Reviewed by for Reader Views (09/10)
The mystery begins when Kate Waters is notified that her sister Jev died in a car accident. Strange things begin happening. Kate has both visitations and visions from the otherworld. She finds a mysterious key hidden in her sister's belongings. Suspicion is raised about whether or not Jev's death was really an accident. At this point, Kate's life is thrown into turmoil and she has no idea who she can trust. Unfortunately, she has reasons to suspect everyone that is close to her. This includes her boyfriend and her co-worker who was dating Jev. Kate soon realizes her own life in danger.
When Kate finds items used for witchcraft in her sister's belongings, she is shocked because she had no idea that Jev was a practicing witch. She also learns that Jev was attempting to perform a binding spell to protect her from an evil person. Who is this person? Kate is not sure if it is someone close to her, or one of Jev's witchy friends. As more deaths occur that are linked to the investigation, the paranormal activity increases in Kate's home. Trying to find a link between Jev's death, the key, and the unexplained occurrences has Kate scrambling for answers.
"Grave Echoes" is the perfect modern gothic tale. My arms were covered with goosebumps through most of the story. How the key and the apparitions are involved with the mystery surrounding Jev's death makes for a great paranormal story. The author, Erin Cole, truly has a gift for writing suspense. Her suspicious characters and eerily descriptive paranormal happenings in both Kate's house and the cemetery had me hooked. I highly, highly recommend "Grave Echoes" and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Kate Waters Mystery series.