Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Echoes by Fialkov &Ekedal



Brian Cohn is living in a world of endings and beginnings. As he prepares for the birth of his son, he is also witnessing the final days of his fathers life.

As the Alzheimer's progresses,  Brian's father is rarely coherent. However one day he directs Brian to a chilling discovery. In the crawlspace of an abandoned house Brian finds a box of gruesome little dolls. Each doll has a little card with birth and death dates and pieces of the victims skin and hair. These trophies along with piles of bones, all point to Brian's father being a serial killer.

Weither it's shock or a misguided attempt to protect his fathers memory, Brian  decides to bring the box home. A terrible mistake. Brian is a schizophrenic. Having the box in his possession opens him up to a whole new path of anxiety. He questions everything about his fathers life and even his own. For if his father had the potential for murder what does that mean for him?

With ever page of Brian's story I was drawn deeper and deeper into his anxiety and uncertainty. For a man who already lives so much of his life regimated and controlled he begins to slowly unravel. The whispers of his illness, get stronger leading Brian to park at a local school and watch a young girl ,a girl that soon turns up missing.

When a local cop begins to question Brian the thriller aspects of the story kick into gear. The reader shares in Brian's terror as all the clues start to point towards him continuiong his father's brutal legacy. Or is he?
True horror is about connection. This story really took me to emotional extremes due to my attachment to the characters. I felt so horrified for and sometimes at Brian's decisions and eventual outcome. A really engrossing read.

Rahsan Ekedal's art is amazing! He is a master of creepy details and shading that add tension to the story.

A wonderful read, fans of horror and thriller reads will love it

1 comment:

Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

That is one creepy book cover! Your review is great, I really want to read this now. I like the Alzheimer's angle too. I work with a lot of elderly patients with cognitive impairment and I've often wondered what if one of them was harboring a dark secret... hey, I read a lot! :)