Wolfhunter River is the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine. I recently interviewed Rachel. You can find her review here: https://ruthannegarcia.com/2019/04/12/author-interview-with-rachel-caine/
Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.
But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter. When Gwen arrives in the small, isolated rural community, Marlene is already dead—her own daughter blamed for the murder. Except that’s not the person Marlene feared at all. And Gwen isn’t leaving until she finds out who that was.
But it may already be too late. A trap has been set. And it’s poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it’s so easy for them to hide…
My thoughts and Review:
***SPOILER ALERT*** There are spoilers in this review.
In this book, I was really intrigued by Ellie’s disappearance and I wanted to know the significance of Gwen and her family. The intensity of Gwen’s struggles and her need to escape the documentary crew of “Melvin’s Helper” was strong. To get out of town and away from the constant berating, she accepts the task of going to Wolfhunter and investigating a dramatic experience she witnesses over the phone. Vee, a fifteen-year-old, calls in a desperate moment. Gwen travels to help her. I was also engrossed in Sam Cade’s history. In the series, although I liked him, I had a feeling something was lying beneath the surface. I was right. I knew there was darkness in him, but I was surprised to know how deep it ran. Betrayal so deep it shatters a relationship with Gwen that had once held strong.
I enjoyed Caine’s ability to propel the story forward, give us enough information to keep us guessing, and the pov changes added to the suspense and thrill of the story. The imagery and ability to change our emotions is such a skill Caine possesses. I feel like all my emotions take a front seat when I read her book.
I kind of like that although, Ellie is found and Vee is rescued from certain death, the end of the story wasn’t completely resolved. Sam and Gwen have so much to work through and figure out, and I think it is a reality. Caine doesn’t give us an unrealistic expectation of what could happen. Instead, she leaves us with an ambiguous ending to what happens with Conner, Lanny, Sam, and Vee. It’s so realistic to know that traumatic experiences take a long time to work through. I’ve become so attached to all these characters. The social worker in me wants them to seek therapy and be okay.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and it’s given me a lasting impression in the case of trauma, fighting for what you believe in, having hope, and knowing that the future may hold pain or happiness. Though it all, family stays together and love binds them forever.