Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Series: Lingering Echoes, book 1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
"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."
Lingering Echoes is the first book in the Lingering Echoes series by Erica Kiefer.
The last place where Allie Collins wanted to spend her summer before college is the lake cabin. If being there wasn’t bad enough, she also has to deal with her father, his new wife and her son, who couldn’t be more of a jerk.
The lake cabin used to bring great memories until previous year, when something terrible happened, something that left Allie marked for life. A tragedy Allie hasn’t been able to deal with, and everyday that passes her guilt and trauma only increases.
Her parents think she needs to face what happened and what better place to face her troubles than the place where the tragedy happened.
Allie has made some friends, still she feels alone. Nobody understands what she’s feeling, until she meets Damien.
Lingering Echoes is a very emotional read. Allie is in pain and we can see and feel it clearly. She’s not only suffering from survivor’s guilt, she is also adapting to his father and his new family. A father who hasn’t been much in her life for the last four years and now wants to be part of it. His new wife is understanding of Allie’s feelings, but her son is not, and he makes Allie’s life even harder than what it already is.
On the beginning of the book we don’t know much about Damien and he comes a bit like a stalker. He is mysterious and we know he’s hiding something. Despite that is easy to like him because it’s clear he wants to help Allie.
Damien’s life has also been touched by tragedy; a tragedy that not only left him changed, but also ostracized him from society.
Allie and Damien’s relationship develops slowly; in him she finds a kindred soul. She feels safe when she is with him and doesn’t need to pretend to be the girl everybody expects her to be.
There are couple of mysteries intertwined in the story; we learned about them slowly throughout the pages. The build up tension this creates is enough to keep you glued to the pages wanting to know more. The plot is slow paced with a very intense end. There are some twists and turns and some unexpected developments that only made of Lingering Echoes an even more enjoyable read.
Lingering Echoes is an emotional read about tragedy, forgiveness, family conflicts and the healing power of love.
I recommend Lingering Echoes to YA, NA fans, or to anyone who wants to read a very emotional book.
I think people who enjoyed The Sea of tranquility by Katja Millay will enjoy Lingering Echoes too.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
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