- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Publishing (1 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 154204250X
- ISBN-13: 978-1542042505
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 327 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,952 customer ratings
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Debbie Herbert is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author who's always been fascinated by magic, romance, and Gothic stories. Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and Jet Skiing with her husband. She has two grown sons, and the oldest has autism. Characters with autism frequently appear in her works--even when she doesn't plan on it.
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After a summer-night swim 14 year old Violet is found confused, wandering in the forest—and her best friend Ainsley has disappeared. Everyone is accusing Violet of murder however without a body, murder charges won’t stick, yet Violet is sent away to an institution.
The story picks up when she returns 10 years later and goes back and forth between that tragic night and the present day - sort of flashback like but mainly her trying to piece things together as she has no solid memory of what happened that night yet it has wreaked havoc on her mental health.
On the edge of madness, Violet must fight to keep her sanity long enough for the terrible truth to float up from the ‘cold waters’.
By the end of the book many mysteries are revealed, and the reader is left spinning. It is definitely a psychological thriller in it’s most nightmarish form. Highly recommended. 4.5 Stars
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Slightly less enamoured by the rest of the book. The evil sister seemed a bit of a cliche, same with the three cops.
The plot seemed just a bit too complicated to be plausible but perhaps novels don't have to be plausible.
It verged on ridiculous at times which was a shame as I did really love the beginning.
This a dark tale about Violet who was suspected of murdering her best friend, Ainsley 11 years before when they were both kids. Violet has total amnesia of the whole incident. After 11 years in various psychiatric facilities, Violet returns to Normal, Alabama (nothing normal about it at all!). She returns to her half sister, Delaney, and father who has dementia in the hope she can face her demons, collect her inheritance left by her mother and leave. But all is not as it seems.
Delaney is a vile character, I really enjoyed disliking her. I felt so sorry for violet. This whole book is about choices, secrets and lies and no matter what we do, the past will catch up with up with us eventually. I can't sat too much about the things I didn't like as it would give away the ending... but the theme of lies continues throughout and those who deserve it don't get their comeuppance and those who don't deserve it getting dragged into a situation somewhat unfairly. I don't really like injustice and unfairness. As this is Alabama book 1, there could be more left in this tale.
The story moves backwards and forwards in time and from the perspectives of different characters which makes for a really compelling read.
With this in mind I read on after the "twist" in the story became fairly obvious, looking forward to seeing how the story resolved. Disappointingly would be an understatement. A series of frankly unbelievable, unfair, and cliched events seemed somewhat like a race to the finish line in what had previously been a well paced, very readable novel.
I certainly won't rule out seeking more material from this author, indeed the disappointment in the book's resolution was perhaps only highlighted by the strength of the earlier chapters. Something of an opportunity missed.