Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, New Adult
Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Published On: November 16th 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Netgalley- Received in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
"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."
I started out excited to read this book, but after I started reading it, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t really connect with the characters. The dialogue was off… it just didn’t seem natural. Some of the writing seemed forced and I had trouble believing in the characters. They were a little unrealistic, in my opinion.
However, around chapter five, things started to pick up. I grew attached to the main character Allie and her small group of friends. I started to really understand what was happening and how the mystery was starting to be introduced, and I was excited, again, to see how it played out.
Allie struggles with what happened to her the last time she vacationed with her family in Hidden Pines, and as her father and friends push her to overcome this fear, she tries to overcome her problems. It’s not until she meets Damien, though, that she actually starts to improve.
Damien has his own struggles, and they’re not as obvious and easy to understand. His past haunts him and as his secrets start to unfold, his and Allie’s relationship is strained.
“Change was a scary concept. Whether you were ready for it or not, sometimes it crept up on you, ambushing without warning, and no matter if you wanted it or not, you had to figure out how to accept it and adapt to its insistent nature.”
I really wasn’t expecting Damien’s past to be so… dangerous. I knew something bad had happened, but I never suspected what actually happened. Most of the story is slow-going as things unfold and Allie and Damien get to know each other, but in the last 20% things escalate very quickly and the end is very action packed.
The only thing I didn’t really like was the beginning and the slight love-triangle that emerged, but I quickly got over these minor flaws and grew to love this book.
Overall, this book ruined me. My emotions were all over the place. While it wasn’t exactly a tear-jerker, it held a lot of emotional baggage that will leave your heart feeling heavy. Plus, the romance is soooo swoon-worthy and adorable. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a mysterious read that will make them feel all kinds of emotions. Lingering Echoes was a thoroughly enjoyable read!