Echoes of the Past

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
255 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2023
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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Echoes of the Past by Angela Grey and Paige Peterson is an outstanding mystery. Leah and Jake’s mother goes missing and a search party is arranged. Everyone who can help is involved in this intensive search. Decapitated and dismembered victims are found in suitcases, and everyone believes she is a victim of the suitcase killer. Leah discovers her mother's secrets, which she has been hiding for twenty years. Her mother was pregnant as a teenager and abandoned her baby. Can this be the reason for the disappearance? As the investigation progresses, more and more secrets come to light. There are so many questions Leah and Jake want their mother to answer when they find her. Leah and Jake’s father are presumed guilty of their mother’s disappearance. During interrogation, more and more secrets emerge.

Echoes of the Past is a fast-paced thriller packed with action. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning and with all the twists and turns I could not predict what would happen next. The chapters alternate between Leah and her brother, Jack, and I welcomed the storytelling from two perspectives. Angela Grey and Paige Peterson blended mystery, suspense, and grisly details to create this captivating story. It's a wild roller coaster ride with characters that are authentic and relatable. The emotions and family drama were reproduced in such a way that I felt part of the drama and could experience their emotions. It is well-written and gripping with an unexpected end. It surpassed my expectations.

K.C. Finn

Echoes of the Past is a work of fiction in the mystery, psychological thriller, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to mature adult readers and was penned by author team Angela Grey and Paige Peterson. In this riveting drama that will mess with your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat, we explore the dark world of serial killers, secret pasts, and family history. Leah and Jake have lost their mother, missing and presumed dead amidst a time when other victims are turning up dismembered in suitcases. But when Leah discovers a fearful secret that her mother had kept well hidden for twenty years, signs point to something very different from the typical serial killer on the loose.

Author duo Angela Grey and Paige Peterson really know how to craft a tense and very enjoyable thriller mystery that sparks new questions in every chapter but never fails to give us enough of the unwinding tapestry to keep us satisfied and hungry for more. I sped through this pacy novel and enjoyed its many twists immensely, and I felt there was credibility to the behavior of even the darkest and most questionable characters that kept everything realistic. The emotional turmoil for Leah and Jake was balanced between the split perspective narration, allowing us to get partial information from both sides of the discovery and ensuing mystery and piece together the startling revelations for ourselves. Overall, Echoes of the Past is a highly recommended read for fans of intense psychological mysteries and dark, suspenseful dramas with a murderous twist.

Melanie Kennedy

Echoes of the Past is another suspenseful page-turner from Angela Grey and Paige Peterson. Leah and Jake’s mother has gone missing in the deep forests of the state park. As an experienced ranger, no one would expect her to be lost, and so the theories turn to a more macabre nature. These are further spurred on by the reappearance of the infamous suitcase killer. Can Leah and Jake hold on to the hope of finding their mother alive? As the investigation progresses, so do the shocking revelations about their mother. It turns out the doting mother of two grown children had a past she was actively trying to hide, and a future she tried running away from. Secrets are revealed and their dreadful impact has irreversible consequences on this once-happy family.

Echoes of the Past is full of twists and turns. This powerful whodunnit filled with mysterious disappearances and serial killers will have you questioning every character as a suspect. Angela Grey and Paige Peterson form a great duo in writing this fast-paced novel about shocking family secrets and the consequences they have on the people around them. The callousness of the police frustrated me at times, but it’s just a testament to how anyone struggles to prove their innocence as a suspect. Experiencing the story from Leah's and Jake’s perspectives is a unique twist, showing how different the two characters truly are. At certain points, I felt like screaming at Leah, but luckily Jake was the voice of reason and did it for me. Echoes of the Past is truly a treat that kept me guessing until the end.