Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Echo Bridge by Kristen O'Toole


For popular theater star Courtney Valance, high school was a breeze. Beautiful, talented, and driven, she was the envy of her classmates and the prized girlfriend of Belknap Country Day’s most eligible bachelor, Ted Parker. But that was before Ted’s best friend, Hugh, was found dead. Before Courtney went missing. Before the clothes she was last seen in washed up on the banks of the Souhegan River.

Now everyone believes Courtney is dead, too—and her eligible bachelor is the number one murder suspect. Before the day of Ted’s trial, Courtney’s sister Anna receives a mysterious package with a note in Courtney’s handwriting. Does that mean Courtney could still be alive?

One thing is clear: Courtney’s picturesque life was not what it seemed. She needed an escape…and that’s exactly what she got.

Publication Date: October 15, 2014

Echo Bridge has an original premise and I haven’t read many similar books in the YA genre. The novel has several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I didn’t love the ending, just because I wanted to know a little more about what happened after the big climax.

Echo Bridge has a horrifying premise: one of the school’s golden boys is poised to get away with raping Courtney. The offender is the best friend of Courtney’s boyfriend and Courtney doesn’t know how to come forward. As Courtney digs deeper, she finds that she’s not the only victim and that a cover-up has been going on for some time.

I enjoyed Echo Bridge and I connected with Courtney. A few of her actions were hard to understand, but I could still sympathize with her. The boys in the book were truly vial and I was hoping for Courtney and her newfound friends to take them down. The novel is suspenseful and I only found the middle to drag a bit.

The book was enjoyable, but I felt like too much was revealed early on. The ending was a little out there too and I’m not sure if understand why Courtney chose the path she did.

I’d recommend Echo Bridge to fans of YA suspense and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!

1 comment:

  1. Vial/Vile. Great review, Heather. Sounds like a scary book in its own way. Thanks for sharing :) WRITE ON!