The Devil of Echo Lake – Douglas Wynne Review

The Devil of Echo Lake Billy Moon would have given his life for rock ‘n’ roll stardom, but the Devil doesn’t come that cheap. Goth rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city. But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the dark and esoteric, agreed to make him a star. . . for a price. Now Billy has come to Echo Lake Studios to create the record that will make him a legend. A dark masterpiece like only Trevor Rail can fashion. But the woods of Echo Lake have a dark past, a past that might explain the mysterious happenings in the haunted church that serves as Rail’s main studio. As the pressure mounts on Billy to fulfill Rail’s vision, it becomes clear that not everyone will survive the project. It’s time the Devil of Echo Lake had his due, and someone will have to pay.

There are a bunch of books I have read that are published by Journalstone Books. I’ve read Contrition, The Void, and The Donors. This is another book that is published by them. Journalstone is known for their collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novels. I’ve enjoyed the majority of them and this is another great book in their collection.

The best part about this novel is the imagery. The descriptions of the recording process were intense and you couldn’t help but feel like you were in the midst of it. The whole plot of the book sounds so unbelievable, but it was more realistic than I was expecting it to be. The plot moved at a great pace and as Billy’s paranoia grew and the novel became darker, I found myself desperate to know how much of what Billy was experiencing was the truth.

Billy was such a complex character and I found myself really sympathizing with him. I don’t know much about what rock stars think, but his voice sounded authentic to me and while I read about what he was feeling, I was almost feeling it too. It’s a rare book that allows you to connect with a character on that kind of level.

The ending was entirely unexpected and while it was an interesting direction to take the book, I wasn’t expecting it. I don’t know if I actually liked the resolution or not. I think I still need to think about it a bit more, but all in all, this is a solid book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you would like to see what other books Journalstone publishes (for all of you into science ficition, fantasy and/or horror), here’s their catalogue: Journalstone Catalogue.

 

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