Book Review | Still Waters

Title: Still Waters

Author: Emma Carlson Berne

My Review:

When Hannah’s college bound boyfriend Colin tells her that he loves her, she finds that she is unable to say those three little words back to him. She decides that they need some time away before he leaves, and that his family’s vacation cabin, Pine House, is the perfect setting to help her utter those magical words. Once they arrive, however, Colin starts to behave very strangely; it’s almost as if Colin has become someone else entirely. Why does Pine House have this effect on him, and just who is Colin?

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne had such an intriguing description that I couldn’t help but read it way sooner than planned. I wanted to know more about the town surrounding Pine House, why the house appeared to be inhabited when they arrived, and why Colin’s behavior was so off once they got there. Nothing about this book was anything like what I was expecting; I anticipated ghosts or at least something supernatural, but that’s not at all what you’ll find between the covers of Still Waters.

I knew after just a few chapters that I would ultimately be disappointed in this book. First of all, I didn’t really feel as if I got to connect with either Hannah or Colin. I didn’t really learn anything about either one of them, or their relationship with one another. How long had they been dating? How did they meet? None of that is explained, and it seemed vital to have this information, especially considering what happens at Pine House between Hannah and Colin.

All of the creepy stuff is explained in the last couple of chapters, when it should have been dished out little by little throughout the entire book. I love it when a book is so well written that all the pieces begin to finally click, but there is none of that. If anything, I had more questions at the end of the book, and felt a few things were not at all explained that should have been. At only 215 pages, there was definitely room to expand on those dangling threads, but Emma Carlson Berne did not. If there’s a sequel to Still Waters that touches on those threads, I still will not be reading it.

The last chapter was truly shocking to me. I was disgusted by the resolution between Hannah and Colin; had something like this happened in real life, there is no way the individuals involved would end up like Hannah and Colin. To say any more on the matter would be to ruin the enter point of the book, though. Still Waters was definitely not the book for me; I don’t recommend it, but I can see why it might appeal to other readers.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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