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Cold Hollow

By: Emilie J. Howard
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
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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 a place you'll never want to visit.

©2015 Emilie J. Howard (P)2015 Emilie J. Howard

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Creepy and engaging at the same time

What did you like most about Cold Hollow?

The plot of this is creepy but very good. The setting is perfect but what makes it really stand out are the characters and the feeling you get that things are not at all what they seem. You know that something is coming but what will it be??

The characters were all very well written and developed.

Would you be willing to try another book from Emilie J. Howard? Why or why not?

Absolutely. The author did a very good job with this book. It really is very good. In fact stop reading this review and jump into the book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending was amazing. Saying that I was engaged and entertained throughout as it has great pace. Myrna steps up at the end, getting payback for all the years of abuse from Mizar. Even as she started planning and aligning her allies I wasn’t sure if she would be successful. The tension that has built in the last few chapters is brilliant! I was also satisfied with how things turned out. Does everyone get out alive? No spoilers read it! I will say however that wrongs have been righted as the book concludes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the homely potentially sweet little town feel that we get as the Barners arrive in Cold Hollow. At this point the focus of the book shifts to them. Sophia revels in opening her new bakery. She puts the kids (Liam and Leila) to work part time there and even then needs to hire another hand to keep things going. Myrna becomes an important part of the story as she forms a friendship with Sophia and tries to smooth the way for the Barners in the town. And all of this helps to lead to the tension that comes as things change as they settle into an odd town with odd rules.

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This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

On one hand, I liked this book. The characterization was good, and the relationships between the characters were nice, if made slightly fast. I'm pretty sure Myrna decided she liked Sophia seconds after meeting her.

On the other hand, I found the pacing really strange. It's pretty slow going but at the same time I wanted to know what the secret behind the town was. You discover the plot twist roughly halfway through and I found it somewhat disappointing for the level of intrigue that had been built up.

Overall, it was a decent book that was somewhat disappointing.

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  • Daniel Abrams
  • 31-01-18

Strong Story - Love the twists! no zombies

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

I was slower to appreciate this book, but that was due to my own expectations. I looked at the cover and said "Zombie book!"

It's not. Not even close! I love zombie books, and I was disappointed when this one wasn't one! There is definitely horror here, though! There are some great, creepy elements that had me itching while listening. You know how people love to listen to music and think about where the sound may have been inspired from? I found myself thinking along those lines in this book. I won't say my thoughts, though, so as to avoid any spoilers! I appreciated certain similarities to other books I've read, and appreciated more how this book stood on its own on that foundation. I felt the whole gamut of emotion during this story and some visuals I got while reading will probably stay with me a LOOOOONG time. There are some truly haunting aspects, and it's so well written that I cannot get these people out of my head.

With praise like this, why no 5th star? More than anything, I think there were a couple details that were just too convenient and I found myself taken out of my reading hypnosis by those jarring moments.

That said, the gifted voice of J. Scott Bennett does it again for me. I've listened to so many of his books, now, and I love the way he voices all the characters with unique quirks. I recommend this book, unless you're only looking for zombies. No zombies.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 24-08-16

A gripping tale with great surprises

This is a gripping, creepy and unique audiobook. Cold Hollow on the surface appears to be just a normal rural town; promising the Barner family the safety and comfort that small town life usually brings, but all is not what it seems. Not only is that safety a façade, but the whole town seems to be riddle with secrets. This story has lots of twists and turns that you will not be able to guess at. Your heart will bleed for some of the characters and others you will want to shoot. The author and narrator draw you into the story and hold you tight in its grip to the very last page. The narrators voice fits the characters well, portraying the increasing tension and generally enhanced the story. This is a thrilling, fast paced story that you won’t be able to stop listening to, it is brutal, compelling and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I received the audiobook in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 07-01-16

Creepily good!

This was such a creepy and engaging read! I started listening to it and had a tough time taking out the ear phones cause I needed to see what would happen next.

When The Barner family relocates to Cold Hollow, they think it's an idealistic little place to live but their attitudes soon change when they realise that not all is as it seems. While there may be a few odd people living there, it's the mayor of the town that really gives the town a weird feeling. What is going on in this town?

The plot of this is so creepy. I always find a book set in a tight knit small town creepy anyway but add in even shadier characters and you have the recipe for a great book. The author does this one justice. The settings is perfect but what makes it even better are the characters and the feeling you get that things are not at all what they seem. You just know that something is coming!!

The characters were all well written and developed. The Barner family are like any other family trying to settle into a small community. My heart went out to them when they were realising that something was happening.

The author isn't afraid to take a risk, and what a risk it was!! I didn't see that coming and my heart was in my mouth!!

In all, a nail bitter and edge of your seat read. I loved everything about it and will definitely be checking out more of this authors work.

J. Scott Bennett did a great job with the narration. I had no problem following who was talking at any given time. He was also well able to ramp up the tension when needed. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance and will be checking out other works read by him.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

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  • James Fronck
  • 06-01-16

My oh my, what a pleasant surprise.

If you could sum up Cold Hollow in three words, what would they be?

horror, riveting, twists

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot may seem to be going down a standard path but quickly deviates. I am a avid reader and it is becoming harder to surprise me and keep me interested. I don't like to retell the story in my reviews, but I will state I am a very picky reader and I did not put this down until I was finished!

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

Myrna Bradbury, she is just the kind of friend I would love to have!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As I stated above, I did just that, listened to it all in one day.

Any additional comments?

While I did get this book in exchange for a honest review I do review honestly. I spend a lot of money here at Audible and would never recommend someone spend their hard earned money on something I did not enjoy. Having said that, everyone has different tastes, but I absolutely enjoyed this book and if there was any fault in it, I would have to say that I wish it lasted longer.

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  • zoe
  • 15-12-15

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What did you like best about this story?

This audiobook is very entertaining and kept me interested Shocking at some parts. Had me in tears once too. Very enjoyable.

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  • Jason
  • 14-04-18

Great beginning to a fun ride!!!

Cold Hollow was excellent. The story was well developed, emotionally provocative and thoroughly enjoyable. The small town of Cold Hollow was populated with genuine people who feel real. They all are very quirky and in the case of this story, everyone has something they are trying to hide just boiling under the surface and wanting out. Reminded me very much of the way Stephen King writes his small town characters. There was intrigue, murder and mystery. What more could you ask for. Amazing.

J. Scott Bennett did a fantastic job with his subtle narration and superb character voices, he is definitely someone that I look forward to hearing when I am looking for new books.

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Wanda
  • 11-04-16

Unknown town of paroles

Wow is the best one word description of this story. I was sorry when little Liam became an orphan. But Myrna and dr tom made good adopted parents. The sisters were just psycho trouble makers. Hurray for Myrna the hero of the story she got revenge on the police and the mayor stealing everyone of their hard earned money. Great story I highly recommend this book.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 22-12-15

An excellent thriller with unexpected twists

Angus Barner is relocating his family to a quaint town, Cold Hollow, in Vermont because he’s been offered a good job there. His wife Sophia has sold her bakery and plans to open a new one. The kids are excited over the adventure. Everything seems peachy until the odd rules of Cold Hollow are enforced. The town is full of odd people who have odd habits. Not all of them are benevolent folk.

The story opens by jumping from one character to the next pretty quickly. Don’t let this throw you off as we will get to know these characters more later in the story. Myrna has an abusive husband, Bob, and she’s just about fed up with him. Meanwhile, a truck driver (Ray) fell asleep at the wheel, causing an accident. Forest Ranger Bullock is meeting out some serious assault on Hugo. All this is going on as the Barners pack up the last of their belongings in Connecticut and head out to Vermont.

Once the Barners arrive in Cold Hollow, the focus shifts to them for the majority of the story. Sophia revels in opening her new bakery. She puts the kids (Liam and Leila) to work part time there and even then needs to hire another hand to keep things going. Myrna becomes an important part of the story as she forms a friendship with Sophia and tries to smooth the way for the Barners in the town.

Mizar is a very shady character. Technically, he is the mayor of the town but pretty much he is a bully with authority backing him up. He checks up on each and every town resident regularly and this is usually to elicit some kind of protection money. He uses Bullock as his muscle, when needed. As he tries to elicit one shady tax after another from the Barners, Sophia starts pushing back. I enjoyed trying to figure out Mizar. At first, I thought he might once have been a kind of good guy that had to instate a kind of martial law and then his ego got too big for his britches and things had just been getting worse since then. That didn’t turn out to be the case, but I definitely enjoyed trying to figure him out.

The Barners are generally good-natured and this gets them into an untenable position. However, they have treated several of the townsfolk with kindness, that few are indifferent to them being bullied. Myrna especially has grown quite found of them all. She knows how the town works and she does her best to smooth things over and/or beat the cranky into submission behind the scenes. Indeed, Myrna’s story arc (from abused house wife to independent bakery assistant) was most interesting. She’s not a goody twoshoes nor does she believe in the absolute right or wrong of an action. She’s really a kind of grey character, committing some actions a person might not agree with but doing so for very good reasons. She quickly became my favorite character.

Meanwhile, we were privy to that serious beat down Hugo took from Ranger Bullock at the beginning of the book. Hugo pops up again later, though he isn’t moving too well. When I started the book, I didn’t know if Hugo deserved the beating or not. It was hard for me to tell who was the bad guy in that situation, even as I disliked Bullock’s obvious enjoyment in his work. Later, it does become clear who is the bad guy between these two and that all ties back to Mizar.

With all these interesting characters running around, the plot thickens. There’s no way to call out of the valley, even with cell phones. Whenever the Barners want to leave on a shopping trip, they have to check in with the local law enforcement. The rules are indeed strange. Then Angus makes a chilling discovery, which is followed by yet another worrisome discovery. The Barners don’t like what they see now that the curtain has been pulled back.

The ending was not what I expected. I really felt for the Barners in that last bit of the book. Myrna steps up and shines as a beacon of righteous payback for all the years of abuse from Mizar. Even as she started making her plans, pulling in allies, and calling in favors, I still wasn’t sure if she would be successful. Indeed, I had my little doubts that all would not end well. The tension in this last 5th or 6th of the book was intense! When all was said and done, I was satisfied with how things turned out. Not everyone gets out alive but many wrongs have been righted. It was a very satisfying book.

I received a copy of this book at no cost from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

Narration: J. Scott Bennett had to do some New England accents for this story. Most of the time he was great, though sometimes characters would slip out the New England accent (like Sophia). I didn’t really mind this much as each character still had a unique voice. The female voices were believable for the most part – one little old lady sounded like an asthmatic man (but, hey, that might be me in 40 years). I liked his gruff voice for Hugo and his kid voices.

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  • Jess H.
  • 03-02-20

great story

This was a well written story, great characters, a twist in the plot I didn't see coming, and great narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-17

Gripping tale with great surprises

Would you listen to Cold Hollow again? Why?

Yes, I would listen again and would love to explore the entire series

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot of this story is so creepy. I always find a book set in a tight knit small town creepy anyway but add in even shadier characters and you have the recipe for a great book

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

Myrna Bradbury, she is just the kind of friend I would love to have. J. Scott Bennett did a great job with the narration. I had no problem following who was talking at any given time

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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