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 though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn't seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin's dark side, and her own safety.
Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.
The main character Hannah is just not redeemable, which makes her hard to like. I don't know what would possess Hannah, to take her boyfriend to a place she barely knew how to get to. That should have been the first red flag. If someplace doesn't show up on google, then I wouldn't go there. And who doesn't bring food to a place that will most likely be in the middle of nowhere? I'm sorry Hannah, but I wouldn't have done the same.
But, the only thing that truly bothered me was that in the end, everything turned out okay. In fact, that awful trip made their relationship stronger? Please, this would never happen. Someone would have died, or gotten hurt, or broken up with someone. The book just ended too easy. The author builds the suspense up, and then it just kind of falls flat.
A lot of the plot just falls short and doesn't seem to go anywhere.
I would probably not specifically recommend this to anyone, because it was just an average read. But, having that said, I wouldn't specifically tell someone not to read it. If it interests you, then read it. If not, I'm not going to force you to read it.
1. Hannah: When I first started reading I was annoyed with basically everyone. Hannah was acting completely absurd about a few things. For one, she kept acting as if “breaking into” her boyfriend’s house was going to damn her to hell and the police were going to jump out and arrest her. It was a little too dramatic for me. Second, I don’t think the story delves enough into the relationship between Hannah and her younger brother for her to feel so guilty about leaving him. For two days. But the thing that was annoying me the most was probably that her boyfriend kept acting like a creepy weirdo and she just shrugged it off for a long time. I do understand that to a degree, but at some point it started to become absurd.
2. Colin: I never really like Colin through the course of the book. Except for maybe the ending, but I’m still not his biggest fan.
3. Plot-holes: There were some small little plot-holes at the end that just made it seem like they got kind of lazy at the end of the book. Not to mention the town not being on the map and the house looking lived in are never really explained.
4. Dialogue: This is something I rarely notice, but I found it to be a little odd at times in Still Waters.
Anyway, that’s enough griping because I did actually enjoy this book.
Before this book I read a zombie book and I can honestly say that Still Waters creeped me out way more. I think part of that has to do with the fact that this story was much more realistic. It’s easier to place yourself in a situation such as Hannah was in.
It also seriously got my pulse pounding. Sometimes I felt like I was watching a horror/thriller in my head and I kept wanting to yell “No! Don’t do that! Can’t you see you’re going to get killed or something?!?” Still Waters had me absolutely pinned to the edge of my seat in anticipation. So much so that I accidentally stayed up until 4am finishing it.
The Nutshell: Though there were quite a few things in Still Waters keeping it from being completely fantastic, it was still rater enjoyable. It was a quick read, especially after hitting all the scary parts. If you love a good thriller (sort of) mystery then this one is definitely worth your time.