Title: Cold Water
Author: Samuel Parker
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Samuel Parker’s second novel, Cold Water, is a heart-pounding, engaging mystery that captures the mind of the reader from beginning to end. To me, it is a very unique story as the characters have no last names and very slowly and methodically the author reveals the interesting history behind the town’s inhabitants. As I read, I was drawn into the mystery behind Michael’s uniqueness in that it seems wherever he goes death is the result be it nature or sicknesses in others.
Michael grew up in the town of Cold Water and returned after spending time in prison. Readers will get an intriguing look in to what happens to Michael while incarcerated and how the warden deals with him to protect Michael and the other inmates. When Michael entered prison, he was a boy. When he returns to Cold Water, he is a man who just wants to be left alone. But the town’s head honcho won’t let him be, which sets Michael on the run for his life.
I really was captured by how the author flashes back to Michael’s prison experiences and then back to the current day, as well as how he flashes back into Michael’s past when he is introducing a character and if that character is somehow related to him. The story appears to me to show what is in a man’s heart will show itself in the actions taken. Even deeper still, we get a picture of the spiritual world and the spirit that inhabits the characters, which can influence thoughts, feelings and actions.
Unlike other writers who write to show us the reality of the spiritual realm, Samuel Parker does a marvelous job of showing the reality of evil and demons without scaring this reader. I am not a fan of horror and Samuel’s book isn’t like horror at all, even though in my view it shows the truth of how people can be possessed or controlled by demons if they aren’t inhabited by the Holy Spirit of God. Enjoy the tension, mystery, spirits and characters of this new tale and then perhaps consider discussing with others what their views are of the book and its themes.
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