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!