House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

Release Date - April 2015

Brendan Duffy
Ballantine Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Their son's being bullied, she loses her job, and he's just inherited land in the small Adirondack town of Swannhaven. For Ben and Caroline Tierney, this seems like the perfect chance to start over. They purchase a rundown estate with plans to restore it and turn it into a charming country inn.

Swannhaven does not turn into the idyllic retreat they imagined. Something is in the woods and definitely does not want them to stay. Rotting carcasses of animal bodies begin popping up around their home. And, the townspeople are also not as welcoming as they would have expected.

House of Echoes is creepy and mesmerizing all at once. The older son, the one who was bullied, as Charlie ventures deeper into the woods, readers begin to get drawn into the horrific aspects of this story. It's definitely got touches of being a horror novel, while also being a suspense/thriller.

As much as I loved the writing and characters in House of Echoes, I did wonder why it took so long to get into the actual meat of the story. Sure, you get the animal bodies and the possible sightings of something in the woods, but it's all the reader is exposed to until the storyline really explodes. At that point, it all seemed rushed. By this time, I was pretty sure I'd already figured out the basics to the mystery, which I had, so none of it felt like a big revelation.

I did still enjoy House of Echoes. You just have to be patient with the build up. Once the action hits, you will be glued to the pages as you see what happens to the Tierney family.


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