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I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.


Echoes  - Michael Bray

"They drove down the single track road in silence. Even the radio could no longer help, the signal fading to a static hiss in the bowels of the forest. As much as they didn’t want to, they switched it off, and finally there was just the sound of the trees to accompany them. It was against their every instinct to continue on. Every fiber of their beings told them to turn and get as far away as possible, and yet they knew it wasn’t an option."

I really enjoyed the first book of the Whisper Trilogy and I am really happy to have won the second book, Echoes.  The first book was doused in the suspense and mystery of what was in the forest, however, in Echoes we know what is going on and the driving force on the horror spectrum is the question: 'What will happen to Melody and Steve when they return to the Hope House sight?"

Seven years have passed since the horrific events that almost took Steve and Melody's lives.  Now they are struggling to pay bills and to live their lives with their young son.  The town of Oakwell, the sight of the infamous Hope House, is now a paranormal hot spot, gone are the idealistic mom and pop stores, now McDonalds and ghost hunter shops line the streets.  When Melody and Steve are approached to come back to Oakwell to be in a paranormal investigator show to take place in a brand new hotel on the Hope House site, they adamantly refuse.  The evil forces on the land won't let them get away that easily, though and soon they are blackmailed into returning to the one place they never wanted to go. 

Like Whisper's I enjoyed the blending of the fear from the natural and the supernatural in the book.  Even though there is not as much mystery in Echoes, there is plenty of suspense building with new construction on the site and Steve and Melody's return.  I was surprised to see the return of Donovan's character, but he did make everything worthwhile. There was plenty of gore and action in the last part of the book that made me keep reading on through. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 


This can count for my "Thriller" square in Summer Bingo!


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