Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review: Grave Echoes by Erin Cole

Some of you may not know Erin Cole. She's a dynamite writer from the west coast, a writer I very much admire. She's also the author of the mystery novel, Grave Echoes. Here's my take on why you should buy and read it:

Kate Waters is a woman of science, a geologist who suffers from narcoleptic visions. The sudden death of her sister, Jev catapults her into unfamiliar ground, ground that seems to be steadily crumbling beneath her feet. Now she’s seeing the ghost of a little girl in her home, and even worse, suspects a very real stalker may be after her for the key she acquired from her dead sister’s belongings. And to top it all off, it seems Jev may have been a practicing witch.

I think mystery, horror, thriller, and paranormal junkies will find this book quite delicious. There’s a wonderful balance of ghostly happenings and witchcraft with concrete, by-the-book police procedurals and scientific fact. Erin shows great skill at creating creepy atmosphere and nail-biting suspense. And her characters are people we can relate to, void of clich├ęs or one-dimensional caricature studies.

It’s always the small things that win me over. Early on in the book, the lead investigator attends an autopsy, and, in order to mask the smell of death, he chews on a piece of peppermint. Most readers would skim right by this. But as a person who’s actually attended autopsies, the use of something as mundane as peppermint validates this novel for me. It shows me an author who pays meticulous attention to detail.

You can classify Grave Echoes as a paranormal mystery, but at its core, it’s really about transitions and transformations. Kate Waters is at a crossroads. On the one side, she must remain true to how she's defined by her vocation, standing firm on rock. But on the other side, she must deal with her grief by stepping off the cliff of her emotions and trusting in unseen forces. Erin Cole has done an outstanding job at scripting a very believable parallel between Kate’s emotional turmoil and the seismic rumblings of Mt. Hood’s volcanic activity happening all around her.

Erin Cole’s Grave Echoes does just that; it resonates perfection. I anxiously await the sequel.

Learn more about Erin Cole and her writing at her blog here. You can purchase Grave Echoes on Amazon here.


  1. Awesome, Angel ... I'm anxiously awaiting a digital version!

  2. Today was a good day and you had a lot to do with that, Angel. Super thanks for the excellent review!

    To be admired by those you admire is one of the sweet deals in this thing called writing. It is often what gets me through those days of doubt and rejection.

    I must stress attention to detail to writers too - you never know who is going to know what (autopsies, Angel - cool!) One of my readers was a geologist herself, and so I'm glad that I spent a few extra hours (days) researching Mt. Hood.

    Hey, Anthony - Grave Echoes is on Kindle, Nook, and downloadable eformat forms at AuthorHouse, or you can get a signed copy from me on my website.

    Many thanks, Angel.

  3. Angel gives the best reviews. I agree with him on everything. What got me most was the emotional punch she was able to sock my heart despite the mystery and paranormal twisting. Just excellent.

  4. Awesome review, Angel! Erin is an excellent writer!