First, this isn’t a series you read out of order. It has a continuing story arc and this book picks up where the first ends. Nevertheless, I’ll keep this spoiler free.
Gwen Proctor has to leave Stillhouse Lake to protect her family from the long arm of a powerful network of online trolls who go way beyond empty threats and harassment. They’ve now found a way to shred her credibility with her own network of friends and family, which was already a very short list.
This truly is a thriller that affects you psychologically and emotionally. Gwen is one of the strongest and most formidable characters I’ve encountered. Her commitment to her children and her selflessness was truly admirable. Gina, the woman Melvin Royal married, no longer exists and I’m certain no one was prepared for Gwen. The story includes narratives from both children this time, as well as Sam and Gwen, making this much more intriguing. It has a slow build for the first half and then rockets into warp speed through the end.
It felt like two different types stories but the second half needed the first to create its foundation. It was über scary and exhilarating at times, heartbreaking at others and the writing was just brilliant. The ending will take your breath away. This was a Traveling Friends read, even though I was a little slower to finish than the rest of the group.
- Release Date: January 24, 2018
- Series: Stillhouse Lake #2
- Page Numbers: 343