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Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Monday, December 19, 2011
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 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.

Goodreads Summary


Hannah and her boyfriend have been happy with each other for a long time.  Their relationship could not get much better.  Hannah decides to go off with Colin on a trip to his family's vacation house....little does she know that the house has more than a few skeletons in the closet.  Hannah must decide how she is going to cope with her boyfriend's rather sudden personality change-is there a reason? 

As a character, Hannah is easy to connect to and relate to.  She is fun, a tad impulsive, and crazy about her boyfriend; she is a normal teenage girl.  Colin is remarkably sweet.  Too often, readers read books with the "evil boyfriend" theme, the author puts a good twist on that theme in this novel while still maintaining a feeling of novelty.  Colin's thoughtfulness and care with Hannah will have the reader liking him.  They are really the only characters focused upon in the novel.  The reader will get to know them quite well.

The events were fast-paced and varied in terms of how much action there was.  The author had a great grasp on the reader's attention span;  right when the reader was lulled into a normal pace, the book would speed up.  The cover turns out to be telling, the reader will have an interesting mystery on his/her friends that is tempered by the main characters' romance.  This book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

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