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"... Joan Hall Hovey has penned as good a thriller as I have ever read...a superb tale of terror and suspense that puts her right up there with the likes of Sandford and Patterson..." Ingrid Taylor for Small Press Review

"...Fans of Mary Higgins Clark will enjoy this author! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time ... Great story..." Detra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews

From the Author

Following the breakup of her marriage, Rachael retreats to the old beachhouse in Jenny's Cove, where she once lived with her grandmother. It is the one place where she had always felt safe and loved. Devasted and lost, Rachael longs for the simplicity of her childhood.
But Jenny's Cove has changed. From the moment of Rachael's arrival, a man watches. He has already killed, and mercilessly will do so again. Soon Rachael becomes a target for a vicious predator whose own dark and twisted past forms a deadly bond between them.
And sets her on a collision course with a crazed killer.
"...Joan Hall Hovey is a female Stephen King... a stunning, multi-layered, modern-day gothic, told with the unforgettable style and grace of a true master of suspense..." Rendezvous Magazine

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  • File Size: 3165 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y2F5U
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I've always been drawn to the dark side of the human psyche, and devoured everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Shirley Jackson growing up. It is no surprise to me I turned out to be a writer of psychological suspense, often with threads of paranormal, mystery and romance.

I like to write about ordinary women who are at a difficult time in their lives, and are suddenly faced with an external evil force. Women who are stronger than they think they are. I didn't think a whole lot about theme until I had written a couple of books, but I realized with the writing of my third novel 'Chill Waters' that my books generally have to do with betrayal and abandonment in some form, and learning to trust again. And more important, learning to trust oneself. Almost any good book will tell you something about the author herself. (Or himself.) You can't avoid it. But first and foremost I want to give readers a roller-coaster ride, one that keeps them on the edge of that proverbial seats and resonates in the imagination long after the last page is read.

In addition to my critically aclaimed and award-winning novels, my articles and short stories have appeared in any many publications including The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene. My short story Dark Reunion was anthologized in investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

I've held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries, including New Brunswick Community College, and the University of New Brunswick. I am also a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

I'm a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

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The gazebo my husband built for me is where I like to go to write in nice weather.

The photo of myself with Stephen King was taken in London, England at a writer's workshop, in 1984. Mr. King is as wonderful a speaker (well, almost) as he is a writer.
That cute little guy holding the sign is my grandson, Liam.
The little girl is me at 9.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love when I discover new thriller/mystery authors. I have just finished Joan Hall Hovey's Chill Waters and it is a superb suspense novel. She grabs you from the opening pages and the suspense does not let up until the chilling conclusion. Move over Mary Higgins Clark. Hall Hovey writes a taut psychological thriller without explosions or car chases, but this is truly well written suspense. I plan to check out her other novels, Nowhere to Hide and Listen to the Shadows. Joan, you have a new fan.

James A. Anderson, Author
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristin J. Johnson VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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Joan Hall Hovey's Nowhere to Hide was billed as scarier than Silence of the Lambs. It's easy to see why. The man of many faces, Charlie Morley, fits all the serial killer profile hallmarks: resentment of his mother, cruelty to animals, first killing as a child, and sexual sadism. He's also a sociopath who had unnatural feelings for his half-sister, who he killed. Tommy Prichard, the bad boy of Jenny's Cove, with an alcoholic father who has no regard for women, might follow the same pattern. The local authorities and the entire town think so, particularly after the murder of Tommy's girlfriend, Heather Myers, who bears a striking resemblance to Charlie Morley's stepsister Marie.

Unfortunately, Rachael Warren, moving back to Jenny's Cove to lick her wounds in her artist grandmother's old house after the breakup of her marriage, also resembles Marie. And Tommy gets the blame for some freakish stalker happenings at her cabin. But Heather, along with psychic artist Iris Brandt and Iris' handsome widowed nephew Peter, Tommy's teacher, believe the boy is innocent. Is Martin Dunn, Rachael's new tenant on her grandmother's property, just a harmless writer? And what happened to the mysterious doctor who attended Heather Myers just before she was murdered in the hospital? What sinister role does Tommy's abusive drunken father Nate play in the gruesome goings-on? Are Iris's psychic visions accurate? Will Tommy be exonerated? Why do the good residents of Jenny's Cove seem like such psycho magnets? Will Rachael and Peter find true romance? And will you be able to sleep with the lights off after reading CHILL WATERS, a taut thriller that combines well-drawn vivid characters with an engaging plot?

Rachael is a magnetically likeable heroine, and Peter Gardner fills his muscular frame well as her sleuthing counterpart concerned about his student. Rachael's transformation from walking wounded to feisty survivor will leave you cheering.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 18, 2010
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First and foremost, I found the story line engaging and enough suspense to hold the readers interest. Others have discussed the premise of the book, so I won't repeat them. I had to give this an average rating because, although I did enjoy the story itself, the numerous spelling errors, missed words in sentences, and poor formatting for the Kindle were very apparent. While I could assign fault of this to the formatting process, what I found to be more annoying was the writer's inability to differentiate between the meaning of the words "then" and "than". This repeated misuse of the words was often enough that it was apparent that it exceeded the concept of editing error. Perhaps this is a mere petty annoyance to many, but I would think that a published author should have a better grasp of the English language than was shown in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Cox on June 21, 2012
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I was really excited to get this book after greatly enjoying The Abduction of Mary Rose, however I was disappointed. I didn't connect with Rachael, the main character, and spent a lot of time fussing at her in my head for her ridiculous choices. It felt like the writing could have been tightened up a lot, many of the events seemed really predictable, and it took me a long time to make myself finish the book. It's a standard thriller and the plot line, final confrontation, and last two chapters are strong, but I just couldn't get into it. The huge number of typos throughout were really annoying, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary B Sieczkowski on August 7, 2012
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This is the 4th book by Joan Hall Hovey that I have read this year and each one has been better than the previous one. In Chill Waters, Rachael buys her Grandmother's former home (someone else has lived there since Grandma) and moves in after filing for divorce from her cheating husband. She is being watched by someone. Someone who has accessed her house and moved things around. Someone who means her harm. Ms Hovey kept me interested. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, there was a twist and I was second guessing myself. Read the whole book in one day - couldn't put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SIL on June 14, 2012
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Although I'm typically not a big horror/suspense reader, I have to admit Joan Hall Hovey has me hooked! Her characters are well-developed and believable, the plot line has plenty of twists and turns, and the horror elements kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. I also loved the romance she's woven into this story. Just the right touch to balance the more chilling scenarios. I can hardly wait to read more of this author's novels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Ann on January 7, 2012
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I just finished reading Chill Waters by Joan Hall Hovey. This is the second Joan Hall Hovey novel I've read and it didn't disappoint. The story was good and kept my attention. I categorize this Suspense/Romance. Mostly, it was suspense (killer on the loose tormenting the main character), but there was enough romance in it (mutual attraction denied until the last 25% of the book) to throw the romance thing in there.

I thought the story was well thought out and I liked the little details given about the characters and situations. The story did not drag at all and the ending was a nice wrap-up. (I have a thing about endings being too rushed or leaving major items hanging.) I was anxious to resume reading the book when I had to put it down and I read the book in 3 sittings. That's a good sign for me as I will put a book down that doesn't keep my interest and not pick it back up for weeks or months.

It does have a few typos and some kind of box with a ? in it where there should be commas (editing by someone else in my version?), but I generally read through those. I recommend this book. In fact, I'll be recommending it to my Mom, who is LOVING her Kindle Keyboard that I gave her for Christmas!
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