Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright: Book Review
About the Book
Title: Echoes Among the Stones
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2019
After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.
Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.
In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.
In this split-time romance, we hear from two women, Aggie and Imogene. When Imogene’s sister is murdered, she vows to never let go until the murderer is caught. In doing this, Imogene holds on to her grief in such a way that she practically stops living. Aggie is close to doing the same after her mother’s death.
The grief was by far the biggest aspect of the novel for me. The brutally raw emotions of both women was the driving force behind the plot.
Mumsie, hands down, was my favorite character. Even though Aggie takes everything Mumsie says as some sort of dig against Aggie, their dynamic worked. Mumsie’s one-liners hit the mark time after time.
With both women struggling to work through their grief, the suspense plot took a back burner for me. I wasn’t concerned so much about who was responsible when things started going sideways for Aggie. Instead, I wanted to see how the characters would finally work through their problems.
Occasionally, Aggie felt a bit over the top, but as everyone deals with grief in a different way, I can’t judge that against her character.
The setting, pacing, and plot worked well together to draw the story full circle and into a solid conclusion. Beautifully written, in traditional Jaime Jo Wright style, Echoes Among the Stones was a page-turner from the get go.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.