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Preview — Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne
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 t...more
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 ...more
Hannah decides to go on a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are ...more
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 ...more
Edit: I almost forgot: "He ate manfully." Really? ...
Edit 2: After talking with my sister about my feelings on the book I am ch ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Still Waters is a scary read ...more
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 it..it'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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hannah was a likable character. Yeah, she was oblivious and not very smart in the decisions she made, but she was still okay. Colin was strange, creepy and in the end likeable. Because of the premise, I knew that I couldn’t trust the guy. In ...more
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 ...more