At times pulse-pounding and nerve-racking, this is a quick and enjoyable read. Though it has no blurb yet, there will be some kind of follow-up. I'm giving this one a 3. Still a solid story. My review is honest and unbiased. Nov 13, Marialyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Calling all those readers who love thrillers, tense drama, family love, and chills down your spine.
This was a book that had it all. The action, the motivation, the characters kept pushing themselves forth in your mind until you felt exactly what it was they were feeling and doing. While you may think that this could never happen, just remember too that " A psychopath is born every 47 seconds. Kiehl Gwen was married to a killer, a psychopath, a father to her children,, and a man who ha Calling all those readers who love thrillers, tense drama, family love, and chills down your spine.
Kiehl Gwen was married to a killer, a psychopath, a father to her children,, and a man who has just escaped from prison.
Gwen knows she and her family are his target and she also knows that she will do everything she can to keep the monster, her husband, away from all who are loved by her. However, Melvin Royal, her ex husband, the serial killer of nightmares, is hell bent on finding her and extracting his hours of macabre pleasure from her demise.
Melvin has a following and yes, here shades of that TV series, The Following, will definitely come to mind. He has what seems likes limitless resources to accomplish his goal. Will success be his? Will he find Gwen or will she and her friend Sam, find him? Will what Gwen and Sam uncover ever be put to right? Will they and her family ever be right again? The action never lets up in this novel. There is never a dull moment as we see Gwen's bravery, toughness, and family love come to the forefront as she eventually confronts the demon that is her ex husband.
For those who love novels that keep the pages turning, mind game playing, and the midnight oil burning this is certainly a book for you. It was quite a harrowing experience! View all 18 comments. May 09, R. Mission in Space the lost colony. Monkey Go Happy Mini Monkeys 2. Mr Ray and the Missing Colours. Perfect Balance 3 Last Trials. Power Rangers Mystic Training. Presidential Street Fight Reincarnation A Taste Of Evil. Reincarnation All Hallows Evil.
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