Sunday, 22 April 2012

Review: Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Still WatersReviewed by Gina
Date Read: March 27th, 2012
Date Published: December 20th, 2011
Publishers: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
Pages: 212
Blurb: 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 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 was expecting a lot from this book because the blurb sounded amazing. I was a little disappointed because I thought it could have been better, it is only a small book, but I did enjoy most of this book. This book was creepy as and there were a few times when the hairs on my arms rose. Yes, the book was THAT creepy.

Hannah sneaks off with her Boyfriend Colin to his old summer home but when he finds out they’re going there he begins to freak out and act weird. He’s not his usual self but Hannah just thinks it’s because he hasn’t been there in years. Things start to go wrong when they get there and the things that happen in the house make Hannah wish she’d never suggested the trip.

I’m beginning to love mystery, thriller novels a lot more now and I enjoy reading the YA ones, have yet to try the more...sophisticated ones. I have to admit that at one point in this book I was scared because I could imagine what it would be like and I shiver remembering it. I don’t think I connected with Hannah as much as I do with other characters in books because some times she was a bit boring, with nothing special about her. The one thing I did like was that she was fun at times and her relationship with Colin was sweet.

The overall rating for this book on Goodreads is pretty low and that may have to do with the bad ending. I came up with some that could have been a lot better but I just felt that it was left hanging. But this book was very realistic in places and it made me feel as if I was Hannah experiencing the crazy that was going on in this book. I have to say that when I read it at night I would try and not open my eyes in the dark in case I found someone in my room but I was safe.

This was a nice read and I did enjoy it. I would give it 3.5 stars but then I’d be giving it for the pretty cover and it doesn’t really count. But if you like tense books you should try this one.


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