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Angels and Echoes [Kindle Edition]

Dori Hartley , Matthew Collins
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New Yorker, Olivia Lang is diagnosed with breast cancer and must undergo major surgery and aggressive chemotherapy. Her post-operative scars are so abhorrent to her husband, that he shuns her emotionally and physically, eventually divorcing her. Lonely and dejected, she looks for companionship in an online role-playing group called Angels and Echoes, where she falls in love with Evan McQuayle, an autistic man who lives in Kentucky. Plagued by memories of childhood molestation, he confesses to the group that at 13, his own mother raped him, gave birth to his only child and sold her to a ring of pedophilic pornographers.

Also in the online group is 21-yr old Kitty Valentine, a wheelchair-bound, NYC tattoo artist. As a baby, she was discovered by her adoptive parents in a dumpster, where she’d been left to die. With no real knowledge of her infancy, her only memories include a vicious woman, a video camera and a kind boy.

When Olivia hires Kitty to tattoo over her scar, the question arises: Could there be a connection between Evan and the young woman in the wheelchair? Olivia’s curiosity turns into an all-out search-and-rescue mission, where the discovery of several videotapes leads them to a broken-down trailer home in the Kentucky hills -- and a possible confrontation with a psychopathic child molester.


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About the Author

Dori Hartley is a native New Yorker, a writer, illustrator, actor and musician.

Hartley started her writing career as a lyricist, penning tunes for Tears For Fears, The Goo Goo Dolls, Carlos Santana, Daphne Rubin Vega, Morcheeba and Patricia Kaas. Her lyrics inspired the writers of the HBO series, The Sopranos, to create an entire show revolving around her song, "Nobody Loves Me But You". Episode #11, "A Hit is a Hit", refers to Ms. Hartley's song as "the hit" which drives the plot.

Her writing credits include essays for AOL's ParentDish magazine, where her controversial articles have each been featured on the AOL Welcome Screen. She received over one million hits in one day, on her autobiographical essay, "Rocky Horror 'Glee' Episode a Time Warp for Original Floor-Show Frank". Her work can also be found in Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, MyDaily and SEED.

She attended Parsons The New School of Design, where she studied Illustration and Fine Art, and New Media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Angels and Echoes is her first novel.



She lives with her daughter and two cats, in South Florida.

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  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ESFBKC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Rejection. Betrayal. Manipulation. Abuse.

Though the book title and cover suggest an epic other-world fantasy, the storyline of this novel by first-time author Dori Hartley is rooted in something far more sinister - the horrors too often inflicted by humans on each other. Who needs vampires and demons when cheating husbands, abusive mothers, and murdering sons are all too happy to step out of the understudy's shadow?

And so the story goes in Hartley's gripping page-turner, "Angels and Echoes," a character study in how far one can be stretched in the directions of selfless love and pure evil before the deeds themselves catapult us into either angelic or demonic status.

From the first page, the reader is immediately thrust into the parallel storylines of New Yorker Olivia Lang and Kentucky-based Evan McQuayle, two protagonists each fighting their own demons that unfortunately know no cultural or geographic boundaries - breast cancer and child abuse.

I offer no spoilers on how their two very different worlds collide, but when they do, it is with a force so powerful that the reader truly won't see it coming. And once you see it, you won't want to look away even for a moment, no matter how difficult some passages are to read. It is as if the author grabs you by the nape of the neck and forces you to stare into the sun, never allowing you to break your gaze. Hartley is not afraid to display in grotesque, almost eye-blinding, color what many of us would prefer remain greyed out in the darkness.

But here's the thing - and this is a spoiler I don't mind sharing - goodness always wins in the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute, edge of your seat drama, brilliant! July 28, 2011
By CJ
Format:Kindle Edition
From the moment I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I kept reading fast and furious because I was so anxious to see what would happen next in this tale of twisted horror and the powerful brilliance of overcoming incredible odds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Addictive September 27, 2011
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Dori Hartley's novel Angels and Echoes is one of the best novels I have ever read, hands down. From the opening page to the last sentence, I was completely enraptured by this book and its characters. I could not put it down, and finished it in just two days! Her novel is deep and dark and she tells of horrors none of us would ever want to face. The horrors she writes about are not of the new and trendy kind. There are no vampires or werewolves. But there are intense moments and real emotions displayed on every page. And it is in her storytelling of these horrors that her characters come to life. There is so much depth to her characters that I immediately "missed" them when I finished the book. I hope she writes a sequel, as I am very eager to meet Olivia, Evan and Kitty again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down September 16, 2011
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This book was next to impossible for me to put down. I read it in 4 sittings and every moment I had to be away from it I loathed.
This story grabbed me from the first sentence to the dark climax to the beautiful ending.
It's a dark horror novel, but not in the way you expect a horror novel, there are no ghosts, no vampires, no demons, just the real horrors that happen to real people every day. The internal and external ones. And theres no Buffy to make the problems these people have go away, just their own will power to fight, survive and keep living.
I'd go so much further into depth about why I felt the way I feel about the two main charaters, but I don't want to spoil a single moment of discovery in this novel for anyone. I read it with out knowing a thing about it, and to me the discovery of each new detail is really part of the experiance.

On one hand I want this author to write a sequal because I was sad when I had to leave the world of these characters, I felt so much for them, but at the same time, I don't want her to write them anymore horrors.. I really do want to immagine them happily ever after. Hopefully Ms. Hartley will create us a new novel to read soon, she really has mastered the art of human darkness vs. the will to survive it.
After being pulled into this world and these lives that she created I can't wait to dive into the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tough but worth it... September 13, 2011
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this is a great book... not an easy breezy read, but i am sure that all of us will know someone to whom this is close... it is extreme to some, but from what i know it does not go beyond the reality of life for so many... a great book to read, it requires your commitment to finish it and to respect the charactors who give their all... enjoy, but also respect it...
some people i know will not believe that this really happens... believe it, it is the sick history of children of every make and model... the sickness is everywhere and only by openning the "oh, that is just not possible here" can this be eradicated...
read this book...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is your first novel ? WOW ! August 25, 2011
By JRoupe
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I'm waiting for the sequel,Hoping she has one in the works.Never boring,It will be hard to walk away from this one for too long.
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Dori Hartley is a native New Yorker, a writer, illustrator, actor and musician.

Hartley started her writing career as a lyricist, penning tunes for Tears For Fears, The Goo Goo Dolls, Carlos Santana, Daphne Rubin Vega, Morcheeba and Patricia Kaas. Her lyrics inspired the writers of the HBO series, The Sopranos, to create an entire show revolving around her song, "Nobody Loves Me But You". Episode #11, "A Hit is a Hit", refers to Ms. Hartley's song as "the hit" which drives the plot.

She is presently working as a columnist for the Huffington Post, where her controversial articles have been featured on the front page of the New York, Women's, Parents and Religion sections. She received over one million hits in one day, on her autobiographical essay, "Rocky Horror 'Glee' Episode a Time Warp for Original Floor-Show Frank". Her work can also be found in Psychology Today, ParentDish, MyDaily and More Magazine.

She attended Parsons The New School of Design, where she studied Illustration and Fine Art, and New Media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Angels and Echoes is her first novel.



She lives with her daughter and two cats, in South Florida.


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