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 now...

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Killman Creek Reviews

  • 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!!

    See all of my reviews at

    , or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Gripping, intense & unputdownable!

    This was an absolutely fabulous follow up to Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine!

    This wasn’t my first reading experience with this author as I have read all of her Weather Warden Series. So when I seen that she had a thriller genre book out I quickly grabbed this one from NetGalley. I just knew that I had to read this book and oh my goodness I forgot how much I love this authors writing style. Although at the time I didn’t realize that it was a sequel so I purch

    Gripping, intense & unputdownable!

    This was an absolutely fabulous follow up to Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine!

    This wasn’t my first reading experience with this author as I have read all of her Weather Warden Series. So when I seen that she had a thriller genre book out I quickly grabbed this one from NetGalley. I just knew that I had to read this book and oh my goodness I forgot how much I love this authors writing style. Although at the time I didn’t realize that it was a sequel so I purchased myself a copy of Stillhouse Lake right away but unfortunately didn’t read it right away. Well I absolutely don’t know what I was waiting for because these two books were absolutely gripping edge-of-your-seat thrill rides!

    KILLMAN CREEK (Stillhouse Lake #2) by RACHEL CAINE is a dark, thrilling, and action-packed thriller that was quite the nerve-wracking and adrenaline-inducing read. This book was highly suspenseful and had my heart-pounding every step of the way. The tension was top-notch and didn’t let go once.

    RACHEL CAINE has this quality of writing that I find so entertaining and appealing. She has this ability to totally immerse me into the plot, narrative of the story and into the care and well-being of all the characters involved. Whether that be that I’m rooting for them or that I’m hoping that justice will be served.

    Although this story would work as a stand-alone, I think it would be that much more entertaining and enjoyable if you were to read Stillhouse Lake first. I never read series out of order though as I am definitely a reader that needs to have the background info from the previous books and the characters to fully enjoy the story.

    I am so looking forward to receiving the third book in this series, Wolfhunter River and once I do there is no way it’s going to be sitting on my shelf for any length of time.

    Cautionary Warning: There is some graphic scenes that might be a little disturbing to some readers.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Rachel Caine and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for a review.

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Sinister, eerie, appealing and a fitting representation to storyline.

    Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, scary and fitting.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, appealing, gripping, emotive and suspenseful. Love Rachel Caine’s writing style!

    Plot: Thought-provoking, nerve-wracking, intense, suspenseful, action-packed, gripping, fast-paced, held my attention fully and highly entertaining.

    Ending: Very pleasing and satisfying. Even though there wasn’t a cliffhanger per se there was definitely something that happened in the end that has me eagerly waiting to read, Wolfhunter River.

    Overall: I was thoroughly entertained with the non-stop action right from the very beginning and could not put this book down. Would highly recommend!

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Another solid installment in the series. I’ll admit I was wary to pick this one up at first; I thought Stillhouse Lake worked well as a stand alone novel and was concerned that the “chasing the bad guy while also on the run” plot would wear thin. 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. There are very few surprises here, but that doesn’t do anything to diminish

    Another solid installment in the series. I’ll admit I was wary to pick this one up at first; I thought Stillhouse Lake worked well as a stand alone novel and was concerned that the “chasing the bad guy while also on the run” plot would wear thin. 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. There are very few surprises here, but that doesn’t do anything to diminish the heart pounding nature of the story. My heart went out to Gwen; I truly felt for her as she hit rock bottom and I found myself a bit salty that everyone she knows and loves dropped her (again) so fast when damaging “evidence” surfaces. 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!

  • RedemptionDenied

    This has the same format, as another book, I read, recently: multiple first-person perspectives. Now we have: Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam's narratives; as opposed to just Gwen's POV - which makes it more interesting. We don't have Melvins' perspective, though. Probably because, it would kill the suspense aspect of the story. I guess.

    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: multiple first-person perspectives. Now we have: Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam's narratives; as opposed to just Gwen's POV - which makes it more interesting. We don't have Melvins' perspective, though. Probably because, it would kill the suspense aspect of the story. I guess.

    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 courtesy text from Absalom, which reads: "YOU'RE NOT SAFE ANYWHERE NOW."

    As for Melvin, she thought he'd stay safely locked up, until his execution, but due to certain events - that is no longer the case. 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: she's coming for him. 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. Eventually.

    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? An individual? 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?

    In conclusion: 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 (2019) 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:

    ● "Eminence Front," The Who.

    ● "Sledge Hammer," Peter Gabriel.

    ● "Poker Face," Lady Gaga.

    ● "Staring At The Sun," TV On The Radio.

    ● "Games Without Frontiers," Peter Gabriel.

    ● "Hate The Taste," Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

    ● "Box Full O' Honey," Duran Duran.

    ● "Red Rain," Peter Gabriel.

    ● "Time Of The Season," The Ben Taylor Band.

    ● "Mama," Genesis.

    ● "Welcome To The Circus," Skittish.

    ● "Beneath Mt. Sinai," The Stone Foxes.

    ● "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," The Dramatics.

    ● "Human," Rag 'N' Bone Man.

    ● "Believer," Imagine Dragons.

    ● "Jockey Full Of Bourbon," Joe Bonamassa.

    Side note: I would've added:

    ● "Welcome To The Jungle," Guns *N* Roses.

    ● "Looks That Kill," Motley Crue.

    ● "Knock 'Em Dead Kid," Motley Crue.

    ● "Back Off Bitch," Guns *N* Roses.

    ● "Home Sweet Home," Motley Crue.

    ● "I Wanna Rock," Twisted Sister.

    ● "Not Now John," Pink Floyd.

    ● "Big Dumb Sex," Soundgarden.

    ● "Ride The Lightning," Metallica.

    ● "Fade To Black," Metallica.

    ● "Patience," Guns *N* Roses.

    ● "Permanent Vacation," Aerosmith.

    ● "Nothing Else Matters," Metallica.

    ● "Shoot To Thrill," AC/DC.

    ● "Here I Go Again," Whitesnake.

    ● "Hellraiser," Ozzy Osborne.

    ● "I'm Not In Love," 10 CC.

    ● "From Out Of Nowhere," Faith No More.

    ● "Fire Your Guns," AC/DC.

    ● "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2.

    ● "We Will Rock You," Queen.

    ● "Schools Out," Alice Cooper.

    ● "Fucking Hostile," Pantera.

    ● "Paranoid," Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath.

    ● "Powerslave," Iron Maiden.

    ● "Run To The Hills," Iron Maiden.

    ● "You're The Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised," Warrant.

    ● "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)," Aerosmith.

    ● "Rag Doll," Aerosmith.

    ● "You Give Love A Bad Name," Bon Jovi.

    ● "Stupid Girl," Garbage.

    ● "Shout At The Devil," Motley Crue.

    ● "Who Are You," The Who.

    ● "Seasons In The Abyss," Slayer.

    ● "Won't Get Fooled Again," The Who.

    ● "The Seeker," The Who.

    ● "I Can See For Miles," The Who.

    ● "Train Of Consequences," Megadeth.

    ● "For Whom The Bell Tolls," Metallica.

    ● "The Heat Is On," Glenn Frey.

    ● "Tubular Bells," Mike Oldfield.

    ● "That's The Way I Like It," KC & The Sunshine Band.

    ● "Knockin' On Heavens Door," Eric Clapton.

    ● "Live And Let Die," Paul & Linda McCartney.

    ● "Mean Man," Wasp.

    ● "Forever Free," Wasp.

    ● "Don't You Want Somebody To Love," Jefferson Airplane/Wasp.

    ● "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," Bachman Turner Overdrive.

    ● "One Way Or Another," Blondie.

    ● "Money That's What I Want," Flying Lizards.

    ● "You Spin Me Right Round," Dead Or Alive.

    ● "I Like The Way You Move," Body Rockers.

    ● "I Love It Loud," Kiss.

    ● "Stayin' Alive," The Bee Gees.

    ● "Nobody's Fool," Cinderella.

    ● "Got My Mind Set On You," George Harrison.

    ● "Temptation," Cradle Of Filth.

    ● "Pyromania," Def Leppard.

    ● "Monkey Magic," Soko.

    ● "Another Brick In The Wall," Pink Floyd/Korn

    ● "The Final Countdown," Europe.

    ● "Tainted Love," Gloria Jones/Soft Cell/Marilyn Manson.

    ● "Blackout In The Red Room," Love-Hate.

    ● "Shout," Tears For Fears.

    ● "Nights In White Satin," The Moody Blues.

    ● "Bad To The Bone," ZZ Top.

    I may add to the playlist. If I think of something else.

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