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Brett Tanager is the writer/producer of a hit TV detective show until the mistakes and bad decisions of one dreadful drug-addled night send her life skidding out of control into a downward spiral that takes her job, family, savings and self-respect.

At her lowest ebb she is approached by Julia, her sixteen-year-old former stepdaughter whose best friend Caleigh has
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
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Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-shelf, e-book
Coldwater: A Novel by Diana Gould is a Gilbraltar Road/ Rare Bird Books publication. This book was released in April 2013. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the digital copy of this book.

Brett's life is going along alright. She has a good job as a scriptwriter for a crime show, she is living with her boyfriend and his daughter. But, Brett likes doing drugs and in her determination to score some coke one night, she does something REALLY BAD. From that point on her life circles the drain.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Diana Gould’s Coldwater grabs you from the start, its flawed protagonist demanding your condemnation before sneaking past your defenses to lay claim to sympathy instead. The story stands up to all those gritty LA noir mysteries out there, and Brett Tanager can certainly take her place among those seedy male protagonists who drink too much, feel overwhelmed with remorse for the people they’ve hurt, and generally save the day, solve mysteries, and put bad guys behind bars. By the end of the first ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Gwad! Did you read the summary? If you didn't, then do it. The summary was good, right?
I was so glad when I got this book and received it in the mail. Finally, I could start reading it!

The beginning was really good, it got my attention right a way. Books that start like that are like heaven to me, especially since my patience is small. The action started right away and it was never a dull moment. I felt it tingling in my stomach many times,
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book about two machines: (a) the mind and (b) the image industry, which advertisers pay to supply our minds with images.

The theme of this book is the caliber of mental resolve needed to see beyond the seductions of those two machines.

There are many other books on this subject, written mostly by bovinely placid but sagacious looking fellows with beards and strange names who live in caves or other odd places and who, dressed in silken robes, give discourses on flowers. Usually their
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
(ARC received from publisher in exchange for honest review.)

This book was about a very dark subject – child prostitution – and great mystery/thriller that kept me in suspense until the end.

I loved the first person stream of consciousness narration that the book began in. I also loved that the heroine wasn’t a better than perfect individual but horribly flawed addict that struggled to make the right choices.
Alex McGilvery
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brett Tanager is a screen writer and a successful one. Brett is also an addict. It is her addictions that put her on the road late at night and high where she kills someone in a hit and run. Brett hides her secret from everyone, but the secret makes her addictions worse. She loses the people she loved and is close to losing herself. She has only bits and pieces of memories as her drinking and drugs cause her to black out.

Brett is sitting in someone else’s house considering walking into the ocean
John Johnstone
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Normally a debut novel I avoid however this is one I am glad I did not miss. Diana Gould has made a great start and more like this will be extremely welcome.

A story of an addict and the struggle to get clean and all the emotions and hardships that come with it. Set in Hollywood's tv and film business, Brett Tanager script writer falls from grace and battles back motivated by her step daughter. It is a gripping thriller in the Hollywood tv detective style, written in a way that keeps you wanting
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won & received this book through Goodreads.

Great read! Couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing pretty much straight through. Brett was a completely unexpected heroine. Very good example of not letting your past bad decisions define who you are, and tha you can always choose to do the right thing, one day at a time.
This is an incredible read. Finding out that drugs brought out her creativity and kept her going, Brett starts down a bad road.

It leads to a wonderful, well written story, with unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning page after page!

So happy to have won this book as a Goodreads giveaway! I will now watch for every Diana Gould book I can find! What a wonderful writer!
Kelley Aaron
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book stayed engaging throughout. I thought it was a great read - recommend it highly. It is a great thriller, but also very thought provoking it terms of life in general.
I received a free copy from NetGalley. Main character is an ex TV script writer who has a dark secret so she's nearly hit bottom as an addict but instead of hitting bottom her life gets a purpose when her ex-step-daughter goes missing. Lots of stereo types and action. Current topics. I liked the ending.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
TITLE: Coldwater
AUTHOR: Diana Gould
GENRE: Addiction/Recovery/Danger;
AUDIENCE: Audience YA to Adult
PUBLISHER: Gibraltar Road
PUB DATE: Apr 16 2013

REVIEW: Brett Tanager is the writer/producer of a hit TV detective show, but a draft is due by morning and she just can't write without Coke. Cocaine, that is. Her partner's daughter is asleep, but her dealer won't come to the house. In order to finish the script, she needs to go get her fix. Which is not to say she doesn't already have drugs in her
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-books
Having won this book from a Goodreads giveaway, I was looking forward to reading this book the moment it arrived. The mystery/suspense genre has always been one of my favorites. The author promised an intriguing, dark and fast-paced book. I think it's safe to say that she definitely delivered.

The book began in the midst of Brett's downward spiral. For all of her success, she couldn't see that her addictions were taking away everything that she held dear. A stupid decision was all it took for her
Patrice Hoffman
Coldwater by Diana Gould is a first person narrative crime/suspense novel starring Brett Tanager. Brett was once a successful writer for a hit television detective show before her world unravels by her abuse of drugs and alcohol. One tragic night causes her to lose her job, family, and her money so when her ex-stepdaughter approaches her to help her find a friend who's gone missing, Brett jumps at the opportunity at redemption all while battling through her own demons.

Julia, Brett's stepdaughter
Teena in Toronto
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
When the story begins, Brett seems to have it all. She is a writer/producer of one of the hottest shows on TV, is living with Jonathon and is "stepmother" to his daughter, Julia. Unfortunately she is addicted to drugs and booze. While out scoring some drugs one night, she hits and kills a woman with her car (she doesn't get caught) and this sets her on an even more destructive spiral.

Fast forward a couple years and Brett has hit bottom. She and Jonathon have broken up (and he has since married
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Being a scriptwriter for a TV show means that Brett Tanager has to be on strict deadlines most of the time. It also means she has to keep writing great scripts if her show is to keep its ratings. In order to write great scripts, Brett feels she needs some help -- alcohol and drugs.

When she needed to have a script ready at six in the morning the next day, Brett had to scramble to get some "coke" from her dealer if she is to get anything done right. She leaves her stepdaughter sleeping and drives
Michael McGuire
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of mysteries and this one is unique and wonderful. I had given up on the usual mystery novels filled with the usual plots and characters. Diana Gould has crafted a fantastic take on the age-old sins of pride, greed, lust and jealousy with more than you can imagine from the world of addiction and self-destruction. Noir is by nature dark and disturbing and this is no exception. The fall from grace by Brett Tanager is horrific and precipitous as a result of a crime she commits while ...more
Nicole Wright
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have just recently gotten into more mystery/thriller type books and just finished reading Coldwater: A Novel by Diana Gould. Gould spent years writing for television, with Coldwater being her first novel.

Brett wakes up from her most recent alcohol induced blackout wondering where she is today. These blackouts now occur to Brett on a regular basis. One late night, on a drug run Brett hits something on a dark and winding road. It was just an animal right? Brett rose to fame as a writer for a
Vivian Harrington
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Coldwater by Diana Gould ~ A Book Review

Coldwater is a dark thriller that begins with a coke and alcohol addicted writer of a successful detective television series committing vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of the accident. This is the catalyst of Brett Tanager’s spectacular spiraling downfall from the heights of the Hollywood elite to the depths of despair, guilt and loss.

Gould’s portrayal of Tanager as an addict plunging to her bottom is stark and realistic. It is clear that Gould
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
The entertainment industry, amirite? Also drugs and alcohol. Because redemption.

Coldwater calls itself "femme noir," which I'm not at all sure about as a genre in general or in reference to Coldwater in particular, but whatever. Our hapless heroine is Brett Tanager, a member of the Hollywood elite until her drug problem renders her unemployable. Rock bottom is hit. Life changes are made. There is a stepdaughter who goes missing and several murders that it seems only Brett can solve. Also AA
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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My opinion: This storyline is a perfect example on why I love the freshness of debut authors. Ms. Gould lays out dysfunctional characters perfectly and with a masterful strength that allows for multiple twists and one thankful that their life doesn't seem quite as nutty!proved that the life of the rich and famous isn't always champagne and caviar. I loved how dark she was able to go through out the entire book. I can't go deeper or else I'd be heading into
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is a fairly easy read that flows well and didn't take long to get through. We are introduced to Brett in chapter one, who is a selfish addict neglecting her family living the Hollywood dream. We next meet her when she had reached rock bottom and has lost everything. She becomes embroiled in a missing girl mystery, with child prostitution at its heart. Her step daughter ends up kidnapped and Brett sets off on her trail.

I enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Brett. The only flaw
Laurie Stevens
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Diana Gould wrote for television and in her book "Coldwater", good, snappy dialogue and easy flowing description is very strong. My reason for giving this book only 2 stars is that, throughout the plot, I found a lot of what my writing mentor (also a television writer/producer)refers to as "Writer Says." There was a bit too much crucial information pulled out of a hat at the last minute. Given the fact that it's easy enough to weave a line or two of foreshadowing a couple of chapters ahead of ...more
Carlton Davis
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This mystery started off terrific and then descended into the unbelievable. The protagonist gets shot in the chest 5 or 6 days before she survives a car explosion that propelled her into the air, after that she scrambles up a stream bed windmilling through brambles, then grasps on to a roof edge and pulls herself up onto the roof. I think how could anyone do this after a bullet wound in the chest less than a week earlier. The undercurrent of buddhist meditation practice that allows the heroine ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gould, Diana
caught in her own addiction Brett has been approached by her ex step daughter, Julie for help finding her friend... Brett is lost in a morass of criminal activity, of drugs sex and child molestation. Can she find Julie in the depraved world that killed Julie's friend... or will Julie be lost as well in the destitute violence that took her friends like... His is a quick read with an enthralling story line of Star and production? Brett joins forces with two private
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery and the construction. I really liked Brett as a narrator. Her flaws made her interesting and kept me intrigued about her character. Watching her become more healthy and self-aware as she searched for Julia was a great way to move the plot forward in an engaging way. The only negative criticism I have is the proofreading errors. A few typos are present and Paolo Navarro's name is misspelled as "Paulo" several times. It was a distracting error, but I still enjoyed the book ...more
Jeri A Estes
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Tinsel Town you won't read about in People Magazine! Coldwater by Diana Gould is an entertaining, fast paced and intriguing novel. Ms Gould's endearing and intelligent heroine leads us through a shockingly sordid underbelly riddled with Hollywood's elite. What makes this taut, noir-esque thriller stand out from your standard Tinsel Town fare is that the story also takes us down a different road of the not so glamorous struggle for spiritual redemption. Although it took me just a few days to ...more
Kimber Burnett
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a First Reads from goodreads!

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end! The main character, Brett, is an alcoholic and drug addict. While under the influence of both, she makes some really bad decisions. as a result she loses everything. When A girl goes missing, the only person Brett cares about asks her for help. Brett has to kick these addictions to be of any help...
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hollywood
What a gripping debut thriller, all with the delicious details of Hollywood and the TV business. Diana is a fellow mystery writer, but that didn't influence me in my enjoyment of her first novel. Her protagonist, plagued with substance abuse, has a terrible secret that is revealed in the beginning of the book, but casts a long shadow on the decisions that she subsequently makes in solving a mystery. The pages kept turning. The beautiful prose was an added plus. Bravo!
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She attended the High School of Music and Art, and graduated from UCLA in 1967 with a B.A. in Film.

She wrote a screenplay in college which was made into the film “Jenny,” which starred Marlo Thomas and Alan Alda. The script was rewritten in haste by its director, George Bloomfield with Martin Lavut, and the finished product bore little resemblance to the film she had written, and she received
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