Review of Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (digital arc)




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.


My thoughts:

Killman Creek starts off where Stillhouse Lake ended.  Gwen decides that she needs to find her escaped husband, Melvin, before he finds them.  Gwen and Sam leave the kids behind with Javier and start hunting.

This book is mostly told by Gwen and Sam, but we also have chapters with Connor and Lanny.  Connor’s chapters seem to be the most important to me.  He’s struggling with his feelings for his father.  Especially after a video appears which makes him doubt his mom’s innocence in the crimes.  He also seems to think that maybe he’s bad like his dad.  He is almost split between two people.  Connor and who he used to be, Brady.

“But I’m half-bad anyway, right?  My dad’s half of me.  He has a monster inside.”

Sam continues having issues with his feelings for Gwen and she is mostly focused on keeping her kids safe.  Melvin does his best to continue to manipulate and control her from a distance.  It’s like he can always find her.  Sam and Gwen are also looking for Absalom.

There is a lot of action in this one along with some descriptive sections of the crimes.  Certain parts got pretty intense.  It kept me wanting more and there were parts that made the book hard to put down.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one.  Just as much as book one.  I gave Killman Creek 4 stars.  Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a digital arc for review.


Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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