Review: Heartbreak Bay (Rachel Caine)

Heartbreak Bay
Series: Stillhouse Lake, #5
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


Not going to lie. My heart is breaking a little as I write this one last review for Rachel Caine and the Stillhouse Lake series. Knowing Caine is no longer with us and will no longer be writing hit me hard as I finished Heartbreak Bay. While this book was a fitting end for Gwen Proctor, family, and friends, I would have loved for this series to gone on longer. It takes a lot for me to stay confined to my seat with a thriller, and Rachel Caine has always managed to do that with this series. Heartbreak Bay was no different. I was taken on a stressful but addictive journey to find another killer taunting Gwen and it was everything I hoped it would be. Rachel Caine finished up this series on a high and I will forever be grateful to her for writing a thriller series that kept me always coming back for more. Fans of this series won’t want to miss out on this spectacular ending.

18 thoughts on “Review: Heartbreak Bay (Rachel Caine)”

  1. I’ve had an ARC of this book for months and just can’t bring myself to read it as I don’t want it to be over. I’m very glad to hear it’s a fitting conclusion though. Maybe I’ll brave it soon.

    1. You should! I feel like any reviews will help it sell and that will help her family.

  2. You made me cry! It’s heartbreaking she didn’t get to see this book baby out in the world. Glad to hear she gave the series a great sendoff.

  3. I have 2 books left in this series and I know I’m going to have a tough time when I get around to reading this finale. It’s so sad she couldn’t see this book’s release. I’m happy to hear that it is a good ending for these characters.

    1. I hope you enjoy both of them. It’s definitely bittersweet when you get to the end.

  4. It is so heartbreaking when a wonderful person leaves this world. When it is an author, whose characters have become an integral part of our lives it is is even harder. I have had this one for awhile, but haven’t read it yet. I really need to read this and bring Gwen’s adventures to a satisfactory ending, with some excitement along the way. Wonderful and fitting review, Deanna.

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