Echoes by Alice Reeds – a review by Luke

I received a copy from Netgalley


Synopsis

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive.


Review

I thoroughly enjoyed Echoes. Even before I started actually reading it, I knew I would; from the exciting plot to the gorgeous cover, it definitely seemed like my kind of book – and lucky for me, there are so many of those.

Firstly, I enjoy the whole “stranded on an unknown island” premise; so many stories in various mediums have managed to do it so well, from the television show Lost to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot (video game). And I really think that Echoes does a great job with it as well.

Throughout it all, it flitted between them being stranded on the island and being in Berlin. It was filled with suspense and mystery, with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming – nothing is as it seems – and it had plenty of action. Some of the revelations closer to the end were heartbreaking, and obviously, by this point, I have formed an attachment to the characters, so I felt what they were feeling (I won’t give away anything).

Speaking of the characters, I quite liked them. Fiona and Miles really came to life. One of the things I enjoyed was how they would continuously butt heads with each other, and how much they develop, eventually their relationship gradually shifting in the process as they fight for survival.

Its ending left a couple of unresolved threads, and it seems to me that there will be a sequel. For my sake, and probably every other person who read it, there better be; if there is one – and like I said (only a sentence ago), there better be – I am definitely going to pick it up.

Alice Reeds has proven herself to be a fantastic storyteller, and I can’t wait to read more of her books – especially a sequel to Echoes!

 

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