I got this book from NETGALLEY. I was hopping to love this book but unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. Anyways, thanks to the publisher for the copy.
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.
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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Lingering Echoes is supposed to be this emotional ride where we discover two broken souls and we witness their journey to redemption and happiness. However, the box of tissues I set to my side ready for a river of tears was a waste of space and time. Lingering Echoes fails to provide a heartbreaking story to become a sum of obvious situations.
I really wanted to like this book but there were many things wrong with the characters and the storyline in addition to evident outcomes.
Allie is back to the place where her life changed after a terrible accident. She is broken and hunted by terrible memories when she meets a mysterious boy with secrets of his own. Both carry a lot of suffering above their shoulders and the only way to heal is facing their demons. So far so good.
My first problem was the secrecy behind Damien’s true identity. Let me tell you, the only thing missing was a neon sign over his head. Not only his identity is way too predictable and also his past, but his stalkerish behavior is not sweet at all. There were more predictable things, just to add more into the obvious list I can name: Allie’s savior, Aaron’s feelings and the alley scene.
Another thing that bothered me was the big deal about Damien’s age. He is only two years older so I don’t see what the problem is. And Aaron is one of the people who complain about her going out with an older guy and he and Damien are practically the same age. I can understand that maybe Damien looks older in his dark clothes and dangerous bike but still, it makes no sense.
Despite the weaknesses, I like how the author tried to deal with heavy themes like divorce, gangs and death. I’m sorry the sadness she was looking for was not palpable through the words.
Overall, Lingering Echoes is a readable book in which there is an absence of tridimensional characters (Allie feels quite real but Damien lacks deepness and his justifications are predictable).