Book Review ~ House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy

House of Echoes: A Novel - Brendan Duffy

Synopsis ~

Akin to Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People and Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box, House of Echoes is a debut thriller populated by achingly sympathetic characters, charged with psychological suspense, and rich with a small town’s strange history.


A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all…until Ben’s second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they’re beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments…and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?

My Thoughts ~

This suspenseful thriller that takes place in a small, close-knit town that is full of history and secrets – some pretty sick and twisted secrets.


The plot is one that slowly builds, gaining in intensity – the suspense and mystery building as the story progressed.  Mr. Duffy’s writing style is very detailed and descriptive and because of this I could really visualize the events as the story unfolded. My only one complaint was the ending.  It was very different; so much that I felt as though the author really didn't know how to wrap this story up. After the slow build-up with the story, it just felt somewhat rushed.  Otherwise, this story was superbly well-written and flowed smoothly.


House of Echoes is Brendan Duffy's first novel, and for a first I am highly impressed. The author has created unique and captivating story with an intricate and mesmerizing plot that kept me engrossed throughout.  House of Echoes is not your traditional horror, as you will not find any ghosts or supernatural beings.  What this story is though is something much worse – a true nightmare.  Overall, I found the book enjoyable and well worth the time invested.


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.