Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: December 12, 2017
If you didn't read the first book, stop here. This review will spoil some of the first book. I highly recommend reading the books in order. While they could be stand-alone novels, I don't think they should be.
In the sequel to Stillhouse Lake, Gwen's ex-husband, a cunning serial killer, is still out there. His escape from prison went well, and he's making it clear that he's coming for Gwen. She's determined to find him first.
Handing her kids to the only couple she really trusts, Gwen and the brother of one of her husband's victims head off to find Melvin and put an end to his, and his large network of follower's, threats. They're staying a step ahead of her, however, and will do everything they can to end her before she ends Melvin.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Killman Creek is maddening, addicting, and satisfying. Paired with the first novel, the group that Gwen is up against are clearly a bunch of sadistic and smart jerks. I often found myself outraged by the things they manage to pull. This book is no different. The author does a spectacular job at making you completely hate people.
Like the first novel, I found this book hard to put down. I didn't want to walk away and leave Gwen hanging. She's often in tough situations with life hanging in the balance. Waking up at 3 a.m., I decided to give up on sleep and finish reading the book instead. It will be a long day, but it was worth it.
RTR's Bottom Line
I want to hope that this is it now. I have this feeling, however, that this series will continue. It's a mix of really disturbing characters, truly likable ones, and a pace that never lets up until you read the final sentence. If you want creepy, intense, and gripping, Killman Creek is a must!