5 STAR REVIEW Echo by E. K. Blair

EchoECHO (Black Lotus #2)
by E. K. Blair
Publisher: Self Published (UK) / (USA)
Publication Date: May 2015(UK) / (US)
Format: Paperback (pages)
Source: OWN COPY

It’s been said the longest echo ever measured lasted 75 seconds, but I can assure you, this will last much longer. The bang deafened the world around me, muting everything into nullity, allowing the reflection of its destruction to live far beyond its intended life.

It will follow me forever, destroying me—destroying you.

You want answers?

So do I. (Goodreads)

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To say that Bang left me gobsmacked and completely on edge due to its cliff-hanger ending, is a bit of an understatement. So when Echo came out, I bought it instantly and dived almost straight into this book. I HAD to find out what happened next in the series, but could Echo live up to the high standard Bang? It was a tough job, but somehow Blair pulled it off. Yet, rather than have the same old, same old, Blair has created an entirely new beast that has claws all of its own.

So, how to review a book that twists and turns like an extreme Rollercoaster, without giving away spoilers? It’s a tough challenge, especially with some of the character development that Nina/Elizabeth goes through. I’m going to try my best to give my review without giving away too much. However, there are a few spoilers for Bang that cannot be avoided, so if you haven’t read Bang, I suggest you go read my review for that and then read the book before coming back here.

Anyway, on with the review.

Echo opens almost immediately after Bang, with the three men that played such a huge part of the first book dead. Elizabeth is left with a sense of loss about the death of two of these men, along with a feeling of no longer knowing who she is. “Nina” was part of an elaborate plan to bring down the man she blamed for the destruction of her family and the life she could have had. Yet, Elizabeth has lived so long as “Nina”, she no longer knows who “Elizabeth” is and with the man who supported her journey dead, she has no compass to help her navigate her life now.

So, she decides that she will leave Chicago and go to Scotland to try to be close to the third man who played a huge part in the conclusion of the first book. As she attempted to feel close to him, a face from her past crops up who shakes her to her very core. I will admit that I had a sneaky suspicion that this person would crop up again due to a number of hints and lack of evidence on where they should have been. What was surprising was the reaction of this person to Elizabeth.

First off, I had a soft spot for this character in Bang and what Elizabeth and her plans for Revenge put this person through was enough to question how much I was rooting for Elizabeth. What occurs in this book obliterates my feelings for this person. Yes, they do deserve some sort of retribution for what Elizabeth subjected them to, but the depths at which they stoop to, sickened me to the point that it was difficult to continue on.

What really shocked me was Elizabeth feeling that she deserved this treatment from this person. She became this person’s personal punching bag and though what she did couldn’t go unpunished, the way that she felt she had no self-worth really made me want shake her till her teeth rattled.

Echo is a book that has a perfect character study on whether a person’s upbringing can affect the way in which they look for acceptance and affection. There is no doubt in my mind that Elizabeth’s upbringing has moulded her in such a way that what could be deemed as a broken, fractured and down-right abusive relationship, is seen to be normal in her eyes. By the time we reach the conclusion of the book, we see that Elizabeth and this person she met in Scotland are both damaged by events that have happened to them. Is this a basis for a healthy relationship? Based on the interaction between them make me feel that no. Too much has happened to and between them for this to end in any other way that the destruction of one or both of them. It makes me doubt a happy ending could be achievable, but with the third book still to be released, something may happen that changes my mind.

The relationship between Elizabeth and this other person is not the only storyline, though it does take up a big chunk of the book. No, in the background, simmering away is a deeper over lying plot that shows how intricately and complex Elizabeth’s life is entangled with a few other players. It puts into question everything you thought you knew and you wonder who else may be tied up in this. To complicate matters more, Blair once again leaves you with a doozy of a cliff-hanger. Again, I do have theories on who that mysterious person may be.

VERDICT:
Echo is not a romance and the prospect of a happy ever after seems so distant at this point. There is no black or white only shades of grey that means you flip back and forth on who to root for. No one is innocent in this and that makes it all the more compelling.

Blair knows how to keep you on the edge of you seat and she knows how to rip every single emotion from you to the point you are exhausted. I was aware of the difficulties that Blair had in writing this book from the posts that she made on various social media outlets and if it I experienced a quarter of the emotion she felt when writing this book, then I can see why she found it difficult. My only complaint about this book? I now have to wait for Hush

5 star

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1 Bang
2 Echo

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