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Book Review: Lingering Echoes

Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Published: November 16, 2013
Reviewer: Lyanna
Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis:

“You can’t change the past… no matter how much you want to.”


If only Allie Collins could go back to that tragic day one year ago, perhaps she could escape the guilt that haunts her. In reality, there was no altering her cousin’s death or the role she played. Then she meets Damien Michaels, a dark-haired stranger on a dirt bike, who seems to watch Allie and know more about her than he should. Veiling his own secrets, including a mysterious scar and unexplained tattoo, Allie knows she shouldn’t trust him—especially as she digs up a past Damien desperately wants to forget. She also doesn’t believe in summer romances, yet she finds her attraction to him growing beyond his striking grey eyes. 

Unfortunately, Allie discovers too late that he is hiding a dark past which is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves.




Lingering Echoes had so much potential.

I didn't appreciate the way things kept jumping (too quickly) from one scene to another. Imagine watching TV that repeatedly changes the channel, click, click, click, the moment you start getting used to one channel… CLICK! it changes, again. It was such a hassle to read and kept eliciting headaches.  

The narrator was irritating. She's got a knack for being self-centred, naive, and ignorant. She constantly brings to our attention that if she's old enough to go to college next year then she's old enough to do whatever the hell she wants, but she keeps acting like a child! She doesn't do the right thing even when it's so obvious that it's the reasonable choice. She does what she wants and says what she thinks and doesn't care how it affects the people around her. I literally wanted to reach inside the book to shake her shoulders while screaming; "DO YOU USE YOUR BRAIN?"



But even so, I can't really be one to judge because we've all done stupid things in our lives and made stupid choices too. I don't like Allie because she uncannily resembles the love-struck attitude a lot of teenage girls embody when fooled into thinking they're in love , and I - being one - know how dull-witted we can be in the mercy of hormones, so it frustrated me when Allie made similar mistakes.

Carrying on, there weren't that many characters in the book that I liked, except maybe Aaron. Though, kudos to the author for being able to keep up with all of the the supporting characters. They weren't pushed out or introduced then forgotten. She made sure that all of them were equally important to the story and that they each had their part in the outcome, they actually had a purpose and I rarely see that nowadays.

Damien is such a creep! I don't care how "attractive" he is, he won't be winning any hearts hiding in bushes terrifying the wits out of ladies. He legitimately scared Allie into climbing a tree, I mean, come on, that has to say something about him, oh, like I don't know… that he's a stalker!

There is a difference between building up the courage to talk to a girl and just following her around. 



You also don't just pop up like an unwanted pimple at her house, then tell her to come with you to the devil knows where, when she barely even knowns you! And Allie, stupid Allie, follows him anyways! You know what, now that I think about it, they're perfect together! Damien is creepy enough to do stupid things and Allie is stupid enough to do creepy things.

Aaron, on the other hand, is a perfect sweetheart. He's always there for Allie, he makes her laugh, cheers her up, plays basketball with her, goes wake-boarding together, saved her from drowning, makes her breakfast, takes her on romantic walks down the beach and I mean, cooomeee on! Look at him [gestures wildly at Aaron] then look at Damien! [exasperatedly throws hands up].


Well, I guess I can't really judge her taste in men… but if I were Allie, I would've shoved Aaron in a bag and dragged him to the nearest chapel.



Plot-wise, it was alright. I liked the mystery that Damien added to the story but after a while it became redundant and glaringly obvious who he was. The ending was predictable, like I said, Lingering Echoes had the potential to be more. It could've been a story to teach teenage girls not to run off with older guys who don't give you straight answers and are suspected of murder, but nope

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery, angst and bad-boys on bikes (like the bas-ass bike not the bicycle-bike… oh you get what I mean). 

I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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