Lingering Echoes tells the story of Allie Collins who, while once thought of Hidden Pines as the perfect summer getaway, now harbors painful memories of the spot due to a tragic accident that took place there last year. If it were up to Allie, she never would have returned; but unfortunately, her father and his “new family” have other ideas. Forced back into the scene of her nightmare, Allie must spend her last summer before she goes to college arguing with her new step-brother, pushing down the unwanted memories of the previous summer, and doing everything in her power to avoid the water. But when she runs into a mysterious young man who unnerves her and intrigues her at the same time, she realizes her previous concerns over Hidden Pines pale in comparison to the mystery surrounding Damien. Combine that with the story the locals tell of a family who died in a horrific and suspicious fire, and Allie’s summer goes from dismal to dangerous – and she has no idea who to trust.
I enjoyed Ms. Kiefer's writing; and though this book appears on many New Adult lists, I feel it is most definitely YA and perfect for younger teens. There is light romance and, most importantly, a mystery to solve and secrets to uncover. There is gang activity in the storyline, but it is handled carefully. I applaud the author and the publisher for avoiding inappropriate language and sexual situations because a good story needs neither. Definitely looking forward to buying this one for my daughter’s shelf – it will be perfect for her.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.