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Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

*4/5*

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.

I’m not entirely sure where I want to start with this review. I didn’t love this book, however it was really good and I really enjoyed it.

Despite being about a “broken” but good girl and a boy with a “dangerous past”, it didn’t feel like every other angsty young adult book. It was slightly heartbreaking, I must say! I found Allie likable and a reasonably realistic portrayal of what I imagine someone would be like in her situation. I liked how Allie worked on building relationships with other people not just Damien. You got to see her rebuilding the relationship with her father and with her stepbrother Nick.

There were quite a few things that were frustratingly obvious from the beginning, and I just wanted Allie to find them out and get it over with. However, that didn’t stop there from being a mystery to the story. Did Damien do what he’s believed to have done? Why did it all happen?

There are a few things I would’ve liked from this book that I didn’t get. I think that the relationship was slightly underdeveloped which was a bit disappointing. And towards the beginning there was fortune-telling which I definitely didn’t find necessary to the plot and made me a bit uncomfortable.

Other than that, I don’t really know what else to say. I did think it was good and I would definitely recommend it to people. So if you’re looking for a book where the characters have dealt with tragedy and want to see them recover from it with a hint of mystery, read this!

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