Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer


Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Published: November 16, 2013

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads:

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.

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As the mother of a teenage daughter, I am always on the lookout for books that are age-appropriate and clean and contain an intriguing storyline that will keep her engrossed.  The gorgeous cover and synopsis of Lingering Echoes sounded like something we could both enjoy, and I was very interested in checking out a title by Clean Teen Publishing. 

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.


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