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House of Echoes

A Novel

by Brendan Duffy

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House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
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  • Published Apr 2015
    400 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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  • Lisa E. (Naugatuck, CT)
    House of Echos
    House of Echos is a dark and enjoyable debut from Brendan Duffy: a gothic style mystery that has excellent pacing with subtle clues that can be easily missed, and those are my favorite kind. Brendan Duffy leaves us the tiniest of bread crumbs as we read, leading us little by little to the heart of his creepy tale. There is a constant feeling that something ominous is quietly lurking behind every page. Duffy never lets us get too comfortable. There are no tricks and no gimmicks here, just good, old-fashioned storytelling. You know something is not quite right, but just like the character of Ben, it's easier to ignore it and just press on. This was highly readable, perfectly paced, had well-developed, and didn't try any funny stuff. Good job, Brendan Duffy. You're one to watch!
  • Mary M. (Lexington, KY)
    Scary Good
    This book had a little of everything suspense, family drama, mystery and history together they made a great book. There is a sense of foreboding from the first pages. You know something isn't right but you don't know what it is. The author really takes his time telling the story and building the suspense. You don't know who is dangerous and who can be trusted. It is only in the last pages that all is revealed and it is worth the wait. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books from this author.
  • Barbara C. (Fountain hills, AZ)
    Cold and creepymystery
    House of Echoes surely does echo a creepy, mysterious, voice from the past. Although you cannot quite put your finger on why this book has hidden things going on, you early on realizes that things are all not as they should be in this idyllic setting. The letters from Bess to Kathy, as well as the dead animals scattered around are harbinger of some mysterious stuff going on. Caroline, the wife, also exhibits actions not exactly normal. You get the feeling that the townfolks are a bit spooky and creepy, but it is just a feeling - at this point. Duffy's description of the cold, snow and ice make you want to turn up the heat. He does a great job creating a winter atmosphere. Besides being a page-turning mystery, House of Echoes is also the story of a family - father, mother and two young sons where the mother obviously has some mental problems. Ultimately, the family, though the horror and desperation of the climax, realize the true meaning of family and importance of life. The book is a page-turner, and is fun to read.
  • Darcy C. (San Diego, CA)
    Good Story - Great Descriptions!
    I couldn't wait to get this book - and I was not dissatisfied. There was a good amount of suspense for my taste (I wanted even more.) On a scale of 1 to 10, the creep factor is a 7. I won't summarize the plot, but merely mention different scenes (without spoilers): I wish the book explored more of why Mom decided to destroy parts of the home. I would've liked more follow-up to her "hearing" things which led to her acting irrational with a deadly tool. I thought the use of the forest and of a thing-in-the-forest created great suspense, especially the butchered animals. Gross, but really effective. (I think I might have been holding my breath at these times in the book.) They provided a real sense of impending menace. It was Duffy's descriptive sentences I loved the most. I loved reading: "You always hid razors in your words, Benji." And the simple description of: "A hand tapped his leg..." gave me crazy goose-bumps! I love books that make me work for the end -- when I can't guess the ending. You will enjoy this spine-chilling book. I am already waiting for Brendan Duffy's next book – I hope it's even creepier!
  • Marianne S. (Ulysses, KS)
    Creepy Old House and Young Family
    This sounds like a familiar story, and but the author makes it original. A young family buys a huge, rundown house in a sparsely populated area in the mountains north of New York City. The wife has some serious mental problems. The people in the area are weird and creepy. All of the characters are well developed, especially the main one. The setting is wonderfully developed in an eerie way. I felt like I was there. The plot had some surprises and I definitely didn't want to put the book down until I finished.
  • Carole P. (Framingham, MA)
    House of Echoes
    House of Echoes sounded like an interesting mystery. However, I would not put in that genre. In fact it is hard to say what genre it should be in. It is an intense family saga that deals with old problems and new beginnings. There is mystery in it, with a touch of horror. Once I began reading it, it owned me. The Tierneys are hoping to keep their life together with a drastic move. What they find is an eerie town that may be a threat to them and their 8 year old son. The book goes in very unexpected directions and is impossible to put down. What a fabulous first novel. It really is rare for me to find a book that draws me in as much as this one did. Do yourself a favor and read it.
  • Carol G. (Leesburg, VA)
    Literally could not put it down
    I loved this book! House of Echoes was an easy book to get into, the characters (especially the protagonist) were well developed and the writing allows the reader to form very clear mental pictures. The more I read the more trouble I had putting the book down. By the time I reached the last third of the book I had to take 2 hours off work to finish this story, it grabbed me and I could not let go. As a new reader to the suspense/thriller genre, I certainly hope I find other books as exciting as this one.
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