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5 STAR THRILLER (ROMANCE)
1 June 2019
The past two books are a must read before Wolfhunter River. Though Wolfhunter River is a turning point for the series, Killman Creek has some of my favourite scenes that make Wolfhunter River even more riveting, as you are waiting to see what the revelations within the last book has done to Gwen (and to Sam and the kids).
If you have read Stillhouse Lake, and Killman Creek, you already know Gwen has been through so much - as have her children and the victims families, and Sam... poor Sam. From realising her life was a lie, realising she was a victim herself with a target on her back, she moved with her children from place to place unti Stillhouse Lake, but was tracked, stalked, threatened and almost murdered twice. The first time by a copy-cat in league with her husband (who also kidnapped and planned to murder the children); the second time, by her husband hell bent on revenge and on the loose from Death Row. EVERY BOOK, they have all been a chilling, bad-ass read, but Killman Creek set a whole new level of SHE HAS TO SURVIVE THIS, and the moment you know no one is coming to rescue Gwen, is the moment Gwen fights to survive in a bloody battle that she had trained for for if she ever faced Mel or one of the sic-o-fans out for blood seeing the lie not the truth - She never helped Mel commit the murders nor did she support him; she let the police do their job as her family was dragged through the blood trails of the victims and the fans, as Mel sat back waiting for the verdict watching with hate in his heart for his wife as his victim count piled up and his children turned against him.
As her world revolves around seeing and being forced to relive the devastation her husband, now ex-husband commited... His actions only had one consequence and result in Killman Creek that almost killed them both. AS she and her kids recover from the events in Killman Creek, she tries to face the past head on. In a way she becomes a rebel and a voice - she has had enough - and her level of strength as she tries to face her past back fires... The person who she is, she deserves a lot of credit for the type of character Gwen is.
As people witness the live interview she walked out on, life is about to kick her in the teeth once more. The victims families, some of them want to see Gwen pay for Mel's crimes. Sam, the guy she is in love with, but trust is arms length (an armoured heart for the question of what if she was a apart of Mel's crimes), was one of those people for a time. He admits to what he was a part of. And the story is not pretty.
A haunting phone call. A girl sentenced to death.
She wasn't looking for trouble, but trouble is what Gwen finds. A phonecall, gun shots, and a plead for help leads Gwen to a town called Wolfhunter River.
It's a place you wouldn't want to visit. People go missing. And it seems the town has a lot of secrets.
As Gwen tries to help the girl accused of killing her mother, the choice is out there on who could have done it. As the girl learns to trust Gwen, as Gwen learns of what happened on the night the girls mother was murdered, news spreads to some of the town folk and to those who commited the murder.
As Gwen overhears their plans, she knows they are (Gwen, the kids and Sam) are in danger. It's time to leave, but will the town let them.
It's about to become another fight for survival and by this point, Gwen, when backed into a corner... she is a mamma bear with claws bared ready for a fight knowing what she has to lose. They know who she is. What her husband was... And play with her, taunt her, warn her to leave knowing they will follow her. In the meantime, Sam is caught in a shootout that not only leaves someone dead, but with Sam under arrest and Connor the only witness.
As the plot thickens, you are left questioning two things: Who killed the girls mother? And does anyone in Wolfhunter River abide by the law. (This book has a feel of the T.V show Banshee.)
As Gwen is forced to stay in Wolfhunter River, the start of the book is about to draw to it's conclusion, as one of Mel's victims, her mother is out for blood, to see Gwen hang for what happened to her daughter. She has stalked, pressed, confronted Gwen on live tv, created her own spin on WHO Gwen is, and created a self-help group to cover up the fact she is using it to prove Gwen was a part of the murders - what Sam was apart of. When Mirander comes to town, not only is she there to throw more gas on the fire, she makes it clear, she isn't going away and will take her/them down.
Sam.... Sam is a beaut character and P.O.V to read in these books. Not only do we get to see into the mind of the the victims family... But it gives the book the missing parts we'd have to guess at.
Sam is an angry soul for good reason, but his intentions towards Gwen once he realises the truth, they are genuine, he loves her.
As the reader, I breathe for that kind of romance in these books. Their relationship. The up and down's. The relationship he has with the kids... He becomes what Mel should have been... their father. And all the feels that comes with it. I always want MORE. SAM!
The kids Connor and Lanny: They have come so far. They learned the truth as much as Gwen could hide from them until she couldn't anymore. They've been through hell, but by the end of this, not only have they stuck together, but they have also made mistakes that could have cost them their lives. In Wolfhunter River they have their own voices. They have grown stronger. Time shows the cracks of their past, but time also heals. They fear the world and what has happened in the past, but they are also not afraid to live. Gwen has to remind them of the dangers.... But when it comes to it, those kids, when under attack, they become allies and if it became a you or them situation... I bet on them. They follow their instincts.
This book leaves you devided as the plot thickens and becomes one with it's 2in1 plot - that will make sense when you read it, frustrated as the lies unfold because if like me, You love Sam's character... Who he is, in his darkest moment, is about to be revealed, but it is still one hell of a thrill ride as the characters come together and take down the secrets of the town.
The town is damned with little redemption for its population. But with Gwen, Sam and the kids help, light is shining over Wolfhunter River, that is what makes this such a fantastic book. I cannot wait for the next installment. Because what Gwen, Sam and the kids bring next... the word family and stick together come to mind as the blood of Mel's victims isn't yet dry and the end isn't in sight.
As for Gwen, what has happened in the last 3 books... she has changed. To me, they have woken something up within her. She was lost and damned by the victims families. But through a promise to her kids and Sam secrets becoming known... she has a future. And she is becoming feirce. In a way, something to be feard. I wouldn't want to cross paths with her. She now knows she has nothing to prove, because, not that it is pointless to try... she has realised there are too many opinions and judgements to fight.
I believe by the very last book of this series, whenever that may be, we will have a HEA. But Gwen has a long road a head. And the journey is going to be bad-ass if not a blood bath.