Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA suspense/romance
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: This book takes a look at the emotions that linger after a traumatic event. The main focus of the book is Allie, she is struggling with the guilt she felt after her younger cousin drowned. An accident where Allie was present and feels like she could have/should have done more to prevent it. She is the survivor, but feels like the villain.
Allie is drawn to a young man who rides a dirt bike. He seems to be following her, there is something about him that makes her want to discover more of his past. He has issues of his own that he tries to deal with, but refuses to talk about.
The two of them become the perfect therapy for each other. They bond over mistakes from their past and find hope in a better future. The book takes a few plot twists and turns that lead to a greater understanding of the characters.
One idea that I loved in the book is that people make assumptions from a small portion of the truth. Assumptions can lead to untruths. The book has situations of many assumptions, some are devastating to the characters. It also deals with change and the ability that someone has to heal.
The book has kissing and violence.