Stillhouse Lake – Well, there is nothing still about this book. There is tension, anxiety, fear and a feeling of vulnerability ridden across each page. It is a gripping story that keeps the reader going page after page.
Since the beginning the tense atmosphere is established. We know that Gwen is in constant fear of being ‘discovered’ (she is scared for her children more than herself) but somewhere in between the sense of dragging events sets in. The paranoia gets too much at a point with nothing new really happening. Thankfully that does not last long and things do get moving. Of course, since it is a thriller, the events are not very pleasant ones, but they take the plot forward.
The story ends on a cliffhanger and the urge to read the next one is immense. If I get the next in the series now it would be like a binge reading session for me.
By the way, Stillhouse Lake is perfect material for a Netflix series. I won’t be surprised if someday I see it in the form of a television series. Or is it already one? Wait a minute, let me check.
Just googled. No, not yet. But it won’t be long if it is made into one. A very suitable plot and lots of material for multiple seasons.
Stillhouse Lake is the first in a series of five books. Okay, I realised this after having finished the first one, which is this one, when it ended on the cliffhanger note. One reviewer on Goodreads had given the book four stars stating that he would have given five had it not been for the ending. This made me apprehensive of what was approaching. Was I going to be disappointed with the ending? What was so bad that he said so? Well, all my fears were useless. The ending is good enough. For a person who loves thrillers, a cliffhanger ending is not bad. Just gives me added material to read.
Rachel Caine has written this book in a very simple language but at the same time very engaging and engrossing. Melvin’s acts are very heinous but the references to them do not make you flinch. There is no explicit and crude description yet the message comes out loud and clear. Gwen’s paranoia is clearly visible through her acts and the emotions of the children can be seen. Yes, seen. It is so clearly written that words form pictures clearly to be seen by the reader. And a good thing about this thriller, it is not so predictable. Makes reading a lot more interesting.
Now, will I be going for the next in the series, Killman Creek? That is a good question to ask. I think I will take a gap; wait for a bit; read something different and then get back to Gwen. Or… I am not sure. Tomorrow is another day and another book. Which one will it be? That is yet to be decided.