Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Echo Bridge by Kristen O'Toole

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.
Echo Bridge
Blurb (from Goodreads):
For popular theater star Courtney Valance, high school was a breeze. Beautiful, talented, and driven, she was the envy of her classmates and the prized girlfriend of Belknap Country Day’s most eligible bachelor, Ted Parker. But that was before Ted’s best friend, Hugh, was found dead. Before Courtney went missing. Before the clothes she was last seen in washed up on the banks of the Souhegan River.

Now everyone believes Courtney is dead, too—and her eligible bachelor is the number one murder suspect. Before the day of Ted’s trial, Courtney’s sister Anna receives a mysterious package with a note in Courtney’s handwriting. Does that mean Courtney could still be alive?

One thing is clear: Courtney’s picturesque life was not what it seemed. She needed an escape…and that’s exactly what she got.

Echo Bridge by Kristen O'Toole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Echo Bridge(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Courtney is raped by her boyfriend’s best friend (Hugh) whilst at a party, but can’t confess what happened to anyone, especially when Hugh claims that he will tell people she wanted it.
How can Courtney find peace after what Hugh did to her? And will Hugh do the same to someone else before she can stop him?

This was an interesting story, but the pace was a little slow.

Courtney was an interesting character, and I felt really sorry for her. I understood why she felt like she couldn’t tell anyone about the rape, but I really wished that she could have done something about Hugh before he raped anyone else.

The storyline in this was good, and I liked the mystery element of how the girls would pay Hugh back. The pacing did feel a little slow though, and I would have liked for it to have been a bit quicker.
There was some romance in this, but not a lot. The story was much more focused on the rape and its consequences rather than romance.

The ending to this delivered a couple of surprise twists which were good. This book was enjoyable overall; I just wanted things to move a bit quicker.
6.5 out of 10

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