Review: Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine


Release date: March 9, 2021

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


They’re hunting a killer so silent, so invisible, that his unspeakable crimes are the only proof he exists.

A car submerged in a remote pond. The bodies of two girls strapped into their seats. The mystery of their mother, vanished without a trace, leads Gwen Proctor and Kezia Claremont into dangerous territory.

On the surface, Gwen’s life is good—two children approaching adulthood, a committed partner, and a harrowing past dead and gone. But that past is attracting the attention of someone invisible…and unstoppable. Trouble’s just beginning. So is the body count in this backwoods Tennessee town.

As threats mount and Gwen’s hunted by an enemy who pulls all the strings, Kezia has her back. But working to solve these vicious and unreasonable crimes will expose them both to a killer they can’t for the life of them see coming.


This is the fifth book in the Stillhouse Lake series and it’s not one of those series where you can just jump in late. Every book does focus on a new case but there is a ton of history and backstory with Gwen, Sam and her kids that you would most likely be pretty confused if you didn’t start with book one. Plus, the growth of Gwen as a character throughout the series is pretty freaking phenomenal too, so just trust me and start at the beginning.

So I wasn’t super impressed with the previous book in this series, it was missing something for me and I was pretty bummed. I mentioned in my review of that book that I was hoping it was just one of those middle books in a series that falls flat and would be a one off and I’m so happy to say that this was back on par for the first three books for me! It was dark, exciting and fast paced and I was totally sucked in right away. Parts of it may have required me to suspend some disbelief but I was so throughly entertained that I didn’t even care. Fans of the series will be pleased!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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