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Chill Waters [Kindle Edition]

Joan Hall Hovey
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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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MIDWEST REVIEW by Cynthia Penn
Chill Waters
Joan Hall Hovey

Evil stalks the unsuspecting --Recommended.
Memories of idyllic summers spent with her grandmother motivate Rachael to buy the house in Jenny's Cove. Tired of the arguments and silences, she had tried to breath fire back into the dying embers of her marriage, only to discover her husband warming someone else's bed. Now at age forty-five and in the process of a divorce, Rachael longs for the simplicity of her childhood. Iris Brandt recognizes the arrival of evil, chilled by the malevolent energy that follows Rachael. The practical, no nonsense proprietress of local gas station feels compelled to warn her. Indeed, Iris would be correct, because from the moment of Rachael's arrival, a man watches. He has already killed, and mercilessly will do so again. And his stalking of Rachael has only just begun. Author Joan Hovey creates a taut thriller in CHILL WATERS. Woven with an uncanny magic, CHILL WATERS is rich in sensory imagery and dense with the darkness that lies in the heart of a madman. Hovey creates a rich cast of characters, each uniquely realized and memorable. At age forty-five, heroine Rachael provides a refreshingly mature viewpoint who still manages to grow and change with the flow of the novel. She has raised her children and fled a failed marriage to take control of her life only to confront a madman. With believable vulnerabilities


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From the Author

CHILL WATERS
WHAT IF EVIL VISITED THE ONE PLACE WHERE YOU FEEL THE MOST SAFE?
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

About the Author

As well as penning Award-winning suspense novels including Night Corridor, Chill Waters, Nowhere To Hide and Listen to the Shadows, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Reader, Atlantic Advocate, The Toronto Star, Mystery Scene, True Confessions, Home Life magazine, Seek and various other magazines and newspapers. Her short story, “Dark Reunion” was selected for the Anthology, Investigating Women, published by Simon & Pierre. Joan also tutors with Winghill Writing School and is a Voice Over pro, narrating books and scripts. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada with her husband Mel and dog, Scamp. She is currently working on her latest suspense novel.

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  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 11, 2014)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chill Waters Very Chilling 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.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immerse yourself in chilling suspense January 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but .... 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it June 21, 2012
By G. Cox
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-crafted Read June 14, 2012
By SIL
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving thriller! January 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
Joan Hall Hovey is a talented writer and Chill Waters is a riveting suspense thriller with realistic characters, a fast-moving plot and amazing twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!! September 6, 2012
By Jomae54
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I discovered Joan Hall Hovey from a free kindle book I had downloaded and since that time I have read everything from her I can get my hands on. She is an excellent author, keeps you on the edge of your seat and entertained with her style of story telling. I have been thrilled with every book from Ms. Hovey. A+++++++++
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The reader will find a great plot, settings
I've reviewed at least one of Joan's books before, so I just read this one for pleasure. Of the books I've read, this one really stood out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is well written and has a very good plot. I really enjoyed reading this book, it keep my interest during the whole book.
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars This one keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Nothing better than a book that you just can't put down. This one did it for me. Great job keeping the reader in suspense.
Published 4 months ago by C. Bolduc
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
love every page and practically read this straight through. looking forward to the next page turning novel by Joan hovey
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intense Thriller!
This book was a great page turner, edge of your seat, gripping! This is my third book I have read from this great author. I just downloaded another one & can't wait to read it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Kinsey
4.0 out of 5 stars attention getter
A really good read kept my attention the author is amazing cant wait to read more of joan hall hovey
Published 10 months ago by SANDRA MCCORMICK
4.0 out of 5 stars Read engage and enjoy :)
Loved the setting and the character development, a wonderful mix of romance and mystery. There are a few annoying editing omissions, but the story is great and pulls you along.
Published 11 months ago by Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Loved the story and the excitement, mystery and even the romantic moments. Even though I don`t normally read romance, this book keeps you interested the whole story through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee Owers
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book with a good plot. My only problem with this book was the way he author would go from one scene to the next. Read more
Published 12 months ago by j. ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling!
Chill Waters will give you the chills. It's a must-read. I couldn't put it down. Imagine that feeling of being watched or followed, or the hair-standing moment when you realize... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maureen Brown
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More About the Author

In addition to her critically aclaimed novels, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

She is 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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Note: Video - Book trailer for Night Corridor
Audio - Hear an excerpt of Chill Waters which I narrated, complete with music and sound effects.

photos:

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