With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.
But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
Gwen has risen from the ashes of her life as unsuspecting Gina and she might share that same body and DNA but the woman she has become is as formidable and dangerous as a lioness protecting her cubs. Yes, she's paranoid but she has good reason as not only is her ex-husband sitting and plotting on death row but the crazies out in the world, the relatives of those brutalized and even those who naively presume the worst of Gwen never truly believe her and why should they? Yet her two children don't deserve the fate so many seem to bay for so on and on relentlessly Gwen relocates, reinvents herself, and finally hopes that just maybe they can have not a house, but a home. When a young woman is found dead in suspiciously familiar circumstances, yet again suspicion falls on Gwen’s head and her instincts say to flee but perhaps now is the time to face the past and fight!
I've mentioned that Gwen has developed from a young idealistic woman into an uber protective and indeed proactive woman, but it's the children here who made this so chilling. Without saying too much I liked that the children felt real. Lanny is a teenage girl acting out, feeling cut off, and yet wanting so much to feel she's really involved. Conner is struggling too as he cannot really seem to form friendships and I liked the juxtaposition of both children knowing their father was a monster and yet at times to them, he is just simply daddy. Truly chilling and it made the thoughts of nature versus nurture rise and indeed Ms Caine explores that idea to some extent as the story progresses.
Yes, there is a sort of cliffhanger but I didn't feel cheated and the pace, the uncertainty of the final outcome made this such an engrossing read which means I will definitely read the next book.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts and comments are my honest and I believe fair opinion.