Review: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer ★★★★

19171004Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: n/a
Publication Date: November 16th 2013
ISBN: 9781619218079
Page Count: 388
Rating: ★★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON
Synopsis: 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.


REVIEW


I know what she did last summer.

I enjoyed Lingering Echoes. I would definitely recommend it as one of the better New Adult reads, and Lord knows there are some doozies out there already, even in such a new genre. I didn't find it quite the blub-fest I was expecting, though, it has to be said—certainly not in the same way as Sea of Tranquility, which it's been compared to, but it was close.

Allie is spending the summer in her father's cabin retreat with his new wife and her new "brother". Though she tries to put on a brave face, the situation is less than ideal. Firstly, brother dear is a complete butt nugget, and second, it's the very last place she wants to be as it holds some painful and shameful memories from the summer before.

After some fairly obvious foreshadowing, we meet love interest Damien. In true New Adult fashion he displays some unnervingly stalker-like tendencies, before ultimately revealing his true nature. Which was, I'm glad to report, that of a very nice young man. Crap, I sound old! He has some dark secrets of his own, of course, which take a while to come to the surface. Allie and Damien's relationship develops well; they're both very sweet people. And the plot builds up to a dramatic and thrilling conclusion.

All together, an enjoyable read and a welcome addition to any New Adult lover's shelf.

4 Stars ★★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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