Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ARC Review: Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall

Echo Falls
Author: Jaime McDougall
Publication: CreateSpace (July 15, 2011)

Description: Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there. 

After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O'Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack - his pack - is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.

Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart. Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future? 

My Thoughts: This was an exciting story about one of my favorite subjects - werewolves. Phoebe is on the run. Each time she things she has found a safe place, her pursuer finds her again and forces her to run again. He seems to delight in toying with her. When she gets to Echo Falls she is attacked and rescued by Aidan who just happens to be a policeman and the alpha of the local werewolf pack. They are instantly attracted but Phoebe doesn't want to get Aidan involved in her troubles. 

Aidan has troubles of his own. Three young werewolves who were not part of his pack had been murdered. The police don't know they are werewolves and are baffled by the crimes because the victims seem to have nothing in common. One of Aidan's pack and fellow police officer Thomas is sure that whoever is committing the murders has assistance from a traitor in the pack. Then Thomas is killed...

The pack realizes that they have attracted the attention of a hunter. It takes Phoebe quite a while to realize this and even longer to admit that she knows who her pursuer is. After all, she has been running from her ex-boyfriend since he found out she was a werewolf, he killed her brother, and tried to kill her because she was an "abomination."

I liked the story and found it entertaining but did want to slap Phoebe upside the head more than once and yell at her to trust Aidan and let him know what she knew. Her stubborn insistence on solving the problem herself was pretty inexplicable because everything in her encounters with the hunter showed her in way over her head. I couldn't understand why she thought that keeping secrets from Aidan and the pack would keep them safer than letting them know what she knew.

If you are looking for a good werewolf story with lots of adventure and a little romance, this one will be satisfying. Let me know what you think of Phoebe and her decisions.

Favorite Quote:
He frowned, anger beginning to well up inside him as he shifted his focus and glared down at the table. Anger felt better than hurt. Anyone who said that lying by not telling wasn't lying was an idiot. If anything, those lies hurt worse, and he clenched his fists so he wouldn't slam them on the table.
I received the eARC for review. You can get your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your review! Wanting to slap Phoebe upside her head seems to be uniting my readers. Hahaha. Believe me, I wanted to do that sometimes, too, when I was writing the book.


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