Review: Bitter Falls (Rachel Caine)

Bitter Falls
Series: Stillhouse Lake, #4
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: January 21, 20120
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


She’s investigating a cold case no one else could—by going places no else would dare.

In spite of a harrowing past still haunting her, Gwen Proctor is trying to move forward. Until a new assignment gives her purpose: the cold-case disappearance of a young man in Tennessee. Three years missing, no clues. Just Ruth Landry, a tortured mother in limbo. Gwen understands what it’s like to worry about your children.

Gwen’s investigation unearths new suspects…and victims. As she follows each sinister lead, the implications of the mystery grow more disturbing. Because the closer Gwen gets, the closer she is to a threat that looms back home.

In a town that’s closed its ranks against Gwen; her partner, Sam; and her kids, there’s no bolder enemy than the Belldene family—paramilitary, criminal, powerful, and vengeful. As personal vendettas collide with Gwen’s investigation, she’s prepared to fight both battles. But is she prepared for the toll it could take on everyone she loves?

I’m a fan of Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series. I love how she writes a good, fast-paced thriller. Since Bitter Falls contains a thrilling mystery, I’m going to keep my review to what I liked and didn’t like about this book.


  • Rachel Caine’s writing was just as easy to get swept away in as always. She kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was coming next.
  • I loved the Prologue. It made me so curious as to what was to come.
  • Seeing how Gwen’s kids’ lives continued to be burdened by their father’s notoriety was interesting.
  • The whole cult aspect of this book was fascinating. It gave an even more twisted feel to things — especially with its connections to Wolfhunter River (book 3).
  • How everything came together in the end.


  • I hate to say it, but some of the continued themes that have traveled through each book are starting to feel a little too repetitive.
  • Some things that happened felt a little unbelievable.

Overall, Bitter Falls was a great addition to the Stillhouse Lake series. If you like thrillers and haven’t yet read this series, I highly recommend going back and starting at Stillhouse Lake.

21 thoughts on “Review: Bitter Falls (Rachel Caine)”

  1. I see so many raves for this series. The The only thing I’ve read from Caine is the Morganville Vampire series many years ago. (Loved that series!) I want to start this series this year and enjoy some more from Caine. Sounds like I’m missing out!

    1. I read that Morganville series, too. I like this one now that I don’t really read fantasy because I can still enjoy her writing. I bet you would like this one!

  2. Caine’s writing is great and the story flows along nicely but as you say it is starting to get a little repetitive and there are only so many times the same things can keep happening to this family. I sort of wish she’d left the family out of the case this time.

    Also is it just me or do things feel a little unresolved. The ending seemed awfully sudden.

    1. LOL. She’s a good writer. She has a fun YA vampire series called Morganville if you are in the mood for that. This series is also really fun.

    1. What I like about this series of thrillers is that they’re fast paced, like romances are. So many thrillers are so slow.

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