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Brendan Duffy

Autor(a) de House of Echoes

10+ Works 402 Membros 60 Críticas

Obras por Brendan Duffy

House of Echoes (2015) 274 exemplares, 47 críticas
The Storm King (2018) 118 exemplares, 13 críticas
Louder Echo 2 exemplares
Get Pookie 1 exemplar
Rent 1 exemplar
Come to Daddy 1 exemplar
The Lamb 1 exemplar
The Last Supper 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume 1 (2002) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Agog! Fantastic Fiction (2002) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Agog! Smashing Stories (2004) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Agog! Terrific Tales (2003) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Agog! Ripping Reads (2006) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum




This was amazing! Can’t wait for more.
aefsargent | 12 outras críticas | Feb 6, 2024 |
Grabbed me 1/3 of the way in. Then I couldn't put it down! Great read - can't wait to get The Storm King.
aefsargent | 46 outras críticas | Feb 6, 2024 |
Ben Tierney's grandmother has died and left him and his brother the old family house and the land that belongs to it. He learns that the Croft, the family Swann's old home is for sale while being there and inspecting the old family house. Ben and Caroline, his wife, feels like that would be the perfect place to start over since they had a rough year. They move to the Croft and start to renovate the house to make it into an inn. Charlie and Bub, their children, seem to love the place and Charlie their older boy especially seems to love to roam the woods. But strange things are happening, dead animals are left around the house and outside the door and Charlie feels that someone is watching them from the woods.

House of Echoes is not a book for those that can't stand a story that takes its time to get to the action. Sometimes slow buildup works and sometimes it doesn't and I think the slow buildup worked quite well, for the most part, even though even I felt sometimes that I wanted to get to the point.

But what I really liked about this book is despite how normal everything seems and how lovely the Crofts and the close town Swannhaven seem to be, you just know that something is wrong. You just don't know what it is, but there seems to be some big secret the people in the village have. You get some clues in the letters that are alternating the chapters from the 1800 century during the terrible Winter siege when Swannhaven was attacked by Indians and the people starved.

I was quickly pulled into the story, I have a weakness for books with families moving to an old house with a history, and the Crofts sure has been true a lot since it was built in the 1800 century. The two sisters that were the last Swann's died two years prior and Ben and Caroline are the first to live in the house that is not of the family. And at first, everything is just fine, but slowly, slowly things start to happen until the very end when everything is revealed. The ending is really no big surprise, I mean there are clues throughout the book that there is something very wrong. I admit that it felt sometimes like it took some time to get somewhere despite how well-written the book was. I did enjoy the story, but I felt sometimes a bit impatient and it never got truly thrilling though it got a bit intense towards the end. I think I actually was most worried about the dog Hudson throughout the book. Animals in books like this have a tendency to perish.

I'm impressed with this debut book by Brendan Duffy and will without a doubt read more from him.

Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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MaraBlaise | 46 outras críticas | Feb 26, 2023 |
I read Brendan Duffy's debut novel House of Echoes when it was published and blow away. It was such a fabulous story and I couldn't wait to read The Storm King to see if that book would be as good.

The Storm King is about repercussions and consequences. How ones youthful acts can have consequences years later. Nate lost his family when he was young and he and his friends took out their anger on the people that they thought deserved it. He never reflected on what the consequences would be. Not until twelve years later when a body is found and he has to return back to his hometown to see the effect of his action all those years ago.

I found The Storm King to not really grab me the way House of Echoes did. Don't take me wrong, the writing is good and the story is good. It's just not mind-blowing good. There is just not much suspense in the story and I cared very little for the characters. The best part is when Nate sees the bigger picture, how everything is connected. Also, the final confrontation at the end was good.

The Storm King is a book that I wanted to love, but in the end, its story just didn't truly appeal to me. It's a case of good writing, but with a story that just didn't rock my boat.

I want to thank Ballantine Books for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!
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MaraBlaise | 12 outras críticas | Jul 23, 2022 |



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