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Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635897 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635895 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99
Audio Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635897 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $19.95
Cold Hollow

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

The Barner family relocates to Cold Hollow, a quaint town nestled in a Vermont mountain range. They find it to be quite charming and the inhabitants endearing, except for a few residents. Odd laws are enforced, confrontations begin, and insanity reigns as a madman sits upon his imaginary throne, trying to keep the threads of his dream from unraveling. Will Sophia and Angus Barner be able to protect their children from the malevolence that lurks within the small township? This is the story of Cold Hollow, a place you’ll never want to visit.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

This absorbing, fast-paced story grabs readers from the very first pages, zeroing in on characters embroiled in engrossing situations including a battered wife determined to end the cycle of abuse, an overtired trucker pushing his limits to earn a much-needed bonus, and an unemployed ranger who is about to be taught a painful lesson. Most of the story centers on the Barner family and their arrival in Cold Hollow, an idyllic town in Vermont that quickly shows it has a dangerous, sinister side. The novel is well written, moves along at a good pace, and holds the reader’s interest throughout. However, there are a few inconsistencies with characterization, and the author clearly wants to end the book on a happy note -- but in doing so wraps up the story too quickly and a bit too happily. But while the ending may be too neat, by the time the imperfections in the storytelling materialize, the reader is too invested in the characters to do anything but overlook these flaws to learn how it all ends.

Date Submitted: June 08, 2016

Reviews
Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

Cold Hollow has a very strong cover, with a very evocative image that clearly conveys tone and genre. The interior is well–designed and laid out, and is easy to read on a variety of different devices. The first chapter, the prologue, really packs a punch, as several different residents of the town either plot to commit murder, actually commit murder, or die. A family with young children, the Barner family, moves to the isolated Vermont town of Cold Hollow, only to learn that there are horrifying and dangerous forces at work in the town. The writing has a smooth and commercial feel to it, and the sense of menace at work in the town is palpable. Sophia and Angus are strong characters, very well-drawn, and their desire to keep their family safe is compelling. There were several big twists in the novel, which were somewhat surprising, which was refreshing from a horror novel, which can be quite predictable. ~ Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635897 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635895 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99
Audio Details
  • 05/2015
  • 1508635897 B00X2KNJZS
  • 186 pages
  • $19.95

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