The Vigilantes behind him are nothing compared to the enemy within.
Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had left off.
Now he’s on the run from men who’ve tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force skulks within him, threatening and destructive. What – and who – it will destroy next is the only real question.
From the bold voice that brought readers down with ‘Purgatory Road’ comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice.
There is something rather delicious about a good thriller. The kind of thriller that sweeps you up in the story, pushing you on to the next chapter, making you turn page after thrilling page. With Coldwater Samuel Parker has created such a story. From the first page this was absolutely gripping. I was completely enthralled.
THE DAY WAS BORN IN DARKNESS
Michael opened his eyes and saw nothing.
The motes in his eyes drifted across the void.
His mouth was sealed with what felt like tape. Michael tried to lift himself and felt the hard knock of wood against his forehead. A light sprinkle of sand fell on his face, but he was blind to its source, he could only feel it as it dusted his lashes, scratching at his pupils. He raised his head slowly again until he felt the board press against his skin. He lay back down. His shoulders ached, his back. He tried to move his hands up to his eyes to rub the grit out of them but found they were bound together. He stated breathing faster, nostrils flaring in the dark.
He was as a newborn cast out into the vacuum of space. He could feel his heart beat faster as his mind raced to keep up with this discovery of himself. Michael could feel his nerves begin to fire in all his limbs as electric panic coursed through his body. He lifted his head again and hit the boards, a few inches above him.
And so it begins…
There is a sinister force running throughout this novel and there were many times that I questioned who was actually the monster. The level of hate towards Michael, a man who had served his time in prison, a prison in which he had been sent to as child and emerged a man. Yet we would be led to believe that he is evil, damaged and a danger to all those he comes in contact with. Even Michael himself who longs only to be accepted, to be left alone, knows that he will never be able to live a normal life. And yet he wants to live. He still has hope. So he runs from his pursuers, the vigilantes who have taken it upon themselves to rid their small town of this man who they believe does not deserve a second chance. Yet their very actions bring them closer to becoming the monster they are trying to destroy.
Michael is an incredibly complex character. He has so much going against him and although his crime was heinous, I did begin to feel a certain amount of empathy towards him. This novel is a wonderful metaphor for the effects of crime on those who commit it, their victims and anyone who has to deal with the aftermath. Once Michael committed the fateful act, the evil awoke within him and infiltrated everyone and everything he came into contact with.
It gave me much to think about but in essence this is a wonderful novel that was thrilling to read. I’m so delighted to have discovered Samuel Parker and I look forward to reading more from this exciting author.
Thank you so much to Rhoda Hardie for the review copy – you said I would love it and I absolutely did!
You can purchase a copy of Coldwater from Amazon. or any good bookshop. The ISBN number for the paperback edition is: 978-0800727345 but it is also available in Hardback and on eBook.
Coldwater was published by Revell part of the Baker Publishing Group.
If you’d like to read more about Samuel Parker then please do visit his website here.