Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine #bookreview

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.

My thoughts on Heartbreak Bay

I’ve been a huge fan of the Stillhouse Lake series since the first book (the aptly named Stillhouse Lake), following Gwen Proctor (a.k.a. Gina Royal) as she tries to escape her past. It’s a past where her husband was a serial killer, determined to make Gwen his last victim. And where her and her children found themselves on the run not just from him but from the internet trolls convinced she had something to do with his killing spree.

Heartbreak Bay, however, starts in a good place for Gwen and her family. They are settled, safe. Or so they think. Then a letter from her now dead ex turns up and the trolls that had grown quiet start their relentless attacks again. All at the same time as Gwen gets asked to help her friend and police officer, Kezia, look into the death of two young children (not something that was easy to read). It could be a coincidence. Most likely, though, it’s not and Gwen is about to be dragged into the dark again.

The path that leads her there builds slowly, as does the tension in the book. As it does, Gwen slowly unravels. She wants to protect her family. And knows the only way she can do that is to put herself in the line of fire – literally. By the time I reached this point in the book, I was as anxious as Gwen was (o.k., maybe not as much as I wasn’t in mortal danger but you get the picture).

I was also fully engrossed in the book, staying up late at night to finish it. It really was a cracking read and one I’d highly recommend (starting at the beginning of the series so you understand just how Gwen got here). Unfortunately, it will also be the last in the series, as Rachel Caine died late last year. I was really sad to read this. She was a great writer, and sounds like a wonderful person.


Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.

Other books by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake

Killman Creek

Wolfhunter River

Bitter Falls


  1. Oh my goodness! I’m devastated… I haven’t followed this particular series, although I read the first book – this theme was a bit too close to home to be comfortable… But I’ve LOVED her Weather Warden series and the Morganville Vampires. I promised myself I’d tuck into her Ink and Bone series. And 58 isn’t any age, these days:((. Thank you for a lovely review, Emma.

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