Stillwater Island by Gregg Olsen / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Gregg_Olsen


Detective Megan Carpenter #4

“Mommy, I’m scared.” Marlena’s precious boy lies with his little arm thrown over her thigh. It’s pitch-black, and she can hear seagulls. She realises they must be near water, and a new panic rises in her.

At 2 a.m. one icy winter morning, in the smart suburbs of Jefferson County, local father Ben Parker reports his wife Marlena and their little boy missing.

Rushing to the impressive family home, Detective Megan Carpenter finds the halls adorned with pictures of the beautiful, stay-at-home mom and their bright-eyed son. But that’s not all she finds…

A bottle of prenatal vitamins in the bathroom cabinet reveal that Marlena is pregnant. Why didn’t Ben mention this in his panicked call to the police?

Digging deeper into their seemingly perfect marriage, Megan’s fear begins to grow. The couple are separated, there’s talk of an affair, and the neighbors report loud fights. And then, Megan tracks a young woman believed to be Ben’s secret girlfriend, only to find her lifeless body in a secluded wood.

Ben’s watch lies in the undergrowth, and Megan’s team think she’s cracked the case, but she’s sure something’s not right. Ben’s family has wealth including a private island, and connections in high places. Is someone trying to block their investigation?

As Megan starts to wonder if the answer lies on the Parkers’ closely guarded island, just offshore, a shocking revelation makes her question everything. With a killer on the loose, can Megan find the missing pieces to the most complex case of her career and bring Marlena and her little boy home alive? Or will it be too late to save them?




I love Megan. She is hardly ever afraid and she has been through a lot. She is hard as a rock, but she does have a soft spot which she does not show very often.

She makes me smile very often. She thinks A, but says B which can be very funny.

Megan is a loner, but she has found a kindred spirit in her partner Ronnie. Their background could not be more different, but that does not stop them from making a great team. You just have to love them.

People live in the same street, but when something is not right they often keep themselves to themselves. They often claim afterwards they always had the feeling there was a problem, but nobody did anything. What if they were wrong? What if they would be shouted at for interfering?

I honestly do not know what I would do. Sometimes a feeling is not enough, but what if that feeling could have prevented a tragedy?

Will Megan and Ronnie’s prime suspect be exposed or is there more to it than the eye could see?

I am a number one fan of the duo. I really am looking forward to the next book. 5 stars

Thank you, Gregg Olsen and Bookouture


About the author

A #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, seventeen novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).


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