Stillwater review


Goodreads: 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? 

I started this book at work today.  Always in the market for a good English ghost story, I ran across this one while perusing the B&N site.  I had not rad a book by Maynard Sims before but figured I would give it a try.

I have to say the house, lake and countryside made me envious.  Can’t tell you how often I have wished for a secluded place to spend a week or two writing.  The house sounded lovely – a place I would enjoy staying in.

Quick moving without being scary, the story develops with twists and turns along the way.  I will say the ending was disappointing to me but I’m not sure what would have made it better.  My reaction to the main character were mixed – I found myself liking her but yet also rolling my eyes at how little research into the mystery she did even though she was a renowned writer.

Still, the story was interesting and the action didn’t stop until the last page.  I give the book a B and recommend it to anyone who would like a light, quick read.


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