Erryn reviews Lost in the Echo by Jack L. Pyke. The second edition of the ebook was released by Men in Ink Press on August 4, 2020 and is 100 pages. The audiobook was released September 2, 2020, is narrated by Dan Calley, and is 2 hours and 49 minutes. An audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I really enjoy Jack Pyke books.
Three days. Three questions. Three answers.
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 wants to do is fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbor. But now someone wants to put his 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.
I grappled a bit with this book. I listened to it several weeks ago, and have waffled on how to approach the review. This is a Jack Pyke book, so I was expecting a mind fuck. Well, she delivered. I don’t want to get too far into the reeds on this book except to say that Will endured some disturbing things and I wondered if I should be upset or fascinated. His story of tragedy was powerful, to be sure, and I was intrigued by the twists and turns. I guess in the end I accepted the plot line. And accepted his reaction to that powerful presence that demanded the three answers to the three questions. And, of course, I put myself in Will’s shoes. How would I react in a similar situation? That’s the mark of a good storyteller – when the reader is forced to question how they would cope if they found themselves in that circumstance.
Anyway, I did enjoy the mind fuck. I also enjoyed Dan Calley’s narration of the story. He and Jack always deliver a great book and this was no exception. Can’t wait for the next collaboration.
8.5/10 pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Jack 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.
Jack’s also a contract editor, working with Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, and Harmony Ink. She’s also had the absolute pleasure of editing exceedingly talented indie authors like Adrienne Wilder and Joseph Lance Tonlet.
Basically this all means Jack finds herself incredibly humbled to write, edit, and read solely in the M/M romance genre, with a particular love of psychological thrillers, BDSM, and crime.