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Still Waters

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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 t

Paperback, 212 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published December 1st 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Let's see if I can sum up this book in two short paragraphs:

The concept behind Still Waters reminded me a lot of The Shining*, in that it's about a not-very-bright girl named Hannah who goes to an isolated lake house for a romantic getaway, and once they're there, her boyfriend Colin starts acting really weird. Except that, unlike that other masterpiece of horror, there isn't any snow. Or tension. Or creepiness.

Unfortunately, while I liked the basic idea behind the book, this very short novel c
Dec 22, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it
I've noticed a few people compare this to The Shining. But (and yes you'll think I've been living under a rock… but… it's a very pretty rock!) I've never read or watched The Shining so to me this was all new and extremely creepy. I went into Still Waters expecting a really ominous plot with a not always bright protagonist - like your average horror flick, and that's what I got. Still Waters is fun, freaky and got my adrenalin pumping.

Hannah decides to go on a romantic getaway with her boyfriend,
The main character is annoying, there is very little tension and/or creepiness, and the book ends (at least the main plot) abruptly.

The writing wasn't terrible, however I never really cared one way or the other about any of the characters. Well, none if them other than the MC, Hannah, whom I considered supremely selfish. Seriously, they could've been picked up by the Death Star & I wouldn't have cared...except to wonder why Vader found them so fascinating.

I kind of loathed Hannah, which is
Feb 28, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Have you ever looked at the synopsis of a book and been really excited to read it? Then, you read it and by the last page you are saying "huh??" because you didn't understand any of it? Well....sadly, that is how I felt about this book.

Hannah and Colin are dating. Colin is a super cute guy while Hannah is slightly nerdy and she cannot believe that Colin actually wants to be with her. On Colin's graduation night, he tells Hannah he loves her but she cannot say the words back. Colin is upset and w
Aug 19, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok
This book seemed right up my alley and I did enjoy most of the book, until the end.
At first I was wondering how they were going to wrap it up within only a few chapters then I realized...they weren't going to resolve much.

Colin still has problems to deal with such as the possible psychotic episodes he could experience in college.

He didn't get in any trouble for attempted murder.

The parents never come to terms with Colin remembering what happened.

The parents don't get in any trouble for being ac
Page (One Book At A Time)
I was really looking forward to this book. It had an interesting premise. I've always had a fondness for mysteries, and there's just not enough of them in the young adult genre. I was hoping it might live up to what I had build up in my mind.

I initially like the characters. Hannah and Colin seemed to be your typical teenagers, especially when it comes to their relationship. They're high school sweethearts that are beginning to feel the stress of what might happen after Colin lives for college. E
Book covers do wonders to a book....and what do you know its a thriller as well. Well read on to find my review of Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne.

Here is the summary of the book:

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
Cheyenne Teska
Dec 12, 2011 Cheyenne Teska rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
After a year of being together, Colin expects Hannah to be ready to say the "L" word. Love. He's said it to her time and time again, hoping that she would soon return the feeling. It's not often that you read about a female character that's not willing to let these three little words rush out her her mouth the first chance she gets. Instead, Hannah plans a surprise vacation to the cabin that Colin's family owned. Colin doesn't seem too eager, especially when she spills where they're going while ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Hope rated it it was ok
Well....that ended rather abruptly. It was getting good and intense and scary and then was done, everything was explained simply and that was it. I did enjoy it up until the ending, the characters were interesting, the setting eerie, and the pace(once again only until the end) was excellent. I also loved the cover, which is what first drew me to the book.

Edit: I almost forgot: "He ate manfully." Really? ...

Edit 2: After talking with my sister about my feelings on the book I am ch
Mar 16, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok
I can't believe this book has actually been published as it is. I've read books before with disappointing endings, or books that use cliff hangers instead of resolving all the plot points, but this book just... I'm not even sure what happened to the main plot??

It starts off promisingly creepy and suspensful, I had so many theories in my head of what was going to happen. A young couple run off for the weekend without telling anyone exactly where they're going, which turns out to be an almost des
Jan 14, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for Still Waters. I hadn't read a mystery in a while, and I was excited for that thrill you always get from reading a good mystery. And while I thought the creepiness was well-done and it did provide a nice change from the books I normally read, I was really disappointed by Still Waters.

From the first page on, the writing annoyed me. The sentences are choppy and the writing style is amateurish and cliched. It gets better towards the end of the book, but I still didn't like the w
Jan 25, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it you're just gonna end the book right there Emma Carlson Berne? Really? How about, oh, I don't know, resolving things?! You can't just drop a random insane bomb on me like that and then a few pages later, go ahead and end the book. You just can't. That wasn't an ending. WHERE'S THE REST OF THE STORY? It took you that long to actually have something happen and then you just moved along like it was nothing, and tied things up with a pretty bow and ended it. Were you behind schedule on you ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Raven rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-loathe
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Miranda Merrill
Mar 29, 2012 Miranda Merrill rated it it was ok
Let me start off by saying that this book to me seem like a poor rip-off of the The Shining. Being that I am a Maine Native we love our Stephen King and this book just didn’t make the grade. Still Waters too me was a pretty cover but once you opened it and began reading it wasn’t so pretty anymore.
Still Waters is about Hannah who is planning a romantic weekend getaway with her boyfriend Colin in an old family cabin. Once they get there things start to not feel right and Colin begins to become m
Jessica at Book Sake
Dec 23, 2011 Jessica at Book Sake rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love YA thrillers specifically because you know there is always some romance mixed in there. This was no exception to the rule. Hannah and her boyfriend are both pretty starry eyed and they can both ooze with romance at different times. Then comes the thriller part, Hannah acts “unlike” herself by planning the trip to the lake house – which is completely out of character for her, but she’s not the one we are worried about. It’s when Colin acts nothing like himself that it starts to get weird. ...more
Annmarie Ager
Dec 28, 2011 Annmarie Ager rated it it was ok
I have wanted to read this book for a while so I was super pleased to get a copy from my friend at Christmas. This book was only small so I knew it would not take me to long to read so I started the book as soon as I got it.

The story starts with you really getting to know Hannah. Hannah is normally a good and honest girl that spends her time helping her mum look after her little brother and being with her boyfriend Colin. Colin is a smart guy that you could see picking any girl he wants but he
Jan 15, 2012 Aleixie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE!! Don't want to put them through torture.
Charming. Just charming.

I have never read a book and wasn't able to finish it. Thats saying something.

The things that bugged me.

*The heroin is not a heroin. Her decitions are completly irrational and if that was the authors intention, I am sorry to say that they have failed. I could not distingwish the difference beetween the crappy heroin and one with issues. It didnt just cut it for me.

*Hannah was emotionless...and very selfish. Not caring that she upset so many people--her mom, Daniel (her br
Apr 24, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
So…Still Waters. I had some issues with this one, beginning with Hannah herself. I didn’t understand her propensity for lying, and I didn’t understand her kind of infantalized treatment by her mother. For someone who had graduated from high school it struck me as kind of odd that she’d have to beg and plead to be allowed to go out of town FOR WORK (which, granted, was a lie…but still). Maybe my parents were just more easygoing than I thought? While it was nice to see some actual parenting in a Y ...more
Alex Bennett
I knew when I first read the description of Still Waters that I wanted to read it. Those few paragraphs on the back of the book let me know that Still Waters would be one creepy book, and wow was I right.

Still Waters takes a while to actually get scary, and for the majority of the book is a descriptive story of two teenagers on a getaway to a cryptic old cabin. But eventually, the pace of Still Waters crescendos and is from there on out un-put-down-able. I haven’t read many thrillers or horror b
Richard Denney
Mar 30, 2012 Richard Denney rated it it was ok
**Spoiler Free**

I have a Vlog coming up on my channel for this book and I think I explain it better
in the video. This book was very similar to "The Shining" (1980) starring Jack Nicholson with the story line of going away to an isolated area and the male character going crazy. Hannah, our protagonist, didn't have a backbone. If someone tried to kill her, she'd probably be dead within a minute. Hannah is pretty much "Wendy Torrance" from The Shining but at least Wendy had balls in parts of the fi
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Everyone is comparing this book to The Shining, but since I've never watched or read The Shining, I don't see that.

I disliked Hannah instantly. The idea of having a romantic getaway with your boyfriend before he leaves for college is good, but the idea of taking him to a cabin in the middle of no where that he has expressed his hatred for? Dumb idea. But I kept reading anyway because it was interesting enough and I wanted to see
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
The premise of this book had so much potential but it just did not live up to it at all in my opinion.

Hannah is a very weak protagonist and she also made decisions that just did not seem to make any sense at all.

Parts of the book were so unbelievable in terms of how people would act or react in certain situations that the book felt a little ridiculous in parts.

I was also extremely disappointed with the ending which kind of left me going 'really? I read all this for that!'

Overall very disappointi
Mar 19, 2013 Bria rated it liked it
This was the type of book that I like to call, a cool-glass-of-lemonade book. It's short, fast, that easy read that you finish within a day. It's a spooky, mystery with a little romance mixed in.

As you can probably tell, I'm more of a 600+ page paranormal romance kinda girl, but this was a nice change of pace. The suspense was pretty good, and it built up towards the end. And I was actually pretty impressed with the character development. Hannah was an instantly likeable girl, she was torn betwe
Sherry Ellis
Feb 06, 2012 Sherry Ellis rated it it was amazing
Hannah and her boyfriend, Colin, have been dating for a year. Super sweet hunk, Colin, has no trouble telling Hannah that he loves her. But Hannah is just not sure. Perhaps a getaway alone with him will help her say those three words: I love you. While at Colin's house, she finds a map of an old vacation home. Perfect. She plans a surprise trip, and soon she and Colin are at the Pine House. What happens there is super creepy, and not at all what Hannah had envisioned.

Still Waters is a scary read
Jan 18, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I kept hearing not-so-positive things about Still Waters, but knew I had to give it a try. The premise sounds creepy (and fun).

I loved the book up until the last few chapters. I kept telling my reading-buddies "Well, I don't get why people aren't crazy about's great." Things fizzed out, if fell flat. There was a great build-up then the ending was just...there. I think it could've been better if it had ended just a bit earlier with a more...shocking ending.

I urge everyone to give it a try
Emma Louise
Feb 15, 2012 Emma Louise rated it it was ok
Shelves: bought
This could have been so much better than it was. The premise is still quite interesting to me however this book was certainly not executed the way I had hoped it would have been. It was boring, the characters were dull and cliche and without an inch of personality, and honestly nothing really interesting happened. The writing was hollow and repetitive, using the same descriptions over and over, and none of the excitement or anticipation was there at all. It was awkward and lacked a lot in many a ...more
Jessica Journey
Apr 17, 2014 Jessica Journey rated it liked it
Shelves: creep-factor
This woman knows how to write a creepy story.
I adore it. The premise (and this genre in general) didn't particularly sound like my thing, but Carlson Berne's "Never Let You Go" pleasantly surprised and creeped me out so much that I gave this one a try.
It wasn't perfect, for reasons that I think are fully covered by the numerous other reviews here on Goodreads, and it's not exactly a literary classic, but wow, the suspense. She builds it up so slowly that it's deliciously maddening. I have to re
Jan 12, 2012 Hailee rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
This was alright. Creepy in parts, yes, but based on the description I thought it would completely freak me out, which did not happen. Hannah was a little irratating. The ending was a little predictable. The writing was really good but it didn't "wow" me overall.
Aug 11, 2012 Blythe marked it as to-read-maybe
The girl on the cover looks a lot like Rose from Titanic...

And on the cover it says, "He'll never let her go."

Is this some sort of Titanic fanfiction?
Alyssa Greatbanks
Feb 18, 2014 Alyssa Greatbanks rated it really liked it
This book was very...creepy. The slow decent into something very very wrong was chilling, and the terror that Hannah felt really get to you. Not only those, but when you find out why all this has been happening it is completely heartbreaking.

Great book. I believe it is sold under "Teen" books, I probably wouldn't read it too young, 17+ if anything. A very emotionally draining book, but a good book nonetheless. It has a slow start, but it picks up about half way through when everything starts goi
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Emma Carlson Berne is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO (coming Fall 2012 from Simon & Schuster). She has also written the thrillers FIGMENT and CHOKER under the pen name Elizabeth Woods. She lives and writes in Cincinnati. Learn more about Emma and contact her directly at her website, Or check out Emma Carlson Berne Books on http://www. ...more
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