He longs for heaven...and for revenge.
Jessica Roman-Dell, a paranormal investigator from small-town Ohio, wants to find a ghost to prove that life continues after death. Little does Jessica realize the danger she’ll face when the spirit of a murder victim named Jerry Madison follows her home from a graveyard one night and refuses to leave.
Jerry says he is lonely. He wishes to go to heaven because watching the world pass by without him is more unbearable than death itself. But Jerry is there for another reason that will hit closer to home than Jessica ever could have imagined.
For Jerry is not as innocent as Jessica thinks. Like his murderers, he, too, has killed—and he will stop at nothing to send those responsible for his death to the grave.
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I was familiar with J.S. Bailey's rather amazing short stories and have excitedly featured her on my blog in the past. She's quite the talent. This is the first full-length novel I've read by her (though I'm ordering her The Land Beyond The Portal as soon as this thing posts) and I have to say, as good as her shorts are, when given a chance to tell a full length tale she really rocks it. I might add, I suspected so all along-- especially after reading her short, "Vapors". Rage's Echo is a ghost story, but without spoiling it for you, let's just say, it is SO much more. This isn't just some average girl meets a ghost tale. In fact, if you're expecting a sheet-clad specter that causes a few doors to close in order to scare the living... well you better hang on to your drawers, because you're in for a thrilling and chilling awakening! The characters are so well-written that you form a friendship with them quickly. You have a genuine interest in their lives and you find yourself feeling as if you can just hop on Facebook and ask Jessica how the ghost hunting is going. You really forget this is a work of fiction. These characters are real. That's what I love about them most. They are just like your real-life friends and neighbors. The setting is excellently described so that you feel as if you have visited your new friends at least once. The pace is spot on. Turning page after page and reading nearly the whole thing in one sitting is a distinct possibility here. Spooky? Yes, oh yes. Bailey spins a full on spine-tingling, hair-on-end, check to be sure you locked the door (and then quake in your shoes when you remember that ghosts don't use doors)kind of story. It's very subtle at times... sneaking up on you. You don't realize how terrifying something she's crafted in her tale is until it's after midnight, the lights are all out, and you find yourself hoping you don't bump into a boxer-clad stranger in your darkened hallway as you hurry off to bed... only to lie awake listening for things that go bump in the night. Definitely, there is a creep factor to this ghost story. It's perfectly done with just right shivers that keep you sleeping with one eye open... assuming you can sleep at all. The ending. BAM. Yes, that's all I'm going to tell you. I like a good story, but I truly adore a satisfying ending. Your adrenaline rises as the tale progresses and by the time you finish this one off, you'll be wore slap out... in a good way. If you are looking for a good book to read before bedtime, I hope you are a night owl. This one keeps you up all night thanks to J.S. Bailey's story telling prowess and the delicious dose of spook factor. You might rather read it by daylight. Unless, like me, you just enjoy staying up all night looking for unexpected house guests. P.S. There is a moral to this story that we can all relate to... one that you will find yourself addressing by the final pages, if you haven't already. Final note: I wanted to add a little note for those of you that are as ocd about typos as I am. I didn't see any. Not a single typo. She's a smart writer, it shines in her work, but the whole thing was very well edited and put together. It's rare to find a book these days that doesn't make your grammar Nazi senses tingle. Shout out to her editor or editing team- whichever the case might be.
I've never been into ghost stories, so this book was a bit of a gamble for me. I'd read a short story by this author before that I really enjoyed, so I looked forward to this book. What I felt like this book really had going for it was the sense of the unexpected. As far as plot movement, it never disappointed. The characters felt like real people. They are working the same kind of jobs that everyday people work, dealing with the same issues as everyone else. In that aspect, I really liked the characters. The ghost, Jerry Madison, was sufficiently creepy while surprisingly human. While I didn't connect with him, that's a good thing. I did like the main character, and felt that even the supporting characters developed in ways of their own. Bailey doesn't hesitate to make her characters desperate or unusual, which really helped with the forward momentum. I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming, which made the ending go really fast. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that some of the conversations took awhile to take off. Not too long, that I lost interest in reading, but it felt very much like a stream-of-consciousness small-talk narrative on occasions that I wondered about. Great read. I'm recommending this to several friends. I also plan to read more of the author's work in the future.
rating is 3.5 My endorsement for this book: Rage’s Echo is not just for horror fans, but for anyone who ever wondered about the implications and manifestations of unforgiveness turned into an obsession. The mystery, intrigue and heart pounding moments illustrate that J.S. Bailey has the ability to pull the reader in and keep their full attention until ALL has been revealed. One woman hunts for ghosts looking for answers about an afterlife, but receives so much more than she expects to find resulting in redemption. Please do not read this book before bedtime, but do be prepared to see the spiritual realm in a whole new way. Rage’s Echo is more than just a creepy story; its characters experience fear, friendship and romance as well. J.S. Bailey shows talent equal to Ted Dekker and Dean Koontz; I look forward to reading her books for years to come! My Comments I was honored to write the above endorsement for this author even though Rage’s Echo is not my favorite Bailey book. I truly enjoyed The Land Beyond the Portal and Vapors, but Rage’s Echo is just as powerful of a message as those titles are. J.S. Bailey has mad, crazy talent when it comes to storytelling and Rage’s Echo is further proof of her skills. Not only does Bailey have an amazing heart and a great sense of humor, but her imagination easily takes her readers to a whole new level. Maybe if I keep bugging this awesome author, she one day might consider writing another Land Beyond the Portal or a spin off of that story ¿ This story strongly reminded me of the movie, The Sixth Sense, with Bruce Willis. There’s nothing similar between Jerry and Bruce’s character, but both stories are creepy with great characters that grab your attention from the very beginning. When Jessica decides to go ghost hunting, she never expects to actually meet a ghost! However, she meets one lonely and determined entity. Unfortunately, Jerry is also quite bitter, moody, and opinionated. Once he follows Jessica home, he won’t let up and he won’t leave. The more Jessica tries to figure out how to get him to the next level of eternity the more he refuses to cooperate. Will Jessica be able to save her friends and family from Jerry before it’s too late? Once Jerry realizes Jessica is talking to him, he’s amazed that she can see him and decides to take advantage of his lonely existence. Jerry was murdered, but he longs for heaven and peace. So far, he hasn’t been able to achieve either and God doesn’t seem to hear his prayers so why bother believing when he’s stuck in this world? Is it too much to hope that Jessica is an answer to prayer? Regardless, Jerry makes himself comfortable in her life and is constantly tortured by his past memories. “The only thing I’m capable of is watching the world move on without me. I’m sure you can’t imagine what it’s like to sit here day after day without companionship, knowing that all the suffering you’ve endured is payment for what you did and that you’ve lost all your opportunities for redemption ages ago.” He spread his arms wide. “See all this? This has been my universe for more years than I care to count. I’ve seen nothing else of the world since I was taken here. Sure, I could have left at any time I chose, but where could I have gone? Heaven?” He laughed. “Don’t give me that look. You know exactly what I’m talking about.” Unforgiveness = destruction to body and spirit Forgiveness = peace and freedom I recommend this book for those who like creepy, thrilling stories with unexpected twists, great characters, one weird family reunion, humor, page turners that grab your full attention and ultimately forgiveness. This book also refers to holy water, the prayer rosary, faith, and the will of God. This story is not for the faint of heart, but readers will see the afterlife in a whole new way! There is also minor gore, some horrific descriptions of a violent murder, digging up of someone’s remains, and other violent moments in the story. Evil is difficult to destroy, but it can be defeated and watching good overcome always makes a great story. I want to thank the author for the review copy provided. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.