Book Review: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Title: Lingering Echoes
Author: Erica Kiefer
Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Published: November 16th, 2013
Page count: 388
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Book Summary: 
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.

*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars

Aw, I knew I was going to need a hug and a tissue after reading this book. Lingering Echoes has left me with a very heavy heart, despite its really nice ending. It's just that the pain inside is so raw and so real that there's no way you can't feel the pang and sadness for Allie and Damien. Most of the time I just wanted to jump right in and kick that river's derriére and knock out the people that hurt my friends. However, this story also shows how there's always going to be a light at the end of the darkest tunnel, but only if you stop running from it and finally face your fears.

Lingering Echoes managed to suck me right into the story from the start. The author gave her characters full control over the story and I was practically seeing everything through their eyes  (mainly from Allie's) and pain. The plot is REALLY good and well planned out as this book likes to build up the tension and give out its secrets piece by piece. Nothing like a good old mystery to solve!

I have to admit that at first I didn't like Damien that much, he was sort-of creepy and quite a stalker when we first meet him, but later on I felt guilty for thinking that bad of him. I can't say I fell head-over-heels for him like Allie does, but he's a good guy and I did come to appreciate him a lot.

Also, somewhere around the beginning of the book Allie mentions that her sisters would join her on the "family vacation" but they never did show up. It stuck out with me and I can't get that out of my mind. I wanted to meet them, but I guess they weren't important enough to show up on the plot. Why mention it though?

Still, I'm really glad to have read Lingering Echoes. The best part? It's a clean read, so I didn't have to deal with steamy scenes that I sometimes get tired of reading (or skipping) in NA books. This way is perfect and it gives me way more liberty to recommend to any reader out there looking for a great emotional read to immerse with.

*This review is based on a galley downloaded for free from Netgalley. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*

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