Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Julie Ann Howell, Haunted Echoes

Title: Haunted Echoes

Author: Julie Ann Howell

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Sub-Genre: Romantic Suspense

Keywords: Ghost Story, Ghosts, Haunted, Suspense

Word Count: 90,000

ISBN for Print: 978-1936051694

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Pepper Tree Publishing


Reviewer: Nikki

Tagline: This story just whispers to be read...


Haunted Echoes introduces protagonist Sarah Reddington. Fresh on the heels of her first book release, Sarah, a Chicago-based novelist, should be having the time of her life, having just signed a contract for two more books. But Sarah hits a brick wall when struck with a paralyzing bout of writer’s block. On her publisher’s suggestion that a change of scenery might do Sarah good, Sarah and her faithful canine companion, Dickens, leave the Windy City to travel to the Cape Elizabeth, Maine, a quiet town on the Atlantic’s craggy shore. Leaving her bustling Windy City home for a slow, sleepy New England town is certainly a novel concept for finishing her novel, but this journey could prove stranger than fiction. As the only registered guest at the quaint but elegant Otter Cove Inn, Sarah is sure that this trip will be just the ticket to breaking free of the writer’s block to which she’d become a prisoner. But Sarah is about to become a prisoner to something far greater—and much more sinister. To her dismay and horror, Sarah soon realizes that she may be the only registered guest at this enchanting inn, but she is anything but alone—and escaping writer’s block is about to become the least of Sarah’s worries. From strange voices in the night, to haunting cries, to the eerie spirits that inhabit this haunted hotel, the Otter Cove Inn is full to capacity with bizarre forces intent on getting Sarah’s attention. Unable to differentiate between fact and fiction, Sarah is thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she discovers a key that could unlock a centuries-old secret. As the story unfolds, Sarah is propelled into a pulse-quickening quest to solve a mesmerizing 200-year-old mystery. Can Sarah piece together the clues before it’s too late? Or is this novelist about to be written off for good? Alternately charming and chilling, spooky and spellbinding, Haunted Echoes is a suspenseful—and supremely spirited—tale. An inventive and wildly entertaining ghost story, Haunted Echoes will keep readers riveted until the very last page.


It all starts with a storm, flickering lights, and the power going out. Then comes the strange sounds and the sense that someone is in the room with her. Ahh, the beginning of a chilling ghost story.

I made the mistake of reading this late at night. I devoured the book within hours. Chills ran down my spine and my stomach knotted up. Yes, I was definitely engaged in this story. A supernatural suspense book is right up my reading alley.

Now, as much as I loved this book, I got a little confused in some parts. You have to really pay attention at certain points of the book or you'll get lost. Despite that, Haunted Echoes was a page turner. Riveting and chilling, Julie Ann Howell won me over as a fan.

If you enjoy a haunting tale of ghosts and suspense, then pick up this book- if you're not afraid...

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