Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Lost in the Echo
Author: Jack Pyke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 99 Pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Three days. Three questions. Three answers.
Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn’t an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three… simple… answers.
Review: Wow, this story really packs a punch. I was pretty darn confused in the beginning, but I just kept telling myself to relax, this is Jack, there is always a method to her madness. And thank goodness I listened to myself, because when it all plays out, it is totally worth it.
At first glance, this is a pretty complex story, but on the other hand, it is a tragically sad, yet beautiful story of love. Love for a son, love for a partner, and what happens when those are interconnected and then tragedy strikes. Will is falling apart, losing himself to the grief of losing his adopted son. He leaves town to get away from the memories that surround him at home and it doesn’t take long before he is kidnapped. While he is disoriented and confused, it becomes clear that this is more personal as the kidnapper forces Will to confront things by asking him three questions.
To say any more about this story would be giving too much away. Suffice to say, once the kidnapping happens, things ramp up pretty quickly. As that comes to and end, the pieces start falling into place. The emotions bleed off the page as two men grieve and come to grips with things. All three men have lost here, but it is the remaining son who sets Will and Elliot straight pushing them to wake up and take control of their lives.
I am never disappointed when reading a Jack Pyke book. The quality of writing is never in question. Every one has such depth to them through complex characters and story lines you can’t help but fall in love with. They tend to be on the darker side, with very little fluff, yet they are full of emotions and love and even hope. If you have yet to experience her work (and it is always an extremely fulfilling experience), you are truly missing out, and I highly recommend you give one a try.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*