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Das Echo

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,304 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Es ist schon seltsam, dass in der Garage der wohlhabenden Architektin Amanda Powell eines Tages ein Stadtstreicher tot aufgefunden wird. Noch seltsamer ist aber, dass Amanda die Bestattungskosten für den Unbekannten übernimmt. Das findet zumindest der Journalist Michael Deacon. Amanda und ihre mysteriöse Geschichte faszinieren ihn so sehr, dass er Nachforschungen anstellt....more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published 1999 by Goldmann (first published January 1st 1997)
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Celia Powell
I have no idea why this book is called The Echo - perhaps I'm terribly dense and missed that part. A mystery centred around the death of a homeless man, and why he chose to starve to death in a certain woman's garage, it is well written but rather confusing - I found myself backtracking occasionally, trying to figure out what was going on as more and more elements of the mystery were revealed. I still have no idea who the woman in South Africa was, but I was too sick of figuring things out to wo...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I found this to be interesting, but rather convoluted. A homeless man was found in a rich woman's house, dead from starvation while lying beside a full freezer. The woman seems to have no connection to the man, but a series of connections appear as the plot winds on. Some of the characters are engaging and well drawn, but others never quite develop and the reader has to keep flipping back to the front of the book to identify them. There are elements in the plot which are really good, especially...more
Mark
Another crime novel from the prolific pen of Minette Walters. A fascinating tale of disappearances, murders (plural), and suicides, with a varied cast that runs the social gamut from multi-millionaire business men to street people. The death of a homeless man in the garage of a well-heeled woman attracts the interest of a newspaper man looking for an angle on a story about homelessness. The derelict bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman's husband, who had disappeared under mysterious circums...more
Susan Oleksiw
Amanda Powell, a woman apparently abandoned by her husband after his embezzlement of millions of pounds, finds a derelict dead from starvation in her garage. Known as Billy Blake to the police, the derelict is a fixture among the homeless. A journalist, Michael Deacon, investigates as part of a story he's working on about the homeless, but his interest is piqued when he learns that Mrs. Powell pays for the man's cremation and is trying to learn more about him. Deacon's own investigations lead hi...more
Jaime Dick
The book began well, but became confusing as the story went on. I felt like the tie between Billy and Amanda was leak at best...I understand they were both murderers but really what was the point? And I also wondered who the mysterious woman was and had to actually google it to figure it out. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I have another one in my stack to read. Hopefully it will be better than this one.
Renee
Not my favorite Minette Walters, but a goo dstory none-the-less.
Faith Mortimer
The first 100 pages were a good read, then the next 200 and I was becoming a little confused. I found the whole story very convoluted and extremely far-fetched. If I read a book in which I have to keep going back to the first few pages to check up on things then it is a no-no. Confusing, contrived and who the hell was the woman in South Africa?

Sorry not a patch on some of her other work.
Sarah
This is my second Walters book and while I enjoyed it, I found the conclusion a bit confusing and far fetched. Yes, I realize this is fiction but the reason for Verity's suicide made no sense to me and Peters need of redemption even less sense. I will be reading more of her books though.
Carla Faleiro
Não me encheu as medidas... achei um pouco confuso, muitas voltas e o personagem princupal pouco interessante.
Hyrum
If I had started reading the book rather than listening to the audio version, I would have stopped reading before getting half-way. Nothing happens in this book, except a reporter goes around and talks to people about past events.

Are most mystery novels as boring as this book? I don't think so.

At the end, the main character starts reminiscing on his thoughts about society and redemption and hell and gods and the readers voice has such a thick British accent, he gives the impression of it being r...more
Elena
INTERVIEW WITH MINETTE WALTERS

Published in Knizhnaya Vitrina in November 2005


Elena Dedukhina: Starting as a romantic editor and a novelist, but eventually finding your own style in writing crime stories. 11 by now. What if one day you’ll display a different flow of your imagination and we discover Minette Walters under some nom de guerre (like Agatha Christie under the name of Mary Westmacott) writing, let’s say, historic novels or biography, documentary or something else – is it possible at al...more
Sam Woodfield
After a recommendation from a friend, this is the firdt Minette Walters book I have read but I think this is the start of many more to come.
'The Echo' follows a small time journalist, Michael Deacon, as he looks into the issue of homelessness for the political paper he writes for. When looking at the death of a homeless man, who died of starvation in a local womans garage, Deacon uncovers more than he bargained for, and solves the mystery of the disappearance of two missing men from many years a...more
Roderick Hart
A homeless man, Billy Blake, dies of starvation in the garage of a wealthy architect, Amanda Powell. The location could have been an accident but a journalist, Michael Deacon, wonders if there was more to it than that. He sets about trying to figure out a) what lead to Blake’s death b) and what lead to it in that particular location. While researching his life as a vagrant, Deacon meets a young boy of fourteen who knew him better than anyone else in the months before he died. He eventually succe...more
Johnsergeant
Listened to the audiobook from Recorded Books

Narrated By: Simon Prebble

Best-selling author Minette Walters captivates mystery aficionados throughout the world with her evocative, multi-layered novels, which have been translated into 22 languages. In The Echo she spins a finely-wrought web of secrets and betrayals, love and guilt that entangles everyone who touches it. A homeless man has been found dead of starvation—huddled next to a food-filled freezer—in a London socialite’s garage. When journ...more
Kim
I usually love Minette Walters - but this one i found difficult to enjoy. I though the plot too convoluted and even occasionally muddled. I read lots of crime fiction but found this one over-populated and filled with too many coincidences.

It's hard even to explain what this book is about but essentially it unravles the story behind a homeless man dying in the garage of a seemingly random woman. She is obviously not random and thi sfact takes the whole book to come out.

I liked Micheal Deacon, t...more
Anne
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Toni
The Echo is a good example of the old adage that “old crimes never go unpunished.”

I thoroughly enjoyed The Echo, as much for the story as for the characterizations themselves. Deacon is a character who starts out as a doubtful hero but by the end of the story, I found myself hoping he’d find the peace he was looking for. As for Terry, this was a canny and older-than-his years character whom I definitely wanted to know more about and also what became of him. The youngster gives Deacon advice wis...more
Poshkatt
I have absolutely no idea what this book was about! I couldn't tell you 'whodunit' or even why...wish I'd have ditched it, life's too short to be baffled after 400+ pages going around in circles
Lauriero
What a terrific story! Others have talked about the convoluted nature of the story, but that is what makes Walters' work so much fun to read--or listen to. You have to pay close attention to everything she writes, but all the pieces are there to put it together. It's a brilliant new take on Oedipus, and, while not everything is wrapped up in a neat little package, the main plot points are pretty well explained. I also liked that she made reference to a character from "The Ice House" in this stor...more
Michele Brenton
Very enjoyable. This book reminded me a little bit of some of the better Dick Francis novels albeit much more gritty and with more swearing and references to graphic sexual practices in extremely colourful language of the sort that would not have turned up in Mr Francis' books - not the ones I read at any rate.

I like a book with deeply developed personalities, complex interpersonal relationships and lots of conversation. There were plenty of quotes from the poetry of William Blake which I relish...more
Vickie
The first part of the story was a little bit tangled up for me, the end of the story was a little bit tangled up for me, but the middle part was superb and made up for the tangles on either end.
You have to like British dark suspense with all that that entails of everything having hidden meaning and no one is who they appear to be at any given time. I know I love watching these on BBC America, with all of the visual cues and atmosphere.
My sister's been on me to read Minette's books, so this was...more
Ashley
Not my favorite Minette Walters book. The overlapping plots were just a bit too much and not believable at all. I liked the Billy Blake character a lot and the friendships that get formed later in the novel, but the mystery portion of it was a bit too confusing and then came out with a series of tidy coincidences that kind of left me feeling cheated. The novel is about a couple of missing persons who were related to huge frauds and how their stories resurface when a homeless man is found in a wo...more
JodiP
I read this in 2012. could totally read it again, as per usual I've forgotten many details.
Allie
Had a hard time following who disappeared and why. Good in theory just kind of confusingly executed
Kaethe
an even more ambiguous ending, starts with man in garage
Michelle
This book took pretty much right up to the last 50 pages to finally grab me. There were just too many wild assumptions made through the entire book that I actually had difficulty in following most of the time. Then, when it all finally came together at the end I was left feeling a little deflated.
I seemed to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Mike Deacon. Sometimes, when his personality shined through in a good way he was a really likeable character, but at other times his tendency to b...more
Adrienne
Too convoluted and not quite intriguing enough.
colleendeborah
Sep 12, 2008 colleendeborah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: retired people with nothing to do
Recommended to colleendeborah by: Seattle Public Library - New Book Shelf
Grabs the reader from the beginning. Set in London. One of those good spy novels.


OK. So, the book started out great, but some 200 pages into it, I really stopped caring about the journalist, his lead, and the companions he picked up along the way. By page 300, I was bound to finish the book only because I had invested so much time into it. As in life, if you are watching the clock counting the minutes or reading a book counting the pages, the thrill is simply gone! Move on! This great writer on...more
Carol Waters
When the writer needs to take three pages at the end of her book to tell you how the plot keys came together, I just kinda think, didn't she already have 331 pages to do that? I really hate it when-- "Luke, I am your father"-- the key element is ABSOLUTELY HIDDEN for 331 goddamn pages.
Hester
About forty pages into the book, I thought I knew what I was going to say. Even though the novel is written in third person, we are given insight into the main character's thought processes and they were nasty. I thought that the book consisted of awful people the author disliked. To my surprise, the novel turned out to be about grace and redemption. To prospective readers, I would recommend sticking with the book, even though a couple early passages left a sour taste in my mouth.
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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, which was published in 1992. She followed this with The Sculptress (1993), which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards.

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