Genre: Paranormal Short Story
Published: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Echelon Press
Source: Free review copy from author (thank you!)
From Goodreads: Sometimes death is only the beginning…
Even after the bad day she’s had, Cassy is still surprised to find herself shot, an innocent bystander in a drive by shooting. Bleeding to death in an empty parking lot, she knows she is going die.
What she doesn’t expect, is the arrival of a strange, and unnaturally handsome, man who tells her he can keep her from passing on in return for being his forever. In desperation, she agrees but afterwards she is beyond dismayed to discover she has died.
To make matters worse, the stranger has disappeared, leaving her spirit to wander through a series of worlds unknown to her. Her existence is one of fear and loneliness, until she meets another like her and discovers she’s not a ghost at all but something much more.
My Thoughts: The Forgotten Echo was a fantastic read for me because it is unlike anything that I have been reading lately. Wylie has a way of capturing your attention and not letting you go until she is finished telling her story (or at least this chapter of it).
Cassy isn’t a ghost, although she is initially ghost-like in that she cannot be seen and cannot touch objects. She is tied to an Immortal (the Immortal who turned her into an Echo) but he has disappeared and she is left to learn about what she has become on her own. She has no concept of time, decades pass as would days or weeks, and she spends what would feel like an eternity desperately alone, not knowing what she is or what her purpose in her current form is.
The Forgotten Echo was my first introduction to Jen Wylie’s work and I am so, so happy that I had a chance to read it. The story line and concept of this series is unique and held my interest from the first page. There is so much left to discover in terms of what Echos really do, why the Immortals need them, what exactly is going on in the Otherworld and I am excited for this series to continue on. I wished that The Forgotten Echo wasn’t a short story because I didn’t want it to end! Jen Wylie is an exciting emerging author and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next and am eagerly anticipating the next release in the Immortal Echoes series.