“There is truth to be shared. Let us begin…”
Volatile mathematical genius Mallory Park is living two lives. In one, she is balancing senior year with looking after her little brother and troubled ex-Marine father; in the other, she spends her nights glued to her laptop, breaking into some of the world’s most secure systems as the hacker Echo Six.
As part of a corruption-exposing cyber network called the Forum, Mallory is far more at ease among the codes and hidden identities of her online world than she has ever been in the real one, but when other hackers start to go missing, she finds herself caught up in a web of secrets that could have repercussions far beyond both.
When anyone can be a name on a screen, how do you know who to trust?
Echoes by Laura Tisdall is a page turning debut novel that I am so happy I took a chance on. I love supporting self-published authors and when I get a review request from a self-pubbed author and it turns out to be a win, I get all giddy inside and Echoes was certainly a win. I really enjoyed the story. I thoughtMallory was a great MC that I could really get behind and despite the fact that the book is YA (we all know I don’t read a ton of YA anymore) the author didn’t fall in to any of the typical YA traps. This is YA at its finest that even non YA lovers can love. NO teenage angst here. Instead we get mystery, corruption, and so many twists and turns that my head is still spinning.
Main wins in this one for me are that the characters are relatable, likable, and believable. I could picture all of this actually happening and that made the book so much more enjoyable because nothing was too far of a stretch. My only complaints are that the style of writing took me a while to get sucked in. I’m not sure how to really describe it. There were some slow points and some moments where I got maybe more information that needed but all in all, a good book and a great debut from an emerging author.
Laura grew up in Woking, England, and graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in music. Before turning to novels, she worked mainly in theatre and wrote the critically-acclaimed musical The In-Between. Her first book, Echoes, was published in fall 2015. TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE