Where Echoes Lie

Philomel. Oct. 2021. 400p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525516576.
Gr 8 Up–Living in a small town can be tough, especially for a teen trying to find her own way. It’s even harder when there is pressure to stay and help the family business. Between her complicated relationship with her controlling father and her submissive but quick-tempered mother, Rena Faye must do some internal searching for her own dreams. This quest inspires her to look back at her family’s past and the true story of the local legend, The Ghost Bride. Rena Faye learns how important family can be and the importance of deciding her own future, despite the curse that has plagued the women in her family for years. This is an intense but fascinating thriller that is an easy and delightful read. The characters all serve to drive the ghost story that’s full of a large range of emotions—discouragement and family pressure, fear of the unknown, and the spark of finding someone who understands you.
VERDICT An engaging coming-of-age novel with an eerie bent.

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