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Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne


Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 215
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety. Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.
I knew after reading this book from reviews that the little light indicating "This-will-remind-you-of-The-Shining-by-Steven-King" would siren and it did. From the very moment that Hannah wants to take her boyfriend, Colin, to a secluded, old, decaying house not indicated  on any map, the thought stuck like a fly in honey.

Now the basic plot of the book fir Hannah to finally admit and say that she loves Colin after a year of dating. To do this: sporadic vacation in a house that her boyfriend says he doesn't like going to. Perfect place for sexy time, anyone? I honestly had no idea what was going on through her mind to pick a spot such as that to spend time with her boyfriend before he goes off the college. But yeah the whole premise from start to finish, with your thriller adaptation, was for her to realize those three words "I love you."

Hannah had me liking her in the beginning but once the setting changed to the remote house my affection towards her coasted down a steep hill. From that point you see how weak of a character she becomes. The decisions she makes from point A to point B are just horrible. I really don't know where her thought process begins and if it even ends. Her italicized thoughts irked me to no end from the increasingly cliched aspect they ascertained.

Even through all of this, Emma Carlson Berne did keep me entertained from beginning to end. Some moments were cute, I enjoyed the scenes with Hannah and her best friend, and the thriller aspect of the book kept my attention molded to the pages. 


First Line: Hannah Taylor leaned her finger on the doorbell of Colin's house, listening to the silvery chimes echo inside the sprawling Victorian.
Story: A
Cover: S

3 comments :

Sarah (saz101) said...

Oh I REALLY want to read this one, but seriously, Hannah sounds ANNOYING. Glad you liked it despite this:)

sonia said...

Even though the premise is played out in so many different books/movies, it's one I still manage to enjoy so I'll probably read this. And I really like the cover though, it too, is sort of cliche.

Alison Can Read said...

It must have been an excellent plot if you liked it in spite of a weak character. Usually that is the death knell for a book. Great review.

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