She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He’s dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn’t been able to with anyone?
As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
My ****4 Star**** Review
Lingering Echoes sucked me in from the beginning with its mystery. That’s funny because I wouldn’t normally say I love to read mysteries, but this book left me wanting to proudly proclaim my love for the genre! It has an almost paranormal feel, too.
To add to the mystery of the plot, you have the very mysterious Damien. His mysteriousness is one of the very things that makes his character so great, but you don’t know until the end whether he’s the good guy or the bad. As a matter of fact, I absolutely DREADED getting to the end. I just knew he was going to be the bad guy, but I sooo wanted him to be the good guy.
Then there’s Aaron. Aaron is completely crushing on Allie alongside Damien. The deal here is that you know Aaron’s a good guy. You know he’d be perfect and a healthy choice for Allie. It’s kind of like in the Infernal Devices series when you know you want to see both Will & Jem happy, but it’s really Will, the darker character, that should be with Tessa.
Then there’s Allie. She’s dealing with some major stuff all on her own. Between feeling guilty over the loss of a loved one and dealing with the new step-brother, Nick, she has her hands full. I have to say though, that she has an absolutely amazing bff to help see her through. I thought Brooke was nothing but ditzy in the beginning, but she really comes through for Allie.
Now back to the mysterious plot. It all comes to one massive climax at the end. I was absolutely terrified!! I felt complete and utter heartbreak! But, don’t think that I’m giving the ending away, because I’m definitely not!! That’s just the climax!!
As far as the ending goes, there’s no cliffhanger for all you cliffhanger haters. However, the story doesn’t feel complete. It leaves you wanting to know what’s next. I sure hope we get more!!
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Clean Teen Publishing/AuthorBuzz in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Erica Kiefer
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007.
Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far.
Lingering Echoes was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and released November 2013.