Lost in the Echo, by Jack L. Pyke
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Three days. Three questions. Three answers.
Kidnapped, blindfolded, and bound to a bed, running away isn’t an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wanted to do was fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbour. But now someone wants to put his body and mind on full display, force Will to find his voice—answer three questions, over three days. All Will has to do is provide three… simple… answers.
An extended version of a short, Lost in the Echo is a dark and suspenseful story that gripped me from the start. While the blurb made me think the book was going to be one thing, it was really not. This book is such a mindfuck. Literally. While I enjoy suspense, dark content, BDSM and the like, this book really pushed my limits.
While reading, I went through a lot of emotions, very few that could be described as happy. The thing is, no matter the feelings of apprehension, fear, grief, and deep sadness, the story moves in a way that handled those feelings with care. I always knew there was something good at the end. The hope I always feel while reading a book by Jack L. Pyke was there, and I was not disappointed.
Blurbs can be deceiving… The answers to three questions is not all that has to happen, and there is so much more to this. The story is solid, the writing is exceptional, the content difficult, and I really loved every minute of it.
Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.