"Immerse yourself in this mesmerizing tale of madness, terror, and redemption."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted May 2, 2015
Writer Ben Tierney has grown tired of dangerous and
exhausting city life and moves with his wife Caroline and
sons Charlie and Bub to a remote country location. They
a huge house called The Crofts and set about restoring it
and turning it into a bed and breakfast. There are plenty
rooms as well as gorgeous acreage for future guests to
during their stay. On the surface, everything looks
Underneath, much darker things lurk. Ben is experiencing a
little bit of writer's block even though they need the
money. Caroline is battling a bi-polar illness that just
doesn't seem to be getting any better. Eight year old
Charlie had some issues in the city school he had attended
that he is still recovering from. Bub is eight months old
and probably the only "normal" member of the family.
Charlie has been given more freedom at The Crofts than he
has ever had. He spends hours in the forest surrounding
property exploring. But he also spends a lot of time just
sitting in a special place and being quiet. Something
in the forest that no one else seems to know about and
Charlie keeps trying to make cautious friends with it.
Even though the people from the village of Swannhaven
alternate between being very welcoming and friendly to
rude and almost threatening, Ben tries to continue his
efforts to get along with them. What he doesn't understand
is that there are some truly dangerous things at work
Things that he needs to know before it's too late for him
and his family.
HOUSE OF ECHOES is truly one of the most captivating books
I've ever read! It has a little bit of everything. It is
frightening, thought provoking, and gripping. Brendan
creates this tale of creepiness without resorting to
stereotypical events and characters. He simply tells a
of a family that become caught up in something
horrible and he tells it in a way that had me hooked from
the first page. Each chapter led into the next and I had
extremely difficult time leaving it when life called.
For a first novel, HOUSE OF ECHOES shows the promise of
great things to come from Brendan Duffy. As I traveled
through this chamber of nightmarish events, I could easily
see it as a movie. I had no idea what was actually going
and when I thought I knew, I quickly learned just how
I was easily able to get intimately acquainted with Ben,
Caroline, Charlie and Bub. They were written in such a way
as to feel like they were sitting in my living room. This
always a sign of a great book and reading experience.
Brendan Duffy is a writer to watch for everyone who enjoys
great, unique, and frightening story that keeps you up at
night. Treat yourself to HOUSE OF ECHOES. It will "echo"
through your mind long after you've finished it.
In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young
familyís dream of a better life is about to become a
Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are
to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel,
Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old
Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.
When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a
remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe
just the break they need, and they leave behind all they
know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers
Swannhavenís chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper
into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to
The Tierneys realize that their new home isnít the fresh
start they needed . . . and that the villageís haunting
is far from over.
House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the
that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.
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