Lingering Echoes, Erica Kiefer
Summary from Amazon.com
“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 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. Too late, Allie discovers he is hiding a dark past that is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves.”
As if being a teenager is not hard enough, let’s add to it a thick layer of grief mixed with guilt and dealing with a new step-parent who brings with her a new step-brother. A guy who just seems to be out to get you because he is just as unhappy about his Mother marrying your father as you are, all set within the confines of a back woods cabin for a summer of so-called fun. Mixed within these layers of life outside of herself, Allie Collins is feeling an overwhelming sense of guilt from her 9-year old cousins’ death one year prior, she feels responsible for her death because she was supposed to be the one to watch out for her, make sure she was safe. Allie survived the plunge into the river on that fateful day and yet her cousin did not, there’s a term for that feeling – Survivor’s’ Guilt – happens when one victim of a tragic incident survives while the others do not. Allie lives – Maddie does not. Allie is not willing to discuss the events of that day and it is not helping her to recover and let go of the guilt.
Damien Micheals’ story is known all over town, all of the locals know what happened when his family died in the fire, and they all blame Damien – he too blames himself – he feels responsible for their deaths as well – a connection he makes to Allie – and a piece of the puzzle that bonds the two of them together. However, there is another secret there that brings them that much closer, something he was not willing to share until now!
Honestly, I understand this novel to be a teen romance, what I did not understand was the author hopping around from area-to-area-to-area. It just seemed to me that she would start a train a thought, set-up a scenario and then switch it off to go elsewhere without any true to form transitions. It was not until I was over two-thirds of the way through the book that I finally got into it and at that point it was just to know more about Damien’s story because she told us all of Allie’s prior to this point. I was curious to know what Damien’s back story was and why it was the town folk believe he murdered his family for the life insurance policy his father held. The switch up that you get when you read to the end is mind boggling and it just seems to come out of left field…I have a hard time tying the two components together and it makes me wonder how we got to that point.
I am going to give this three out of five stars for a good attempt, with possible cleaning up more and re-writing some of the beginning I think this could be a five out of five.**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
About the Author
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007.
Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far.
Erica’s first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and released in early November 2013.
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