I’m not sure why I keep torturing myself by buying all the new V.C. Andrews releases. I keep holding out hope that Andrew Neiderman, the ghostwriter for Andrews, will return to writing actually GOOD stories but so far that hasn’t happened. Echoes in the Walls is the sequel to House of Secrets and just as terrible. I’ll get more into my thoughts after the synopsis. There will be spoilers.
Fern and her mother have lived as servants in Wyndemere House, the old gothic mansion of the Davenport family, for as long as she can remember. And her friendship with Dr. Davenport’s son Ryder was never a problem…until they came of age.
As cruel forces try to come between Fern and Ryder, what really holds the biggest threat to their happiness is the past, and the truths it threatens them with.
To put it simply, this book is a waste of paper. I hated the first book but I purchased this one hoping it would be better. It picks up with our unbelievably boring main character, Fern. Fern is gorgeous, smart, naive and just an all around perfect girl. She’s of course not into social media or anything girls her age are into because she’s just too “old school” for that. She speaks and thinks like a wealthy, blue blooded woman in her 80s. As you can tell, I hate Fern. I’m so sick of the formulaic way Neiderman writes his main female characters. They all have the same “voice” and react the same way no matter the time period they’re supposed to be in. His earlier books under the V.C. Andrews’ name were like this as well but he put MUCH more development into those characters and they are some of my favorites.
The love interest in the book, Dillon, is a wonderful match for our perfect Fern. He’s totally not like other guys *eye roll*. He loves to write poetry, act in school plays, complain about his parents and go to obscure restaurants. That’s basically it. Oh and he’s really good looking, obviously.
Ryder throughout this entire book is dealing with the traumatic head injury he received in the first book. We find out at the end of the book that he basically recovered his memory super fast and now remembers everything, including his almost incestious relaionship with Fern. I’m not totally sure why he didn’t speak up and tell his family that but who am I to question this literary masterpiece?
This whole book is just boring and is about the same worn out topics every Andrews’ book is about. The incest theme is just so tired. The same goes for these pathetic female main characters. I don’t mind the campy, over dramatic, Lifetime movie-esque storylines BUT I want them to be well written with good characters.
I have been reading and loving V.C. Andrews’ books for over ten years. Andrew Neiderman has written the majority of those books because Andrews has been dead for a very long time. I KNOW that Neiderman can do the Andrews’ name justice and write really good books, that’s why his newest ones are so disappointing to me. I strongly feel he’s burnt out on writing these overly dramatic teen dramas but I wish he would quit instead of pushing out trash two or three times a year. There is going to be a third book in this series and I highly doubt I’ll review it, but there’s always a chance. I would love to know your thoughts about this book or V.C. Andrews’ books in general! Thanks for reading and have a great day!