House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

house of echosBlurb from goodreads, please scroll down for my review.

Akin to Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People and Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box, House of Echoes is a debut thriller populated by achingly sympathetic characters, charged with psychological suspense, and rich with a small town’s strange history.

A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all…until Ben’s second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they’re beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments…and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?

My review

Genre: mystery, fiction

Great writing with such detail, things are revealed at just the right moments with some suspense, although there could be more, could be darker. I found it to be intriguing

There are some great details with the townsfolk, each one a different and fantastic character and with their own secrets. Real people. The house itself is also a part of the story, another character in itself.

It is written in the third person and I found the parts written from Charlie´s point of view darker than the rest. Plenty of background information of the main characters, Charlie, Ben & Caroline. I enjoyed Ben´s character the best, he wants to do the right thing for his family.

Towards the end it does get more exciting. The letters throughout the book are interesting, took me ages to figure out what the tie with the rest of the book was.

It is a very easy book to read, the pages turn effortlessly and I found myself reading into the night.

Not the best cover but the title is good.


About the author

brendan duffyBrendan Duffy is an editor. He lives in New York, where he is at work on his second novel.







About the book

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 14, 2015)
  • Sold by:Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N6PENN6

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