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When Echoes Die, Courtney Gould

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Beck Birsching has been adrift since the death of her mother, a brilliant but troubled investigative reporter. She can’t stop herself from slipping into memories of happier days, longing for a time when things were more normal. So when a mysterious letter in her mother’s handwriting arrives in the mail that reads Come and find me, pointing to the small town at the center of her last investigation, Beck hopes that it may hold the answers.

But when Beck and her sister Riley arrive in Backravel, Arizona, it’s clear that something’s off. There are no cars, no cemeteries, no churches. The town is a mix of dilapidated military structures and new, shiny buildings, all overseen by a gleaming treatment center high on a plateau. No one seems to remember when they got there, and when Beck digs deeper into the town’s enigmatic leader and his daughter, Avery, she begins to suspect that they know more than they’re letting on.

As Beck and her sister search for answers about their mother, she and Avery are increasingly drawn together, and their unexpected connection brings up emotions Beck has fought to keep buried. Beck is desperate to hold onto the way things used to be, but when she starts losing herself in Backravel—and its connection to her mother—she risks losing her way back out.

When Echoes Die was predictable sometimes, gripping always. I felt my heart sink with some bad decisions, I loved the protagonist and wanted to punch everyone else in the face just to make them feel something, I panicked when the supernatural took over. This novel didn’t rock my world, but I won’t forget it anytime soon either. I really enjoyed it.

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  1. As usual, recommendations are in French and English, personal update is in French. Comme d’habitude, l’introduction (nouvelles perso) est en français et les recommandations sont…