Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith, Dan John Miller, Will Ropp, Lauren Ezzo
Series: Stillhouse Lake #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on December 12, 2017
Length: 11 hours, 55 minutes
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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.
This is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series. It follows Gwen Proctor and her two kids who are running from her serial killer ex-husband and the online trolls that worship him. In the first book, the entire thing was told by Gwen. This book is told by Gwen, her two kids, Lanny and Conner and Sam Cade, a neighbor and friend.
I enjoyed this story. Gwen’s husband, Melvin Royal, has escaped from prison, so Gwen is on the run again. But this time, she’s not hiding. She’s going after Melvin with the help of Cade. She has friends keep an eye on her teenage kids while she’s on this mission.
I say I enjoyed this story, and I do. However, I don’t think it was as good as the first book. Is it because of the multiple POVs?? Is it because the chance and mystery isn’t as good as the first book? Is it because the suspense wasn’t as good? I really don’t know. I guess you could just boil it down to some books being better than others, even when you can’t name why. They can’t all be the best, or it will mean nothing to be “best”.
I will also say I felt that this book ended in a really good spot. I don’t want to give anything away, but I felt in a pretty good spot at the end of this book. I honestly can’t say if I will buy the next book or not. I don’t think it would be a bad story, but I have a limited amount of time for a limited number of books. There’s so many books out there I want to read. I guess I’m not writing this series completely off. But I have to pause before trying the next book. Hell, I might even attempt to put a dent in all the audiobooks I already own and haven’t listened to yet. Novel idea, right? LOL. Again, nothing against this series or author.
The first book was only performed by Emily Sutton Smith, since it was only Gwen’s POV. With the addition of new POVs, there is an addition of more narrators to perform those other POVs. I’ve always been mixed about multiple narrators. It varies from group to group. I’ve had some that are great at dual narrators that flow between them flawlessly and others, not so much. I think the four narrators here did a great job. I enjoyed all of their performances. I would listen to any of these narrators again with either this series, or some other series. Even if they perform as a single narrator.
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