Wolfhunter River

Wolfhunter River

A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season.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...

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Title:Wolfhunter River
Author:Rachel Caine
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Wolfhunter River Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Four disturbing, gory, edgy but really well deserved stars!

    Gwen Proctor will always be one of my favorite heroines, transforms herself from naive, shy woman into a lion, survivor, fighter, a real protector does whatever takes to keep her children safe.

    Her serial killer husband might be killed by her but there are still people out there for bloody vengeance including Marleen who is obsessed with her, dedicated to avenge, resistant to believe in Gwen’s innocence.

    The threats from hillbillies and

    Four disturbing, gory, edgy but really well deserved stars!

    Gwen Proctor will always be one of my favorite heroines, transforms herself from naive, shy woman into a lion, survivor, fighter, a real protector does whatever takes to keep her children safe.

    Her serial killer husband might be killed by her but there are still people out there for bloody vengeance including Marleen who is obsessed with her, dedicated to avenge, resistant to believe in Gwen’s innocence.

    The threats from hillbillies and loyal followers of her husband,her children’s adaptation problems to their nightmarish lives and her unresolved problems with Sam suffocate her. As soon as she got a cry for help phone call, she finds herself being dragged along Wolfhunter River to fight against a deadly cult.

    Two different stories combined meticulously. It’s still disturbing, riveting and frightening. But there has less action on this book if I compare it with previous two books and there are too many repeats about Melvin’s past.

    The revelation about Sam was shocking and made me sad for his wounded relationship with Gwen. But I think Rachel Caine wants to write more series and she wanted to give a purpose, a new profession to Gwen with the end the book. So she wrote this one as prequel to begin with new series which will be a crime thriller. As we can guess the cases take place different areas will be solved by Ms Proctor.

    I don’t know if I want to continue reading more books of the series. Because I think it should have ended with Melvin’s dead.

    Well as a summary, I enjoyed this one. But do I want more ? Nope, I pass!

  • Deanna

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    4.5 Stars!

    **If you plan on reading the first two books in the

    series, you might want to hold off on reading this review

    I have been looking forward to reading this since finishing "

    ", the previous book in the series.

    The book starts with the shocking kidnapping of a six-year-old girl. I was pulled right in.

    The story then turns to Gwen

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    4.5 Stars!

    **If you plan on reading the first two books in the

    series, you might want to hold off on reading this review

    I have been looking forward to reading this since finishing "

    ", the previous book in the series.

    The book starts with the shocking kidnapping of a six-year-old girl. I was pulled right in.

    The story then turns to Gwen Proctor. Gwen is staring into the dark eye of a TV camera. The camera reminds her of very bad things. It reminds her of her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal.

    The newspapers are still reporting what happened months earlier. “

    !” The newspaper always mentions that Gwen was once arrested as Melvin Royal’s accomplice, but they almost never remember to say that she was acquitted. She has decided she wants to set the record straight. She chose

    because Howie appeared to have a good reputation.

    Unfortunately, the interview does NOT go as planned. It's more like an interrogation. Then Howie asks Gwen if she knows about the documentary…

    When he introduces his next guest, things go from bad to worse.

    All Gwen wants is for her family to be happy and safe. But the normal life she craves seems so far out of reach

    Then there’s Sam. There’s so much they need to talk about.

    When the landline rings one night, Gwen is hesitant to pick it up. Most of the calls she gets are people making threats and yelling abuse. But she also gets calls from people asking for advice or help.

    Gwen listens as the woman leaves a message. Just as the woman is about to hang up, Gwen picks up. The woman, Marlene Crockett is from a small town called Wolfhunter. She sounds terrified but she's vague when answering Gwen’s questions. When Marlene suddenly hangs up, Gwen wonders if she was trying to lure her to Wolfhunter.

    Gwen tries to put the call out of her mind. But a few days later, the phone rings again. What Gwen hears shocks her. Soon she's heading for Wolfhunter. She wants to help.

    Will Gwen be able to help and keep herself and her family safe?

    I really enjoyed this book! It has a great plot with a lot of excellent characters (old and new). Quite a few of the characters from books one and two make an appearance.

    The majority of the storyline is told from Gwen’s point of view but there are also a few chapters from other characters. I thought that the multiple storylines were interesting. Some very intense moments had me holding my breath.

    I think the book could be read as a standalone. However, a lot happened in books one and two so readers might enjoy it more if they read the entire series.

    This was another great chapter in the "Stillhouse Lake" series. I can't wait to read more!

    I'd like to thank Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Susanne  Strong

    When a television show wants to interview Gwen about her story, she finally relents, after all she has to give in sometime, right? When confronted by Miranda Tidewell, the mother of one of the victims (and the head of “The Lost Angels”), who blames Gwen for the loss of her child, Gwen knows it's going to be bad. The only t

    When a television show wants to interview Gwen about her story, she finally relents, after all she has to give in sometime, right? When confronted by Miranda Tidewell, the mother of one of the victims (and the head of “The Lost Angels”), who blames Gwen for the loss of her child, Gwen knows it's going to be bad. The only thing her family can do now is cut and run, something she’s quite familiar with. This time, Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam know that trusting in each other is all they have. Will it be enough?

    When Gwen gets a couple of separate phone calls from Wolfhunter River, she feels that pull. Wolfhunter River is a town in Tennessee well known for being shady. The calls are from a woman and her daughter who sound desperate and who need help badly. As if Gwen, Sam, Lanny and Connor aren’t in enough trouble already.

    I simply love The Stillhouse Lake series and “Wolfhunter River” is no exception.

    I love how smart, independent and able-bodied Gwen is. Lanny and Connor are both so capable and given what they’ve gone through, so darn intuitive!

    Though this mystery/suspense wasn’t quite as good as either “Stillhouse Lake” or “Killman Creek” it was a worthy follow up for which I give it 4 Stars.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Mercer and Rachel Caine for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 2.18.19.

    Excerpt to be published on Instagram.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw the first book

    I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw the first book in the series praised so thoroughly that I assumed it had been hyped to high heavens, so I didn't start the series until after the first two novels had been published. I finally gave into the pressure after seeing so many glowing reviews from trusted friends, and boy am I glad that I did. There's a quiet power to these books, and although the reader is dropped in after the serial killer has been unveiled, I think the fact that the tension doesn't lie in the whodunnit is precisely what makes these books unable to be ignored. The multiple POVs, the constant sense of those hunting down Gwen Proctor's family closing in, and the complex weaving of multiple storylines are all reasons that I keep coming back to this series.

    I mean, I think you could read it and follow along well enough, as the author does a fabulous job of recapping events from the prior two novels, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice at best. The fact that there is so much backstory provided for these characters in the previous stories is only part of the reason; Caine has done such a fabulous job of requiring an investment in her characters that my jaw was literally on the floor during some of the plot twists and reveals in

    . The vein of intimacy I now feel with these characters makes some of the conflicts only that much more painful; the emotion runs deep here folks, much more deep than in its prequels.

    I really don't want to get into plot specifics, (<--- Honestly, why do I keep saying this in reviews? Is it trademarked yet?) but I have to admit that this one had more hustle and bustle going on that the reader needs to keep straight. I loved this, because it provided me with an enjoyable challenge, and to see how certain things tied together by the end, and how some things didn't, was extremely satisfying. Gwen's personal conclusion was wonderful as well; I feel the author could choose to leave this as the final book but could just as easily see her continuing on with a new set of ideas. Highly recommended!

    If you're a fan of audiobooks, these are EXCELLENT to listen to as well.

  • Larry H

    Imagine what it must be like to discover the man you married was a horrible serial killer, and that he was torturing and killing women right underneath your nose. For Gwen Proctor, that nightmare was her reality. But after fearing him for years and trying to keep her kids out of danger, she has finally been able to pull their lives together into some semblance of normalcy.

    But peace of mind and security don't last long. Her ex-husband Melvin had acolytes all across the country, people willing to

    Imagine what it must be like to discover the man you married was a horrible serial killer, and that he was torturing and killing women right underneath your nose. For Gwen Proctor, that nightmare was her reality. But after fearing him for years and trying to keep her kids out of danger, she has finally been able to pull their lives together into some semblance of normalcy.

    But peace of mind and security don't last long. Her ex-husband Melvin had acolytes all across the country, people willing to do his bidding and inflict emotional torture on Gwen and her kids. People make threats against them on a daily basis, some of them bordering on true danger. And even worse, the families of Melvin's victims continue to believe that Gwen was a part of his crimes and are determined to make her pay, even developing a documentary which they hope will finally expose what they believe to be her guilt—no matter who gets hurt in the crossfire.

    One day Gwen gets a call from Marlene, a woman in a remote Tennessee town called Wolfhunter. Marlene is among those strangers who call on Gwen, asking for advice or assistance in overcoming challenges like she did. Marlene is afraid of someone, but isn't willing to divulge the reasons for her fears. Marlene asks Gwen to come to Wolfhunter but she fears it's some sort of trap. Yet when the next call from Wolfhunter comes in it's not from Marlene, it's from her teenage daughter, Vee. Marlene is dead and the primary suspect is Vee herself, even though Gwen knows it's not her daughter Marlene was afraid of.

    Gwen makes the decision to help Vee out, so she heads to Wolfhunter, along with her boyfriend Sam and her children. While she knows she may be stepping into something dangerous, she has no idea of the viper's nest they'll encounter, and the ripple effects that will be felt by Marlene's murder, Vee's alleged guilt, and the simple fact of Gwen's presence in Wolfhunter. Small, rundown towns are the perfect breeding ground for evil, and as the danger intensifies, so do the crises in her own life.

    is Rachel Caine's third book in her Stillhouse Lake series (after

    and

    ). Gwen Proctor is an amazing character—flawed, brave, vulnerable, fierce, and utterly protective of her children. I found the first two books in this series absolutely spectacular, tautly plotted and full of action and suspense, and they provided a disturbing view into the heart of evil and how it can spread.

    I found that this book took a little longer to build up steam, and once it did, there was so much going on and so many things were tangled together that the plot even got a little muddled. It felt like in trying to build on the intensity of the first two books, Caine thought she had to triple the suspense. Fortunately, there is still a lot of character development, and we learn more about Sam's life before he and Gwen met.

    This book might be more of a standalone than the first two books were, but I'd still recommend you start reading the series from the beginning. Caine sure does love to keep you guessing about how the plot will unfold! I'm not sure if she intends to keep writing about Gwen, but I hope she does, because she's definitely one of my favorite female characters of late.

    If you're a fan of creepy, well-written, suspenseful thrillers, I'd encourage you to pick up this series, starting with

    . You may find yourself wondering just how you'd react if faced with the same situations Gwen was, and whether you'd be a total badass like she is.

    NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

    This book will be published April 23, 2019.

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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    Melvin Royal might be dead but his notoriety as a serial-killer continues to haunt Gwen and their children. All she wants is to try to provide her children with some sense of normalcy but a group of internet vigilantes who believe she is as evil as her ex-husband are seeking their own brand of justice and simply won't allow it.

    Seen as a fighter and a survivor to some, there

    Melvin Royal might be dead but his notoriety as a serial-killer continues to haunt Gwen and their children. All she wants is to try to provide her children with some sense of normalcy but a group of internet vigilantes who believe she is as evil as her ex-husband are seeking their own brand of justice and simply won't allow it.

    Seen as a fighter and a survivor to some, there are people who have begun to seek Gwen out for help facing their own demons. When Gwen receives a series of desperate calls hailing from Wolfhunter River from a woman and then her daughter, it's not something she can simply ignore.

    Wolfhunter River proves to be a secluded, eerie town with rules all their own. It's the kind of town where the inhabitants are not keen on outsiders and they have no problems expressing their hostility. Gwen and her family find themselves putting their lives at risk to help the daughter of the deceased woman who initially called her. Soon

    I appreciated the directional leap this book has taken as we move beyond the initial Gwen versus Melvin storyline. Gwen and Sam's relationship is tested once again in this book with the truth being bared once and for all. I look forward to seeing where they go from this point.

    Gwen is an intelligent, strong, courageous and determined character. I enjoy watching her battle evil in all its forms via this series and look forward to continuing to do so with future books.

  • Kylie D

    Another wonderful thriller in the Stillhouse Lake series, in this novel Gwen is still living in the shadow of her late serial killer husband, and having a hard time keeping the haters from her family. Then she receives a call from a women upstate, claiming that something dodgy is going on in her town, but doesn't let on what. Soon after the woman's daughter calls Gwen back, saying she has just found her mother's body and the police are coming to get her. So just what is going on in Wolfhunter Ri

    Another wonderful thriller in the Stillhouse Lake series, in this novel Gwen is still living in the shadow of her late serial killer husband, and having a hard time keeping the haters from her family. Then she receives a call from a women upstate, claiming that something dodgy is going on in her town, but doesn't let on what. Soon after the woman's daughter calls Gwen back, saying she has just found her mother's body and the police are coming to get her. So just what is going on in Wolfhunter River?

    With an incarcerated fifteen year old girl, three missing young women, and a kidnapped child, life is certainly interesting in Wolfhunter River, a backward town where everyone knows, or is related to everyone else, and outsiders aren't tolerated, let alone trusted. Gwen finds her work cut out for her, and during all this the threats to her family are escalating...

    Well, I just couldn't put this book down, reading it in a day. We again feel Gwen's pain as she tries to protect her family against the odds, finding it especially tough in Wolfhunter River, where the locals close ranks against her. The angst of her teenage daughter, the growing strength of character of her young son, and the confusion her lover Sam still feels are all well portrayed. But gee, how much can one woman go through in a lifetime? Gwen deserves a break, and maybe, just maybe, she finds it in the end.

    I recommend this book to all lovers of crime thrillers.

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Emily May

    2 stars.

    is my least favourite book in this series so far. It's obvious why, too. I still enjoy the author's style, I still enjoy the exploration of internet stalking and the "court of public opinion", but this book is so obviously a "bridging the gap" book.

    If you've read

    , then you know the significance of that book's conclusion and how it essentially wrapped up the central story line of the first two books. With strong characters and a good fanbase, of course the

    2½ stars.

    is my least favourite book in this series so far. It's obvious why, too. I still enjoy the author's style, I still enjoy the exploration of internet stalking and the "court of public opinion", but this book is so obviously a "bridging the gap" book.

    If you've read

    , then you know the significance of that book's conclusion and how it essentially wrapped up the central story line of the first two books. With strong characters and a good fanbase, of course the author doesn't want to stop there. But now we need a new story to grow out of that. We need a reason for Gwen Proctor - badass mother of two - to go from being on the run to solving her own crimes. Which was always the natural direction for this series to go in.

    In order to do that, we have this book. This book is, unfortunately, the filler between two plot points. It clings unnecessarily to old plot lines that should have been put to rest. It introduces some new mysteries that serve only to get Gwen where she needs to be. Virtually nothing happens for the first hundred pages (approx. 1/3 of the book), and little progression is made even in the second hundred pages. It isn't until the last third of the book that the story gets itself in gear. None of this is helped by the fact that I don't find Sam very interesting, so his subplot here left me unmoved.

    It's not bad, as such, it's just not as strong as the previous books. I suspect more goodness is to follow in the fourth book now that we've got where we need to be. I still ended up quite enjoying parts of this one because of the aforementioned exploration of internet stalking and the "court of public opinion". These feature heavily in the series, and the author looks at how terrifying it is that we no longer need a court trial and prison. The court of public opinion can punish someone and ruin their life just as effectively, truth be damned.

    It also explores some interesting and socially-relevant concepts like privacy in the Internet age. Sharing of information plays a huge part in the plot, as well as other techie aspects like manipulating images/video. These conversations keep the slower parts intriguing.

    A weak point in the series but I still have high hopes for the next installment.

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  • Meredith

    This is the third installment in the

    series, and I would recommend reading this series in order.

    This is a dark, gritty and suspenseful read. My favorite element of this book was trying to figure out what in the world was going on in Wolfhunter River. This part of the book kept me on my toes, as I never knew who or what was comi

    This is the third installment in the

    series, and I would recommend reading this series in order.

    This is a dark, gritty and suspenseful read. My favorite element of this book was trying to figure out what in the world was going on in Wolfhunter River. This part of the book kept me on my toes, as I never knew who or what was coming. There are some scenes filled with graphic violence and a lot of sickos; part of me wishes I could erase what I read and get some of these scenes out of my head.

    This also my least favorite book in the series. With that being said, I still enjoyed it but I found that it was missing some of the tension that fueled the earlier books in the series. Even though there is a lot of crazy sh*t going on, this book moved at a bit of a slower pace than the other books in the series. I think I am also getting a little sick of Gwen being chased by trolls who believe her to have assisted in her husband’s crimes. With that being said, I still have some questions concerning some elements of her relationship with Melvin.

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.

  • Giridhar Sreenivasan

    OMG! A third book. Mixed emotions here. A part of me is excited to see what turn the series takes now but there is a bigger part of me that just wants Gwen to be left alone. To lead an uneventful, calm, happy life. She has had enough! Poor soul. And the children? They can’t possibly survive any more psychological trauma.

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