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Death Echo Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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More About the Author
She has been writing since 1982 and in 1989 became an innovator in the field of romantic suspense. She has over fifty books to her name.
Lowell lives in Nevada with her husband of many years.
Top Customer Reviews
First, what I liked about the book - I liked both Emma and Mac. They are strong characters who don't feel the need (or perhaps just don't have the time) to try and one up each other as you sometimes see in books like this. Both Emma and Mac are very capable and know their limits. They are interesting characters. If you have read and liked other Lowell books, you know her writing style can pull you into the most boring book - which this definitely wasn't. It was pretty fast paced, especially with the time restraints. It was an exciting book that kept you entertained and anxious to find out what would happen next.
What I didn't like was the short period this book took place in. Seven days seemed way too short for all that happened. It also made everything feel sort of rushed - which I guess was the point. However, I felt it took away from the story. We also didn't get as much background on Emma and Mac as I might have liked. The seven days also made their attraction to each other seem much more like a reaction to the high stress situation and all the adrenaline than actually feelings for each other. Because of this, the book wasn't one of my favorites by this author.Read more ›
Unfortunately, that can't happen in this book because Lowell completely overwhelms readers with details. All those details get in the way of either identifying with the characters or feeling the suspense. The majority of the story takes place on a boat, and all the descriptions of the boat and the terminology and the way things work on boats...it created a major distance between the reader and the story.
This isn't an awful book by any means, but it's not great, either. It's a mediocre effort by a writer who can--and has--done better.
Well, that's OK because nothing lasts forever and, I have their earlier works and I'll just keep reading them over & over.
As to Death Echo, I really had trouble finsihing it and, I can't believe anyone could actually read it twice! I was numb from all the boat BS, it was just boring.
What little romance there was in the story was almost embarrassingly bad, had no passion, just blah,
Sorry, JMHO. I know everyone has to judge for themself but I would recommend saving your money and checking it out at the library.
Characters are poorly developed and they don't pull you into the story. The cardboard romance feels as if it was thrown in so it could be categorized romantic suspense, which leads me to say there really is no suspense. Supposedly the world is about to have some horrible disaster visit it if they don't get this yacht somewhere but everything is so vague and implausible, nothing makes sense. I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief on this one. The political background is typical EL Pacific Rim/Russian bad guys and it is getting old.
I am only halfway through it on my Kindle and can barely wait to just be done with it. I am skimming at this point. Don't waste your money on this one. Hopefully Elizabeth Lowell will write an interesting story with developed characters instead of a textbook next time.
I suppose I like some of Lowell's earlier books better because they are more character studies, and also deal a bit with the landscape. Here it's all about the boat and the characters are rather cardboard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Elizabeth Lowell and her series books they are a fast read and I generally can't put them down once I start them just the right amount of suspense and romancePublished 2 months ago by J. Baker
Love the Saint Kilda books and this one doesn't disappoint! Wish there was a book number six.Published 6 months ago by Beth M.
This very well written thriller will certainly keep you guessing. The reader learns all about navigational problems posed by the waters north of Seattle. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Emma left the CIA and now works for St. Kilda and the insurance company who wants to find out why their yachts are disappearing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pennie Morgan
Really kept me on my toes and I loved the chemistry between Emma and Mac.
Couldn't seem to be able to put it down!!!
This is in my opinion one of the best St. Kilda books. I like all of them, but there's something about Mac and Emma's relationship that just makes this one special. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda Lough
I started this book at 9:00 pm. Read until 3:30. Finished just now. Totally engrossing. Nice humor. People I liked as well as the badPublished 11 months ago by Justina Hayden
Action adventure and romance overall good read. I always enjoy Elizabeth Lowell books, they start interesting, and provide a good read.Published 14 months ago by syleeone