Book Review: Echoes by: Laura Tisdall

Publisher: Tizl Press

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: “There is truth to be shared. Let us begin…”

Volatile mathematical genius Mallory Park is living two lives. In one, she is balancing senior year with looking after her little brother and troubled ex-Marine father; in the other, she spends her nights glued to her laptop, breaking into some of the world’s most secure systems as the hacker Echo Six.

As part of a corruption-exposing cyber network called the Forum, Mallory is far more at ease among the codes and hidden identities of her online world than she has ever been in the real one, but when other hackers start to go missing, she finds herself caught up in a web of secrets that could have repercussions far beyond both.

When anyone can be a name on a screen, how do you know who to trust?

Review: Mallory Park is a sixteen-year-old girl suffering from haphephobia (fear of touch), while taking care of her little brother, Jed, and her father, Roger, who is a Marine veteran with PTSD. Mallory’s mom left a long time ago, but Mallory has learned to step up and keep her family together. Echo Six is an elite level hacker, part of The Forum – a group of gray hat hackers who expose corruption and corporate greed. Echo Six’s family is Warden, another hacker, and The Asker, who runs The Forum. What the world doesn’t know is that Mallory is Echo Six. Now hackers are disappearing and the threat of a supervirus able to strip away all security has Echo Six coming out of cyberspace. The characters in ECHOES are highly detailed and amazingly unique. I loved Mallory/Echo Six – she was no nonsense in a way to cope with her uncertain home life. Warden is Echo Six’s best friend, a sweet and super-smart boy, who comes to her aid when she needs it most. ECHOES is a well-written and brilliant thriller!

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