From USA Today bestselling author Debbie Herbert comes a thrilling story of murder and madness set in the darkest corner of Alabama.
Everyone thinks fourteen-year-old Violet is a murderer. After a summer-night swim with her best friend, Ainsley, Violet is found confused, wandering in the forest—and Ainsley’s never seen again. But without a body, murder charges won’t stick...more
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When Violet was 14 years old, tragedy struck in the town of Normal, Alabama and the town blamed Violet for its loss. A young girl vanished without a trace, the last person to see her was Violet, who was found wandering in the fores ...more
Violet’s friend Ainsley disappears and Violet is suspected of her murder. She spends years in a psychiatric hospital and is now back in Normal, Alabama to help her (awful) sister care for their father who has dementia.
COLD WATERS is filled with unsavory characters from liars to mean girls (women) to sociopaths. Violet, who narrates a good portion o ...more
This was my First Read choice for April, I love psychological suspense books so this was a no-brainer. The story goes back and forth between the disappearance of Ainsley and the present day. Violet has no memory of what happened and it has wrecked havoc on her mental health since that night.
By the end of the book many mysteries come to light, it is definitely a psychological nightmare. It's a page turner, well worth the read.
A decade later, a skeleton is discovered and old secrets come to light.
There were many narrators in this story which might have been confusing but actually added to the insight into the characters’ psyche.
The central character earns sympathy off the top though it’s unclear exactly her role in her friend’s disappearance. Is she guilty or was it all an accident?
Getting to the ...more
Bless this author's heart, she wrote a book I'm sure exacted enormous amounts of effort, time, and determined hopes from her, and the most charitable thing I can say is "So THAT happened".
It's pretty awful.
Every sordid stereotype of inbred Alabama dysfunctional society crawls out from the dark pages of Herbert's tale. I didn't even grow up there and I'm still embarrassed for the poor place.
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2.0 out of 5 stars
April 7, 2019
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Publication date: May 1, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Not my usual sort of book but the author lives in Alabama and the book is set there in a town named Normal. And the description promised that the town is anything but normal. It all happens right next door in Alabama and is described by some as South ...more
... And I think I did a pretty good job picking this month!
The book begins with the main character, a young woman by the name of Violet Henderson, returning to her hometown of Normal, Alabama after she is finally declared mentally competent and released from the state's care. News of Violet's homecoming quickly spreads like wildfire through the small town of Normal, dredging up a lot of pain for several of the town's citizens, es ...more
The story opens with a bang, and I was immediately fascinated by Violet and her haunted past. As we learn about the circumstances surrounding the night of Ainsley's disappearance, I thought certain details would too easily be public knowledge, or ...more
The suspense of it kept me intrigued and I kept reading because I wanted to know what exactly had happened that night. The answer wasn't that big of a shock, but there were some other twists thrown in there that were kind of over the top. I do find myself a little interested in what happens to the characters in the future...
Without adding spoilers, I feel like a lot of scenarios in this book are too convenient. Characters change their ways for the good of the story. It was an interesting read, but it left me thinking that there’s no way would this person do that. Also, the words “cacophony” and “copse” were used too many times. Having said all that, I would read more into this series.
I think how the author handled Violet's mental instability was written well.
Overall I can't complain since this was an Amazon First Read, but I can't help but wonder if another book would have been worth it.
COLD WATERS is a true Southern Gothic, with all that entails. It is so moody and atmospheric that you can feel the oppressive heat shimmering off the asphalt and see the paint peeling off the porch on the dilapidated home to generations of a once wealthy family. The house, and family, bear little resemblance to their former opulence and status in a small town, along the Tennessee River.
The writing was good but Cold Waters is depressing from start ...more
More drama llamas running through this book than bulls at Pamplona!
I picked this book hoping to get a sense of small town Alabama, and a good mystery in the mix... instead, I know more about the Keurig machine in the police station in an 'old man vs new tech' trope than I do about the building itself. The characters themselves are drawn straight out of central casting and never really developed past their tightly confined narratives... they boarder on base stereot ...more
What to say about this book. I didn't hate it, so there's that. I didn't love it either, so there's that as well. It was a decent but very problematic psychological thriller for me. Initially it was engrossing but then my attention started to wane about halfway through and there's a few reasons for that. One is the unlikable characters, which is pretty much everyone in this book. I honestly couldn't tell you one person I cared for. Then ...more
Violet Henderson was accused of killing her best friend, Ainsley. Well they never found the body, but everyone in town blames Violet. Violet and Ainsley were together that night that Ainsley went missing. But, Violet can't remember what happened that night. She is sent away to a mental hospital where she stays for over 10 years. She is now coming home. Her Dad has been in the care of her sister, and Violet is going back home to help her sist ...more
I have a love-to-hate relationship with stories where the main character is being manipulated in some regard. It’s so intoxicating to read but I just want to grab Violet and shake some sense into her!
I loved Violet’s superstitious quirks, they reminded me a lot of my grandmother.
Herbert’s characters feel well rounded, even Delaney. However, I do wish more time was spent fleshing out Violet and Hyacinth’s relationship. The elderly ladies of Normal, Alabama seem really ...more
Meet Violet, after spending many years locked up in mental health facilities & halfway housing she is returning to her hometown. Her homecoming will not be welcoming from the townsfolk or what's left of her small dysfunctional family. These people feel she had something to do with the disappearance of her 14-year-old best friend but even Violet doesn't know what happened to her friend. They had snuck out at midnight to go skinny dipping. Hours la ...more
Debbie Herbert, a USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling writer, pens Psychological Suspense, romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and Gothic stories.
Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. When not working on her upcoming books, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and jet skiing with her husband. ...more