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Sunday, April 19, 2015
House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
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 baking 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 safe their young family?
The premise of this book is a familiar one. Family from the city buys an old house in the country. Weird things start happening and so on... Luckily, it doesn't stick to that old story. Yes, there is a young family who buy a house in the country, but it's an old mansion with a lot of stories and mysteries surrounding it. They buy the house in the hopes of renovating it and turning it into an inn. Their old son, an 8 year old becomes obsessed with the woods surrounding the house (The son's obsession with the woods is big part of the story). He begins seeing things in the woods and his father becomes obsessed with finding out everything he can about the family that once lived in their house. It started out kind of slow but as soon as they started trying to learn more about the house, things really picked up. I liked that the story ended up covering multiple generations and kept me guessing until the end. 4/5