Blood Echo (Burning Girl, #2)
A conspiracy that promises bloodshed and the only woman who can stop it collide in the page-turning thriller by Christopher Rice, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Bone Music.Kidnapped and raised by serial killers, Charlotte Rowe suffered an ordeal that made her infamous. Everyone in the world knew who she was. But no one in the world has any idea what she’s become…Charlotte is an experiment. And a weapon. Enabled by a superpower drug, she’s partnered with a shadowy pharmaceutical company to hunt down and eliminate society’s most depraved human predators. But her latest mission goes off the rails in a horrifying way. Unsettled by her own capacity for violence, Charlotte wants some time to retreat so she can work on her new relationship with Luke, a sheriff’s deputy in the isolated Central California town she now calls home.If only the threats hadn’t followed Charlotte there.Something sinister is evolving in Altamira, California—a massive network of domestic terrorists with ties to Charlotte’s influential and corrupt employers. As a vast and explosive criminal conspiracy grows, the fate of Charlotte’s hometown hangs in the balance. With everyone she cares about in danger, Charlotte has no choice but to bring her powers home.Charlotte Rowe has been triggered, and now she’ll have to take matters into her own powerful hands.

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ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
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Blood Echo (Burning Girl, #2) Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Earlier this year, I had begun to grow weary from consuming thriller after thriller after thriller. Each action packed novel I picked up seemed less exciting and more "been there, done that, and got the t-shirt". Had I just devoured my lifetime fill of novels in that genre? Turns out, the answer is no, I just needed someone as clever is Christopher Rice to churn out a new genre bending series to re-ignite my flame for all the things that get my heart racing. A little backstory in case you're new Earlier this year, I had begun to grow weary from consuming thriller after thriller after thriller. Each action packed novel I picked up seemed less exciting and more "been there, done that, and got the t-shirt". Had I just devoured my lifetime fill of novels in that genre? Turns out, the answer is no, I just needed someone as clever is Christopher Rice to churn out a new genre bending series to re-ignite my flame for all the things that get my heart racing. A little backstory in case you're new to these books... 1) This is book #2 in the Burning Girl series, and these books NEED to be read in order. This isn't a case of "I can read these for the varying individual plot lines and fill in character development along the way"; each book builds on the previous and it is vital that you read them in order to understand and fully appreciate the dynamics between the characters, the plot, and how it's all connected up to this point. 2) These books aren't you're typical straightforward thrillers; they do have mild sci-fi aspects, so if you're looking for a realistic, traditional thriller, this is not for you. Now, onto the good stuff!Blood Echo takes place shortly after the events of Bone Music wrap up; Charlotte has really come into her own working for Cole and her personal life appears to be the most normal it's ever been, but of course appearances are deceiving and things don't stay that way for long. After we get an exciting view at her latest case and some unexpected twists during the finale, we jump ship to see how her boyfriend/local police officer Luke is doing. A strange case lands on his desk and, after being blocked from all angles, he realizes it might be something larger than a simple domestic violence charge. Along the way, we find that both Charlotte's endeavors and Luke's case are connected, and what follows is a slow building suspense that leads into a bang up ending that still has me shook.I really don't want to say too much, especially since this is a sequel, but I think it's safe to say that if you loved Bone Music you'll really enjoy Blood Echo as well. The pacing and format of storytelling was a huge change up from the previous novel, but I found this to be a really good thing, as it kept me on my toes. And that ending.... WOW! Dennis and I have been chatting about it all afternoon and we've both agreed that we need book #3 now! Guess we're in for a long wait, but I'm ecstatic to have something so delectable to look forward to! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley>
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite novels this year was Christopher Rice's Bone Music. I fell in love with the story, the characters, and the realistic vibes of the supernatural that I've never seen before. This review will not be about Bone Music, but I just needed to make that disclaimer before I move on. If you haven't picked up Bone Music yet, do not read Blood Echo . Blood Echo picks up right where we've left off. Charlotte (aka Charley—sometimes I will go back and forth with the naming of this character One of my favorite novels this year was Christopher Rice's Bone Music. I fell in love with the story, the characters, and the realistic vibes of the supernatural that I've never seen before. This review will not be about Bone Music, but I just needed to make that disclaimer before I move on. If you haven't picked up Bone Music yet, do not read Blood Echo . Blood Echo picks up right where we've left off. Charlotte (aka Charley—sometimes I will go back and forth with the naming of this character, because I'm lazy) has aligned herself with Cole and his pharmaceutical company in hopes to continue working with them on her Zypraxon-induced abilities. Zypraxon is a drug that has been created by Cole's company that has allowed Charley to gain superhuman strength and regenerative properties. Charley is the only person that this drug has ever worked for, and will continue to use it in hopes of creating a better society. Charley will team up with Cole, using Zypraxon, and preemptively strike serial killers and criminals before they attack. With one serial killer already taken into custody, the team decides to go after more. As Charley and Cole continue with their experiments, the town that Charley and her boyfriend Luke call home—Altamira, California, has a problem of their own. When one of the richest developers in town's girlfriend comes to Luke's precinct to report criminal activity, Luke only scratches the surface of what's at stake here. Altamira needs Charlotte, and Charlotte needs Altamira. Will Cole allow Charlotte to pause on her experiments, in order to protect her home? Blood Echo is rather different than it's predecessor, but still just as intoxicating. This time around, the story is more character driven than ever before. In fact, this time around, Cole takes the center stage. Blood Echo is more about Cole and his characterization, rather than any of the other characters. We do a deep dive into Cole's perspective, which is refreshing because we didn't get too much into detail about his life in Bone Music. Although I gave this story five stars, that does not mean that this novel isn't flawed. The first part of Blood Echo is astounding! Like hold onto your weaves, bitches, because we are moving fast! However, the second part changes course, and it's pacing dramatically. It really caught me off guard, but it sets the stage for the bigger, more important action in part three. Don't let frustrate you or put you off about continuing the story. The final 25% of the book reigns supreme, and really sets the series up for an unbelievable storyline. PS Christopher Rice, if you're reading this... I want more Dylan! Go into this book, and do not hold it up against Bone Music, because this story is more transitional than the first, but equally just as important to read if you're interested in continuing with the series. Thank you Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Blood Echo will be released on February 19, 2019.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Blood Echo by Christopher Rice was a very fast paced moving story that keeps you on your toes!!The plot involves a corrupt pharmaceutical company that has been involved in some shoddy shenanigans. So many drugs that are being experimented with that are insane!! Charlotte was the result of one of their experiments which gave her superhuman powers of strength and regenerating wounds. There is a serial killer around the town that needs to be stopped along with tons of other action. Although, since Blood Echo by Christopher Rice was a very fast paced moving story that keeps you on your toes!!The plot involves a corrupt pharmaceutical company that has been involved in some shoddy shenanigans. So many drugs that are being experimented with that are insane!! Charlotte was the result of one of their experiments which gave her superhuman powers of strength and regenerating wounds. There is a serial killer around the town that needs to be stopped along with tons of other action. Although, since I didn't read the first in the series... it was a tad bit hard for me to follow. So, I felt I was a bit of disadvantage with this. I was confused on some characters/references in the book that I assume were from book one. I felt like there was a TON of stuff going on in this book which caused my attention to sway in and out. I think sometimes authors put too much meat in the plot... which causes the story to fall flat for me. I don't know if reading the first in the series would have changed my mind with this? Overall, this was a mediocre read for me and I'm not sure if I will go back and read the first in the series. 3 stars Huge thank you to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Publication date: 2/19/19Published to GR: 11/15/18
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this fast paced techno-thriller. The plot moves quickly and involves a shadowy, ethically corrupt pharmaceutical company. It is experimenting with some futuristic drugs, going far beyond ones which will alleviate illness. Some of its other projects seem objectionable. Charlotte is the heroine and the result of one of their experiments gave her superhuman strength when she is feeling fear and also the power to regenerate wounds. There is also a seri Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this fast paced techno-thriller. The plot moves quickly and involves a shadowy, ethically corrupt pharmaceutical company. It is experimenting with some futuristic drugs, going far beyond ones which will alleviate illness. Some of its other projects seem objectionable. Charlotte is the heroine and the result of one of their experiments gave her superhuman strength when she is feeling fear and also the power to regenerate wounds. There is also a serial killer to be stopped, and a fanatical band of domestic terrorists that are endangering the town and surroundings. The plot was filled with non-stop high octane excitement. However, since I hadn’t read the first book in the series I felt at an disadvantage. Characters and events from the first book were mentioned, but I felt there were gaps in my knowledge which prevented me from having a more enjoyable read. This was particularly true of Charlotte’s horrific early background and what led her to undergo the experiments which made her so powerful. I wanted to know how she met Luke, now a deputy sheriff in a small, isolated town. Charlotte would like to retreat there as some of her violent assignments have preyed on her conscience, but she is also tied to the company which made her superhuman. I also found the large cast containing so many characters and names rather confusing. I plan to read the first book in the Burning Girl series which preceded Blood Echo. I liked Charlotte and Luke and hope there will be a third book in the series, but maybe without such an abundance of characters to keep straight in my mind.
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  • Ebony
    January 1, 1970
    You definitely need to have read the first book in this series “Bone Music” in order to truly understand the characters and the back story in “Blood Echo”.This book opens a few months after the end of book 1. Charley is attempting to have some type of a normal life with Luke and the rest of her rag-tag family, while also working with Cole and his pharmaceutical company to use her new powers for good. But it’s turns out harder than Charley thought to be a “superhero” and a normal girl, especially You definitely need to have read the first book in this series “Bone Music” in order to truly understand the characters and the back story in “Blood Echo”.This book opens a few months after the end of book 1. Charley is attempting to have some type of a normal life with Luke and the rest of her rag-tag family, while also working with Cole and his pharmaceutical company to use her new powers for good. But it’s turns out harder than Charley thought to be a “superhero” and a normal girl, especially as she keeps wondering if her upbringing with serial killer parents makes her normal at all.I don’t want to give too much away with my review, but if you liked book 1 you will absolutely love book 2. And then end up like me waiting eagerly for book 3 in Charley’s adventure. This is a great action packed thriller with a touch of the supernatural. A great read.** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ARC provided by NetGalley**
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    You may know her name but do you know what she's become?Charlotte was raised by kidnappers and serial killers and now she's up against a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone around her.Charlotte is a weapon, a powerful experiment, under direction of a major drug pharmaceutical company that seeks to eliminate the worst predators on the planet.Charlotte was chased to California under threats of harm and now she simply wants to be in the arms of Luke the town's sheriff deputy.This town a You may know her name but do you know what she's become?Charlotte was raised by kidnappers and serial killers and now she's up against a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone around her.Charlotte is a weapon, a powerful experiment, under direction of a major drug pharmaceutical company that seeks to eliminate the worst predators on the planet.Charlotte was chased to California under threats of harm and now she simply wants to be in the arms of Luke the town's sheriff deputy.This town ain't big enough for everyone as the terrorists have taken up shop and have gone underground in a ring of conspiracy.Charlotte must bring her powers home before it's too late.An amazing read.Thank you to Christopher Rice, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.A powerful ride all the way to the end.
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  • Torie
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to get an advanced copy of this book. I loved Bone Music.Charlotte Rowe was raised by serial killers and was given medicine to help her track down killers. There were so many question after the first book. Would there be effects from the medicine she was given after taking it a few times? What would happen with her relationship with Luke? This book did not disappoint! Christopher Rice did an excellent job with this follow up to Bone Music. Cannot wait to read more of his work
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  • Geri
    January 1, 1970
    Courtesy of Netgalley......I read the first book a few months ago and really liked it. I looked forward to the follow up. This was a great read. The POV changes from Charlie to Luke to Cole and then occasionally to a killer. This book gave a bigger portion to Cole. It gives further background on his story and where his loyalties lie?Charlie.... all I can say is that she reminds me of she-hulk but still in control of her state of mind. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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  • Sue Blanchard
    January 1, 1970
    Thankyou to NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer and the author, Christopher Rice, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of Blood Echo in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. I thought the storyline was well thought out and written. I found myself immersed into the story, a feeling that I love. I found the characters engaging. Will definitely be reading more from this author. Well worth a read for fans of the genre.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing read. I was hooked since the first pages and couldn't put it down.It's engaging,entertaining and thrilling.I loved the well developed characters and the plot.I will surely read the previous book in this series and look forward to reading another one by this author.Highly recommended!Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Blood Echo by Christopher Rice is the 2nd book in the Burning Girl Series and I would definitely read the 1st book Bone Music before reading the 2nd as it makes it easier having some of the background of Charlie and what went on in her childhood and led up to where this book is. That being said, Blood Echo is a highly fueled read , I had a hard time putting this down in order to get daily chores done! I like Charlotte (Charlie) and Luke's characters they are fleshed out and likeable, Cole i am s Blood Echo by Christopher Rice is the 2nd book in the Burning Girl Series and I would definitely read the 1st book Bone Music before reading the 2nd as it makes it easier having some of the background of Charlie and what went on in her childhood and led up to where this book is. That being said, Blood Echo is a highly fueled read , I had a hard time putting this down in order to get daily chores done! I like Charlotte (Charlie) and Luke's characters they are fleshed out and likeable, Cole i am still trying to figure out his intentions for the long run, a lot of action and ass kicking goes on to some very deserving people! Very good read, i am so looking forward to reading more from this author and seeing where this series takes me! Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for allowing me to read this ARC book and give my honest opinion and thank you to Christopher Rice for writing this series!
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