Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Release Day Review: Echoes among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

About the Book
After Aggie Dunkirk's career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn't plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene--even going so far as to re-create it in the attic.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the puzzling, yet attractive museum curator to contact living family members of those in the disturbed graves, Aggie stumbles upon the unsolved murder of a young woman--the details of which match Mumsie's case. As Aggie exhumes the past's secrets, she uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet--even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister's body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister's case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.

My Thoughts

Echoes among the Stones is my favorite Jaime Jo Wright novel yet. I didn't think anything could top The Curse of Misty Wayfair, but this one did. I don't know how she does it, but each new book just gets better and better.

It's a dualtimeline featuring interconnected stories from the present and 1946. I found both times equally compelling. There's no way I could tell you which one I liked better. They were both awesome.

The characters were great. Aggie and Mumsie had quite an interesting dynamic. They've both got prickly personalities. They don't really get along all that great, but they're more alike than not. They internalize things and are so stubborn. But I found them both to be extremely likable and realistic.

There was a haunting melancholy that seeped out of the pages bringing this atmospheric tale to life. It's a definite pageturner and extremely hard to put down. The mystery had me riveted. The intrigue kept building as pieces of the puzzle were revealed. I didn't want it to end. I didn't want to leave these characters I'd come to love. But what a wonderful journey it was! Full of highs and lows. Grief and hope. I can't recommend it highly enough. I enjoyed every second. It's a definite contender for best book of the year.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

Five Stars


  1. It's nice when both timelines in a story like this are equally compelling. That doesn't always happen.

    1. That's so true. I'm always grateful when I come across a dualtime as well done as this one. :)