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Cold Waters

Normal, Alabama, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, so Violet is sent away. 

After more than a decade in a psychiatric ward, Violet returns to her broken-down hometown of Normal, Alabama, to claim her dead mother’s inheritance and help her overworked sister care for their unstable, alcoholic father. Violet, still haunted by that night eleven years ago, endures horrific flashbacks and twisted hallucinations while townsfolk spit accusations - and for all she knows, they’re right. 

As the summer heats up, details of Ainsley’s fate appear like a beast’s wild eyes, watching in the darkness, and grim revelations about Violet’s family threaten to devour her. Already on the edge of madness, Violet must fight to keep her sanity long enough for the terrible truth to burst from the cold, dark waters.

©2019 by Debbie Herbert. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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feast your heart out with this mystery :)

Cold Waters keeps you wondering. Surprise await you when you least expect it, and it's not what you think either. You will wonder and speculate over every twist and turn. Knowledge will evoke and absorb your interest just as intently as youll revel in the story because it somehow manages to web it's way to your thoughts long after you have finished the book.

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Slightly Predictable

Full Bodied made for TV story. Narrator did a great performance but her voice seemed too old for the actual main character. Was able to play an array of characters and ages. Very entertaining.

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Excellent Story

This book had me hooked very early on and never let me down. While I had the actual killer pegged, there were enough twists to make me keep guessing if I was correct until the end.

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  • squishy
  • Hemphill, TX, United States
  • 05-11-19

Pretty good, but

While i liked the plot, there were some pretty good twists, I really got tired of Violet's back and forth view of Delaney. Even after being slapped in the face(literally) with the proof of Delaney being a manipulative, lying b$$$$, she STILL had doubts! It just got old and frustrating. I did think i had it all figured out when another twist was thrown in which was fun. Also the honest portrayal of treatment of someone with a past with mental health was refreshing. Its hard to recover from. I'd recommend as a good little mystery.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-05-19

Pretty good

This is a pretty good mystery. The story is complex and told from different points of view. My only complaint is that the book had a slow pace.

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  • Donna
  • ABERDEEN, NC, US
  • 05-03-19

Mysterious

at first I thought the story dragged however it picked up and kept me engaged

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tried n tried

had most of story figured out by 3rd chapter
kept listening just to see if I was correct.
I was. Narrators have pleasant voices and not not hinder the story in any way.. didn't listen to book all in one setting, but didn't give up on it either.