Monday, April 22, 2013

Blood Echo by Melissa Simonson

Reviewed by Charlotte Lynn

Taken from Goodreads:

Iris Avery and her best friend, Estella, spend their time drowning in the empty excesses indulged in by their crowd of Upper East Side snobs until Estella’s sudden, shocking death.

Iris searches for answers in everything from philanthropy to hypnotherapy, feeling her existence is nothing more than a dark half-life full of guilt and repentance, but finds only endless questions. And several of them revolve around her when she discovers she’s connected to a high-profile murder.

When Estella’s voice whispering cryptic commentary in her head, Iris can’t help but wonder if the hypnotherapy has been helping or hurting. Is her friend trying to warn her about something?

Bizarre packages pile up on her doorstep, and their meaning is obvious: Iris’s secrets aren’t so secret after all.


I was very unsure of this novel, but by the end of the first chapter I could not put it down.  This novel is a paranormal mystery and until the very end I had no idea who dunit.  Which I loved.  It kept me reading because I had to know.

Iris intrigued me.  The fact that she stood by Estella at her darkest hours made her a true friend, but yet I knew she was getting taken advantage of.  After Estella’s death, when Iris was hearing Estella’s voice in her head, it was apparent how possessive Estella really was of Iris.  I like that Iris was “turned” but that the only part of her abilities brought up again and again was her healing powers.   That made this almost a non-paranormal story to me, I even forgot a few times of her special skills.

At the end of the novel I was sad it was almost over, but thrilled to know the answer to who dunit.  I have a feeling that this will be a book that visits me in my dreams.  If your looking for a thriller story with lots of suspense pick up this novel.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a very good story. I love stories with a mystery that I can't figure out :)