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Monday, March 9, 2015

Stillwater by Maynard Sims [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

A modern ghost story. Life was good for Beth, once. Now a car crash has left her confined to a wheelchair. To help her recuperate and rebuild her life, she's leased Stillwater, a house with a lake in the countryside. But her dreams of peace and quiet are thwarted when she realizes she's not alone. A girl who once lived at Stillwater-until she drowned in the lake-has never left, and she does not seem pleased by Beth's presence. Beth sets out to solve the mystery of Stillwater. But can she find a strength she doesn't know she possesses as she fights the fury of the dead girl, and tries to establish herself as the true mistress and keeper of the Stillwater house and lake?

With Stillwater you get an eerie ghost story. The characters are believable and the atmosphere is creepy. I was hooked right away and couldn't wait to see where the story would go. I expected an exciting conclusion. Unfortunately I didn't get it. The ending was anti-climatic for me. I still enjoyed this novel but the final confrontation between Beth and the ghost that haunts her house just fell flat to me. I would still pick up another Maynard Sims book but this one only gets 3.5 stars.