Still Waters is a very creepy, very quick read that grabs you from the very beginning. Berne doesn't reveal a lot about any other characters besides Hannah and Colin, but their relationship is intense and their time at the lake house full of tension. It's evident that something is off about the lake house the moment Hannah discovers it: Colin won't talk about it, his dysfunctional parents are checked out, and no one is very forthcoming about it. Hannah is undeterred and goes to great lengths to distract her mother to get away before heading out with Colin, who gets more and more anxious the closer they get. Berne does a wonderful job at building up the suspense and intrigue when the couple arrives at the house, only to find it falling into disrepair, but its everyday contents strewn about and abandoned. Hannah does seem to put up with the creepiness and Colin's bad behavior for longer than she ought to—love is blind in this case. The novel builds up to a taut cat-and-mouse chase with a shocking revelation that, rather than tests Hannah and Colin's relationship, reaffirms it. Berne leaves the reader with some loose ends that will be haunting, and ensures that Still Waters isn't easily forgettable.
Cover Comments: I love this cover--the blues are gorgeous. I like how it makes you wonder: Is the girl just floating, or is she dead? it's the perfect balance of pretty and creepy.
This one will be released on December 20th, 2011!
ARC provided by publisher.