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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Cloak of Echoes is a short story by C.K. Dawn, and is the second book in the Netherwalker series. Rachel Kincaid watches while her newborn baby, Emma, sleeps soundly as she writes her daughter a letter. Wishing things could be different, Rachel is startled when lightning strikes not far from her home, but her fear quickly dwindles when Emma wakes, sensing her mother’s angst. Fast forward seventeen years: Emma wakes from a nightmare and hurries off to school, trying to avoid the people around her. As an empath, she finds her father’s emotions to be the most distressing since her mother’s recent untimely death. Rachel’s letter had been handed to Emma on her seventeenth birthday, but remains on her desk, unopened. When new student, Mattox Daniels, transfers to her school, she is puzzled by the fact that she cannot read his thoughts or emotions. Popular with all of the other students, Mattox tries to win Emma’s affections, but she keeps him at arm’s length, hoping to first figure out the handsome enigma’s secret, including if Emma’s inability to read him means he is linked to the evil shadow that haunts her.
This story definitely pulled at my heartstrings, with every emotion felt within these pages. C.K. Dawn has mastered the art of presenting a short story filled with mystery, sorrow, intrigue, love and laughter, as well as an underlying evil presence which needs to be solved. Cloak of Echoes created more and more questions about Mattox with every single page, keeping me engrossed and wanting to read more. The main characters are quite likeable and the depth and background of both kept my curiosity piqued until the very end. I recommend this book for those who love a good mystery, paired with a slab of the supernatural.