Although I enjoy Lowell's books as they are usually good, light reading, 'Death Echo' was too similar to some of her other St Kilda books. The story was too basic, not much tension created and weak character involvement. It is a fast read for easy summer reading. I will still continue to read her in the future but may be a little more discriminating about which books I choose to read.
Rated of 5
by Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)
Death Echo is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Lowell and is very likely to be the last. For the first 300 pages, suspense is missing, sex is gratuitous, characterizations are thin, and the plot is weak. Why do Emma and Mac trust each other? Why does anyone trust Alara? Who is Steele and why do we waste time on his point of view? Death Echo could have been a very strong book -- a US city is in danger in a very realistic way -- and Emma and Mac could have been people we cared about. Since Lowell has many books in print, I can only surmise that she is successful enough that her editor sees no point in editing -- her books will sell no matter how weak.
Rated of 5
by Priscilla B. (Marietta, GA)
I love a mystery and am not overly fussy about how well they are written. Unfortunately, even my lowish standards were not met in Death Echo. The premise was never well explained or developed. The sexual “chemistry” between the main characters was distracting and bizarre given the situation. In all a disappointing read.
If you love sailing and the waters of the Pacific Northwest you might enjoy parts of the book. Otherwise, give it a miss.
Rated of 5
by Liz (South Pasadena, CA)
Death Echo sadly fails the test
While this is meant to be a light read, flaws in the time line and character development seriously impede a reader’s pleasure. In Death Echo, the reader is expected to believe that a private consulting firm accepts a request by some government agency to chase down a yacht that is going to somehow destroy a major US city using biological, chemical, or fissionable methods. The selected agent, our heroine, Emma is given the assignment on the spot at 9 AM in Manhattan. By the afternoon of the same day she is on a Zodiac in Puget Sound, Washington. No mention was made of magic carpets or even private jets. Later she manages to link up with a handsome partner on the yacht in question. Our couple is attracted to each other instantly. They have a hard time keeping focused on the tasks at hand; and the dialogue between the two of them is contrived and too cute for words. About half way through the book the plot picks up and there are some interesting story line twists. This book needs some editorial help.
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