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Thursday, February 7, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: Blood Echo by Christopher Rice @amazonpub @chrisricewriter

Blood Echo 
by Christopher Rice

Thanks so much to Thomas & Mercer for these copies.  Second in the Burning Girl series, I fell in LOVE with Bone Music (book one - read my review HERE) and Rice keeps bringing the goods - see my full thoughts below and then immediately put Bone Music and Blood Echo on your TBRs.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: February 19, 2019
366 Pages
Series: Burning Girl #2
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction

A conspiracy that promises bloodshed and the only woman who can stop it collide in the page-turning thriller by Christopher Rice, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Bone Music.

Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…

Charlotte is an experiment. And a weapon. Enabled by a superpower drug, she’s partnered with a shadowy pharmaceutical company to hunt down and eliminate society’s most depraved human predators. But her latest mission goes off the rails in a horrifying way. Unsettled by her own capacity for violence, Charlotte wants some time to retreat so she can work on her new relationship with Luke, a sheriff’s deputy in the isolated Central California town she now calls home.

If only the threats hadn’t followed Charlotte there.

Something sinister is evolving in Altamira, California—a massive network of domestic terrorists with ties to Charlotte’s influential and corrupt employers. As a vast and explosive criminal conspiracy grows, the fate of Charlotte’s hometown hangs in the balance. With everyone she cares about in danger, Charlotte has no choice but to bring her powers home.

Charlotte Rowe has been triggered, and now she’ll have to take matters into her own powerful hands.

My Review:

Ahhhhhhhh.... I LOVE THIS SERIES.  This is book 2 in the Burning Girl series and while sometimes these can be "fillers" for a series, this one does not feel that way in the slightest.  Rice does what I love best in series and wastes no time, taking off from the ending of Bone Music from page one and never letting up.  Because of this, I highly suggest you start with book one and then continue.  If not, then you will be doing yourself a disservice as some things won't quite mesh without knowing the full backstory.

Charlotte is now committed to being at the service of men she doesn't trust (and for good reason) in order to keep some semblance of normalcy in her life.  Charlotte isn't normal, her life isn't normal but hey, you can dream some right?  She's now fully engaged in her romance with Luke (this is high on their commitment and struggles but without all the romantic nosh so don't get the wrong idea), and their connection grows with this book.  His instincts about a case propels them both into some interesting conspiracy theories and how they're going to manage this - IF they can. Phew - does this open some doors to a continued story line. CHRISTOPHER, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME WITH THAT ENDING?!

It's hard to say too much without giving anything away.  I will say that while book one felt fast paced, it really was slower in the sense of learning about Zypraxon, Charlotte's abilities when she's triggered and how everything fell into place.  Blood Echo launches forward even faster as this background is already in place and we see just exactly what Charlotte is now capable of... good luck to anyone who lands on her bad side. 

Do yourself a favor and pick up both books ASAP and you can thank me later.


Jessica's Review:

This book kept me captivated from the first page until the very last. BLOOD ECHO is book two in the Burning Girl series and it picks up from where book one, BONE MUSIC, left off. So I would highly recommend picking up book one in order to follow with ease. What I loved about book one was that the action got started immediately and this was no different! 

We're back with Charlotte, a girl that had an unconventional upbringing (to say the least). Kidnapped and raised by serial killers has made her infamous. Little do people know, she's been through more than just this ordeal. Now, her life seems to be settling into something resembling normal. Working with a pharmaceutical company and a budding romance - but of course no everything is as it seems. 

It's so hard to not give much away, but this book combines some mild sci-fi into this slow burning suspense/thriller. That being said, this is not a slow paced suspense. We are constantly kept on our toes and I couldn't put it down. Rice gave us quite the ending and threw some twists at us and now I can't wait to see where this continues! Typically the second book in the series can be less exciting and act as more of a set up for future books, well that's not the case here. I highly recommend picking up this series, and make sure you do this in order.  

5/5 stars

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