Killman Creek

Killman Creek

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away. Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text… You’re not safe anywhere...

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Killman Creek Reviews

  • Carrie

    Killman Creek by Rachel Caine is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series. 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 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 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.

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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: ...she's someone's daughter.

    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 . . . all color-coded, aligned in precise rows in the drawers.

    Precise in his barbarity.

    There are two other people in the

    EXCERPT: ...she's someone's daughter.

    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 . . . all color-coded, aligned in precise rows in the drawers.

    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

    , and it's horrifying to see that this is just work to them. Just another day.

    THE BLURB: Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

    Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

    You’re not safe anywhere now.

    Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

    But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

    MY THOUGHTS: 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. But I will.

    Action packed, stunning, horrifying, thought provoking, compelling and so damned real! I feel battered and shattered.

    I couldn’t understand why I had never before come across this author. 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.

    Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Killman Creek by Rachel Caine for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  • Susanne Strong

    In “Killman Creek” the sequel to “Stillhouse Lake” Gwen Proctor and her two kids, Lanny, Connor and Sam Cade are back. They survived that harrowing ordeal, barely. Unfortunately, for them, it’s not over. But we knew it wouldn’t be, right? 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

    In “Killman Creek” the sequel to “Stillhouse Lake” Gwen Proctor and her two kids, Lanny, Connor and Sam Cade are back. They survived that harrowing ordeal, barely. Unfortunately, for them, it’s not over. But we knew it wouldn’t be, right? 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 everything she has if she is going to survive this one and fight she will.

    If you haven’t read “Stillhouse Lake” yet, I must ask why? And if you have, and haven't yet read "Killman Creek" what on earth is stopping you?” Go have at it, will ya? I’ll be waiting anxiously for your review because these suspense novels are absolute must-reads. Thank you and goodnight.

    Published on Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter on 1.26.18.

  • Larry H

    I'm at 4.5, maybe 4.75 stars here, but I'll round up.

    After delivering a heart-pounding, stay-up-real-late-to-finish-it thriller with

    (which was one of the

    ), Rachel Caine returns with

    , another adrenaline-boosted installment in this series. Once again, she delivers quite a punch!

    “For years I clung to a terrible fiction of a marriage—a life in which Melvin Royal controlled every aspect of my reality, and I failed to realize or fear it. G

    I'm at 4.5, maybe 4.75 stars here, but I'll round up.

    After delivering a heart-pounding, stay-up-real-late-to-finish-it thriller with

    (which was one of the

    ), Rachel Caine returns with

    , another adrenaline-boosted installment in this series. Once again, she delivers quite a punch!

    “For years I clung to a terrible fiction of a marriage—a life in which Melvin Royal controlled every aspect of my reality, and I failed to realize or fear it. Gina Royal, the old me, the vulnerable me…she and the kids were Melvin’s camouflage for his secret, terrible life. On my side of the wall, I had only known that it all seemed so

    . But it never was, and now that I’ve left Gina Royal behind I clearly see that. I’m not Gina anymore. 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. Mr. and Mrs. Royal. In the end, it always has.”

    Gina Royal seemed to be living the perfect suburban life—loving (although slightly controlling) husband, two beautiful children. 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. After being arrested as his possible accomplice and facing the scrutiny of those who wondered how she could be so oblivious, Gina took the kids and fled, changing their names and hiding where she hoped those who believed she was responsible for her husband’s imprisonment and promised to make her pay couldn’t find her. 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. She cannot—she will not—let him get to them, but she’s more than willing to use herself as bait if she has to.

    Melvin isn’t willing to end Gwen’s anxiety anytime soon, however. Aided by a shadowy group of hackers and thugs, Melvin won’t be happy until he destroys Gwen and everything she holds dear, especially her already-shaky relationship with their children. There comes a point when even Gwen can no longer completely believe she didn’t play a part in Melvin’s crimes, leaving her completely isolated and vulnerable.

    “You never understand how vulnerable you are in this age of social media until something breaks against you, and then…then it’s too late. You can shut down Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; you can change your phone number and your e-mail. Move to new places. But for dedicated tormentors, that isn’t a barrier. It’s a challenge.”

    Is there anyone left for Gwen to depend on, or should she just surrender to Melvin’s manipulations, if it means saving her children? 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?

    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. There are times that you don’t know what is going to happen, or whom you should trust, and there are times you want to scream at the characters for making stupid blunders.

    I’ll admit I would have been happier had the book been narrated just by Gwen and Sam, but I understood the perspectives the kids brought to the story, and the deepening of the narrative by doing so. 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

    , why would you? Start at the beginning and then read this book. You’ll savor two taut thrillers in the hands of a badass writer. I can’t wait for what comes next!!

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  • Emily May

    Going into

    - the sequel to

    - I wasn't

    excited about it. 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

    Going into

    - the sequel to

    - I wasn't

    excited about it. 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. Blah blah.

    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.

    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.

    . After the finale events of

    , 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. It's a true Internet/digital thriller and it is as fascinating as it is scary.

    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.

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  • Berit☀️✨

    Wow! What a follow up to

    ..... i’d strongly encourage you to read the first book before you read this, simply because you might be a little lost and the first book is fabulous as well!

    In this book you not only get Gwen’s perspective but also the perspective of her children Lanny and Connor

    Wow! What a follow up to

    ..... i’d strongly encourage you to read the first book before you read this, simply because you might be a little lost and the first book is fabulous as well!

    In this book you not only get Gwen’s perspective but also the perspective of her children Lanny and Connor...... once again Gwen is a fierce mama bear ready to do anything it takes to protect her children..... but what is the effect on the children? 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..... all this going on while the family is being hunted down by some pretty crazy people!

    The book took you on a crazy journey with plenty of twists and turns I did not see coming..... there also were some pretty tense and uncomfortable moments that had me on the edge of my seat...

    Your question might be then why did you round your 4.5 down rather than up? The only reason is I found there to be a little too much going on at times... and some things were a little hard for me to believe (and I am usually not bothered by this at all)..... perhaps some of this is my naïveté and my desire for there to be more good in the world than bad..... 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? I just don’t know! But that was my only problem, and it was minor and it was personal, so it may not affect you at all.....

    I’d recommend this to all thriller lovers, especially if you have read the first book!

    PS: the ending was perfection!😍

    🎧🎧🎧 you can find my review on the audio narration as well as all the other reviews from my partner in crime and me on our new blog...

  • Sarah Joint

    Warning: this review will obviously contain spoilers for the first book, because this is the sequel. What are you doing here? Go read the first one. Geez.

    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... this time, willingly. When she was in prison fighting to prove he

    Warning: this review will obviously contain spoilers for the first book, because this is the sequel. What are you doing here? Go read the first one. Geez.

    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... this time, willingly. When she was in prison fighting to prove her innocence in connection to her husband's crimes, she had no choice.

    Her husband is on the run after escaping prison. She wants to bring him to justice... though that might not mean prison. 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. Count me in! I'm giving this one a 3.5 rounded up to a 4, mostly because I didn't feel quite as emotionally connected to it as the first. Still a solid story.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    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...and she knows that both of them are all kinds of mentally jacked up. But does she get that break? Nope. She is gonna have to don the cape again so that she and her kids will have even a chance of a normal life.

    ***sorta spoilery if you haven't read the first one**

    Gwen's ex (the crazy ser

    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...and she knows that both of them are all kinds of mentally jacked up. But does she get that break? Nope. She is gonna have to don the cape again so that she and her kids will have even a chance of a normal life.

    ***sorta spoilery if you haven't read the first one**

    Gwen's ex (the crazy serial killer) has escaped prison. 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.

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  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    This is the second book in the “

    series by Rachel Caine. 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.

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    This is the second book in the “

    series by Rachel Caine. 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.

  • Holly  B

    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....no spoilers though!

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