Stillhouse Lake #5

Let me start by saying this is one of the best books I have read in thrillers/suspense so far. In fact I could have finished the book in few hours, it was that enthralling except I didn’t want to end it so soon and so I took my sweet time to finish it.

The story is about the other side of fiction which we never think about and that’s what attracted me to this book. What happens to the loved ones of criminals? Do they exist? If so what happens to them?

It may seem very obvious that people related to criminals should have known they were deviants but what if they genuinely didn’t? This is one such story.

We meet Gina Royal in the beginning of the book along with her two kids Lily and Brady. But their world collapses pretty soon and we are introduced to how they have survived from there on.

As parents how do you protect the one thing that matters to you most? Your kids. I loved how she reinvented herself and yet was still vulnerable. Her determination to protect her kids despite all the hurdles including typical teenage problems was inspiring, to say the least.

The writing is crisp and characters drawn out neatly. You root for this one from the get go. The only thing that nagged me though very quietly was how she convinced herself of someone’s loyalty. Not giving away anything but maybe that’s something you will understand once you read the book.


Am reminded of the movie “Enough” starring Jennifer Lopez which shares similar leading ladies. Yet the book packs a punch of its own.

But the thing other than sharing similar protagonists is the question – how long will you run? When will you face your fear and stand your ground? Will you fight one last time so you never have to fight again? That’s what faces our leading lady here. What’s endearing is her love for her kids which oozes out from her every being. Like they are the only reason she’s alive.

Despite the creepy tone of the story the central characters makes this a must read book and hence I highly recommend it. Also a bonus is that the it ends in a cliffhanger and is followed by Killman Creek.

Bibliogyan rating – two 👍


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Glass Houses #4 (Inspector Gamache series #13)

By the time weekend started I had finished the book Glass Houses by Louise Penny. (Of course I took more than few days to finish the book) This is the first book I have read in this series but I was glad I didn’t miss not reading the others. It’s perfectly good as a stand alone.

I must say it took some time to get started, the first two chapters didn’t hook me straight away especially for a murder mystery. But by the time the main attraction of the story was introduced I was immersed in the story and the characters.

Now what was the main attraction you may ask. The synopsis of the book had me intrigued when it mentioned a “someone” or a “something” that stood in one place without moving for 3 days. This something is called the Cobrador (Del Frac). This cobrador, once it makes it’s appearance the book is unputdownable. This is one of those murder mysteries that keeps you turning the page for more.

The protagonist Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache, Surete De Quebec comes across as a genuinely likeable character. It didn’t feel like I was lost while reading the book because it was the first time I read this series. It was a smooth ride from start to finish complete with suspense and never felt like the author was trying to drag the story for the purpose of stretching it. Everything felt in place.

The plot basically revolves around five group of friends, one deceased and that characters sibling. But of course the larger picture is something else entirely and it’s here that Gamache finds himself in the midst of. The Cobrador just adds to the mystery even more. Some of the supporting characters didn’t interest me but they weren’t unnecessary either. The world of Three Pines felt absolutely surreal.

Over all it’s a fun ride that you would enjoy and especially if you are a first time reader of this series, you won’t be disappointed and fans of the series will be delighted to read another gem from the author.

A special mention also goes to fans of Agatha Christie, cause I get similar vibes from this book, no idea about others in the series but this one made me little bit nostalgic about her books. So definitely recommended for fans of Christie.

Bibliogyan rating – two 👍


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