Review: Killman Creek by Rachel Caine


Release date: December 12, 2017

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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.


A couple of months ago I read Stillhouse Lake and really enjoyed it and after the way it ended I was dying to get my hands on a copy of Killman Creek. I ended up liking this one even more than the first, it was exciting, tense and the type of page turner that kept me up way past my bedtime.

WARNING! Stop reading here if you haven’t read book one because there will be some spoilers. So when SL ended Gwen’s sadistic ex husband had managed to escape from prison and she knew he was coming for her and her kids. The intensity throughout this book was incredible since Gwen and her kids were being hunted and as much as I had feared for their safety the first time around, it didn’t hold a candle to my anxiety this time! Knowing that a man as twisted as Melvin Royal was looking for the family made this an epic page turner, and there were SO many creepy moments and great action scenes that I just could not stop reading.

This has a twisty plot so I don’t want to say much more, but this book reminded me of Chelsea Cain in terms of style, it had that same cat and mouse vibe that her books have, which I love. I appreciated that Caine didn’t torture me with another cliffhanger ending and now I’m beyond curious what the story will be for book three?! It’s not out until next fall and there’s not even a blurb yet but you can guarantee that no matter what it’s about, I’ll be reading it!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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