Author: Samuel Parker
About the book: It’s a standalone novel about Isabelle St. John whose partner gets murdered, and she barely escapes with her life. With the help of her dead partner’s homicide detective, Izzy has to investigate a criminal organization to find out what happened.
First impressions: The beginning’s not bad. It took me a bit of time to get into the story. Parker introduces characters and provides context.
Characters: The protagonist, Michael, is an interesting guy. I didn’t like anyone too much, especially the main villain.
Most of the characters are male. The female ones come later. They have smaller roles in the overall narrative though.
“When generosity is shown to those who never receive it, they will rarely forsake gratitiude.”
Writing: The book got weirder and weirder as it went on. I expected the plot to be more realistic. Some things happen that aren’t realistic or reasonable. This story is unlike other suspense reads. Even the author acknowledges that his novel is different.
At times, the middle seemed to drag a little with Michael on the run and others chasing him down.
Still, the chapters are quite short. I didn’t mind the writing.
Final thoughts: The pace picks up in the end.
I don’t love or hate it. Then again, some lines really made me think about living and dying. It isn’t for everyone, but some people might enjoy the premise more than I did.
Coldwater is a fast-paced read that might make you contemplate larger issues in life.