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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
The End of Echoes by Dawn Hosmer is an audiobook that is psychologically rich and disturbing on different levels as it follows two families through dramatic and sad events, ranging from painful marriage, abuse, violence, trauma, and loss. Ruby Dunkin isn’t happy with her abusive husband who even hurts her two children. Then tragedy happens when Billy, her eldest son, tears himself away from everything to become the reflection of the one thing he hates the most; his father. Another tragedy hits Chelsea Wyatt’s family when she disappears one night after work. The fate of this senior high school girl affects the lives of friends, neighbors, and family members in many ways. This is a story of how tragedy binds two families.
The opening is an explosive one with a father slamming the door and shutting out the sound of his nagging wife and a crying baby. He’s been drinking whiskey while reading letters from his father, and each letter makes him feel worse than the one before. Words from his father’s letters have a unique and dramatic impact on the character. The writing is wonderful and the narrative voice is strong and absorbing, told in the first-person narrative, and following different points of view.
Dawn Hosmer has a unique gift for descriptive prose and I enjoyed the life flowing through the writing and how the emotions are conveyed through the voice of the narrator, Marnye Young. The End of Echoes is beautifully narrated and the clear voice of performer Marnye Young mimics the changes in the emotional states of the characters and allows the silences to hit the audience as needed. The audio is clear and the narration very professional. Dawn Hosmer’s story is so real and emotionally unsettling, yet so gripping, that readers will find it hard to put this down. It is a great companion for a long drive.