Zara Evans stands in the Aurelia Theater, breathing it in. This is the life she dreams of, the call she answers when she auditions for the part of Echo, in a play she has loved since she was twelve. And the part magically goes to her. She eagerly tosses aside her dull life as a senior in a small high school in an unremarkable town. New York is where she belongs.
Enter Eli, young apprentice to Roscoe, the master light technician. Eli sees something special in Zara, something that goes far deeper than her acting ability. She must get to know this actress better.
Then the unthinkable happens. The theater’s curse comes to life and Zara finds Roscoe’s lifeless body, the result of a horrible accident. But this curse comes in threes. After a second cast member is found dead, Zara fears she will be the one to complete the curse.
Echo After Echo captivates the reader from its earliest pages. Each chapter is written from a different character’s point of view, yet each carries the story racing forward. It is an action-packed, suspenseful tale. Just when the reader thinks s/he knows what’s really going on, a different character takes over the narration, spinning the reader’s thoughts in a different direction, keeping just one step ahead of the reader until the end catches us completely by surprise.
The relationship that blossoms between Zara and Eli places this excellent novel into the YA range, but the story is also one of friendship, mystery, and passion. Highly recommended for ages 16 and up.
Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.