Stillhouse Lake is a must-read novel!

“Stillhouse Lake,” by Rachel Caine is a must-read. I read a lot of suspense novels, specifically “grip-lit” in which a woman is threatened and has to save herself. There’s no man coming to her defense when it get’s down to the final, ugly conclusion. I understand the genre and am in the midst of writing one. Stillhouse Lake is one of the best (possibly THE best) psychological suspense novels I’ve ever read. The female protagonist, Gwen, is strong, determined and up for the challenge. Her one vulnerability is keeping her children safe and she comes close to losing it all. Rachel Caine can write! She kept me in suspense and entertained the whole time. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful story with realistic characters. Read more

Book Review: Trick of the Eye

by Jane Stanton Hitchcock Book Review by Susan L Stewart From Wikipedia: “Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.” Trompe-l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell receives an invitation to visit a wealthy elderly woman living on an estate in Long Island. On the estate is a building with a huge ballroom. The woman hires Faith to paint all four walls in a trompe-l’oeil style. Faith is hesitant to take the job. Something just doesn’t feel right. After much thought, and a need for money, she accepts the job and decides to paint a mural of the last party ever held in the ballroom many years ago. The job takes considerable time to finish and during this time she develops a relationship of sorts with the wealthy woman. As her work comes to an end, and things get creepier, Faith is faced with a nightmarish situation… Read more