In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family's dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare. Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school. When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it's just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven's chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn t the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village's haunting saga is far from over. "House of Echoes" is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole. Praise for "House of Echoes" Shades of "The Shining" are spattered through Brendan Duffy's debut novel a large isolated house, a young family, nutty and somewhat supernatural goings-on but "House of Echoes" grounds itself in different ways for an enjoyable read. "USA Today" "" An exquisite novel . . . expertly plotted, beautifully written . . . It's complex, deft and, once you dive in, you want to stay in this often-scary world. . . . This is a book that deserves to be savored. "The Star-Ledger" Duffy's debut is a riveting blend of horror and family drama. The remote location, creepy townspeople and the village's savage history produce a harrowing tale that keeps readers quickly turning the pages. As this complex family struggles with mental illness and their child's isolation, their redemption comes in the revelation that they can survive anything together. "RT Book Reviews "(4 1/2 stars) Duffy expertly builds suspense, leaving readers eager to know what happens while simultaneously dreading the outcome. This creepy page-turner will appeal to fans of Stephen King and anyone who loves a good ghost story. "Library Journal" "House of Echoes" is one of those stories where you know something bad is going to happen, but you hope it won t. It's one you ll remember long after reading the last page. "New York Journal of Books" Duffy walks a fine line between crime and horror, skillfully manipulating the threats of a punishing winter, creepy historic setting, and strange villagers. . . . This unsettling, atmospheric tale is right up the alley of those who enjoyed Jennifer McMahon's "Winter People." "Booklist" (starred review) A fluid, suspenseful yet subtle thriller, with touches of humor, evocative writing, and characters that are both familiar and uniquely fascinating. A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "House of Echoes" is that rare debut that grabs the reader by the lapels with both hands and never lets go. It's compelling, brooding, atmospheric, and propulsive and it accomplishes something frightening and unique: a portrayal of the great outdoors as beautiful, amoral, and claustrophobic at the same time. It will stay with you long after you read the last page, and it may very well haunt your dreams. C. J. Box, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Endangered.
About the Author
Brendan Duffy is an editor. He lives in New York, where he is at work on his second novel.