From bestselling author Debbie Herbert comes a chilling, fast-paced story about family tragedy and confronting what terrifies us most.
In the eighteen years since her father went to prison for killing her mother and brother, Della Stallings has battled a crippling phobia. Her fear only grows when her father’s released. She still believes he killed her family, but the po...more
Della Stallings’ father went to prison for murdering her mother and brother. Della was the sole survivor of this tragedy, one that has left her with a debilitating p ...more
Della Stallings has an almost insuperable phobia. Her father went to prison 18 years ago for killing her mother and brother. He's now been released and her fear is growing by leaps and bounds. She still believes he is guilty of murder and now that he has been released on a technicality, similar murders are occurring that seem to implicate him.
Has her father resumed his killing ... or is he being framed?
To find the truth, Della must face her greatest fears and doubts—not only to find justice for ...more
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An atmospheric thriller. Vivid setting. Interesting characters. Gripping story.
Srorched Grounds is a chilling triller about a family tragedy. Della was only 8 when her mother and brother were killed. She barely herself escape the killer. Her father was the main suspect and was in prison for 18 years before being released. Which only worsen her phobia. She still believe that her father is responsible for the murder of her family but the police don't have enough proof to keep ...more
In my younger years, I loved reading books by Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and others who wrote in the Gothic romance genre. I am happy to have found a similar author in Debbie Herbert.
Della Stallings is traumatized at the age of 8 when her mother and younger brother, Jimmy, are brutally stabbed and the killer chases her through the woods. When her father is convicted of the heinous crime, Della goes to live with her Aunt Sylvie. Fast forward 20 years and Della's father, Hunter, is released fr ...more
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This book is the second book in the Normal, Alabama series. I only realised this after I finished reading the book and it made absolutely no difference. This book can be read in the series or as a standalone. I looked at a review of someone who had read both and it states that the characters are completely new in this story so there is no background story to know.
I would class this book as a Gothic crime, possibly ev ...more
After losing her mother and brother, having to deal with her fathers release from prison is just too much to bear.
When similar crimes begin happening, all fingers point to the father as the culprit, but is he really guilty?
I had guessed it totally wrong! I kept trying to figure it out, but I was so wrong!
I was left absolutely speechless at the reveal. I will have to keep my eye out for other books by this author.
I think SCORCHED GROUNDS is a taut and suspenseful thriller and I enjoyed it even better than the previous story COLD WATERS. Years ago, Della's mother and little brother were murdered presumably by her father and he is now being released from prison. And now she has to come to grips with the fact that many people in her hometown are starting to believe him. She works the night shift at the local hospital and begins to feel as if she is being watched. Then another murder occurs implicat ...more
Della is 26 and one of the narrators. The novel stems mostly from her story of when she was eight and witnessed the murders of her mother and brother. She was able to escape from the killer but not before she developed a rare phobia of the color red. Her dad went to prison for the murders but he has been recently released. And then someone else is murdered.
From bestselling author Debbie Herbert comes a chilling, fast-paced story about family tragedy and confronting what terrifies us most. In the eighteen years since her father went to prison for killing her mother and brother, Della Stallings has battled a crippling phobia. Her fear only grows when her father’s released. She still believes he killed her family, but the police don’t have enough evidence to arrest him again. When new grisly murders occur—each bearing the telltale signs th ...more
This book was a certainly very intense read....it put me on edge and with the winds blowing outside it could have been perfect in a halloween night really gripping, dark , twisted....an excellent thriller. While this is part of a series set in the same city this is a real stand alone i didn't know there was another book but nothing felt like missing it's a complete independent story.
The author uses different point of views to ...more
Della Stallings was only a child when she heard her Mother and Father arguing, her younger brother was also away and went downstairs. Della ran to her room, called the police, she went back downstairs, and saw her Mother and her brother dead and a shadow of a man dressed in black standing over them. She ran.
Her father was convicte ...more
This book was an amazing book. From the very beginning you knew you were in for a treat. And, a good one at that. And, when it really took off you were in for the long-haul. The story was gripming, well written, and well-read, I used the immersive reading to dive into this one and it definitely made it a great experience. Ms Herbert takes you right into the action and makes you feel right at home all the while driving the roller-coaster with such precision it would ...more
Bought the Kindle version of this because I really wanted to know what would happen next in Normal, Alabama (yes, yes, because I am from Alabama, but not only because of that).
This book did not follow up proper with all of our characters/plot lines from the first in the series, but that's OK. It's more like the town is the main character than any specific people, and I'm totally down with that.
This book seemed, ummmmmm.....more.....stealthy? than the f ...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