Cold Waters

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Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Pages: 332
ISBN13: 978-1542042505



An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

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.

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"A southern gothic mystery dripping with atmosphere. Cold Waters will leave you breathless."
-Amanda Stevens, Author of the Graveyard Queen series

"Debbie Herbert's haunting language, gothic tone, and vivid portrayal of small-town southern life add layers to this intriguing mystery/suspense. I was hooked from the first word!"
-USA Today Bestselling author Rita Herron, GOOD LITTLE GIRLS, Montlake Romance

"Small towns hide the darkest secrets and Normal, Alabama is anything but in this southern gothic thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the very last. A twisted, southern gothic family drama that will stay with you long after you've closed the book. A stunning, deftly-written journey through the dark corridors of the human heart."
-Sara Lunsford author of Tooth and Nail

"Cold Waters is an unforgettable suspense story steeped in decaying old houses, dark family secrets and rumors in a small Southern town."
-Leslie Tentler, author of Fallen and the Chasing Evil trilogy

"Debbie Herbert delivers a fast-paced mystery, where nothing is quite what it seems. Family secrets and a cold-case murder are at the heart of her compelling novel, where the author masterfully paints the canvas of a sedate Southern town with intriguing characters and a crafty plot. Readers won't soon forget the chilling thrill of Cold Waters."
-Laura Spinella, bestselling author of the Ghost Gifts trilogy

"Compelling story, filled with evocative description, deeply-drawn characters and heart-pounding drama."
-NYT Bestselling author Elle James


Chapter 1


The tingling in my ear was the first omen.

Everyone knew an itchy ear meant people were talking about you, so I glanced out of the corner of my eye at the few people leaving the bus station. I didn’t want to be spotted. But they paid me no mind, casting anxious looks at the slate sky before scurrying away, eager to escape the impending summer storm. Thunder crackled from far.

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