a ruthless echoIt’s been a year and a half since Alex Crawford discovered his wife’s body floating in the lake behind their home. Coupled with the critical failure of his first novel, the past eighteen months have driven Alex into creative tailspin. Writer’s block nags at him. Mourning his wife devours his waking hours. It’s driving him insane. At the behest of his agent,a ruthless echoIt’s been a year and a half since Alex Crawford discovered his wife’s body floating in the lake behind their home. Coupled with the critical failure of his first novel, the past eighteen months have driven Alex into creative tailspin. Writer’s block nags at him. Mourning his wife devours his waking hours. It’s driving him insane. At the behest of his agent, Alex travels to the nearby town of Second Hollow to engage in a writer’s retreat. The manager of the retreat offers him a beautiful, old typewriter with which to try and beat back the block. Willing to try anything, Alex agrees.The writing comes back with ease. Alex feels energized and creates a story about a new character, a horror writer from 40’s named Aldous Creed. But the next day Alex discovers that Creed is a very real person who used to live in Second Hollow — something everyone in the town is all too aware of. Alex can’t figure it out; is he going crazy? How did he not know this? Convinced he just wasn’t paying attention, Alex continues to write on the typewriter, crafting a terrifying ghost story. But the more he writes the more he discovers that the things he writes about are actually real — or perhaps are becoming real. Unable to turn away, Alex begins to investigate how this could happen, but the truth behind the reality of Aldous Creed could lead him to the point of no return, and the ghost of his wife is waiting in the wings....
|Title||:||a ruthless echo|
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|Number of Pages||:||409 Pages|
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a ruthless echo Reviews
What a strange book. At some point it was a freebie and thus came to live on my Kindle for probably years, staring, begging to be read. So ok, I read it. It was a reasonably quick read, considering the bulk volume and for a freebie by an unknown it was actually quite good. There's been meta author writes his own reality/characters come to life stories before, but Burch has really spun this one out into something very original and interesting. There are realities upon realities clashing with and onto each other, after an author struggling with his writing gets sent to a small town writer's retreat and given a magic typewriter. Magic as in it makes ideas come to life. Fun, right? And so it was. Until the book overwhelmed itself with too much fun, too many plot twists and too many sudden turns and became tiresome. Which is to say it still worked, only less so than it would have with some trimming down and editing. It does work in a sort of literally ouroboros fashion and shows a good amount of talent and promise, but is too busy to genuinely wow. Ends up one of those things that's just too clever for its own good or thinks so and tries accordingly. Entertain though it does, so author's goal as stated in the afterword is achieved. No small feat really.
I began this book blind. I never read the description and can't remember why I bought it but I am really glad I did. The first few chapters are a little slow, just introducing the main character but when it gets going it's like a roller coaster ride! I was completely thrown for a loop quite a few times during my read and I had a really hard time putting this down when real life broke into my reading time. CK Burch is definitely on my watch list from here on. I just purchased The Icarus Void and if it's even one quarter as good as this one it'll be great.
I love this book!! I did feel like maybe some of the depth of the story started too soon at first but then I realized that the story would not contain itself if it did not. There were a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming but the whole time I was thinking of how great this story would be on the big screen with the ability of graphics these days. A ruthless echo movie done right could even put this book ahead of Stephen King since we won't even mention most of the movies made of his books.
It was about half way into this story that I could not put it down. There became a very addicting moment, a craving to know what was going to happen next. Whatever it was, it wasn't going to be good and that was fantastic. I needed to see the end. A mind-bending, horrific layered story full of dark and mysterious happenings. A true ghost story that keeps going until the very final page. It is gritty and brutal and stomach turning at moments. The author pulls you into this world that has been created and you will not want to leave. 5 out of 5 stars. An excellent horror story.
This story was an intriguingly well-written piece, where its darkness and thought provoking stance kept me interested. It had enough twists and turns to keep the story gripping and although it did have an overall dark, mysterious and ghostly feel.A tale worth reading.
Somewhat scrambledI just couldn't find anything to hold onto; I found the main character unbelievable and the plot was too "Twilight Zone".