Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Land of Echoes (Cree Black, #2)” as Want to Read:
Land of Echoes (Cree Black, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Land of Echoes (Cree Black #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  730 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Second in the Cree Black series (following City of Masks), this paranormal thriller is filled with fascinating elements of Navajo culture and traditional beliefs. Author Daniel Hecht finds a careful narrative balance between family drama, eerie occultism, and scientific examination.

Teenager Tommy Keeday suffers strange and dangerous seizures while a student at a school fo

Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 7th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 1st 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Land of Echoes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Land of Echoes

Tagged by Joseph M. ChironSame Old Truths by Delora DennisThe Reckoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Summoning by Kelley ArmstrongThe Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
I See Dead People
82nd out of 136 books — 109 voters
My Ántonia by Willa CatherThe Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls WilderBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
The Great Plains
103rd out of 158 books — 88 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,136)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 26, 2016 Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...My mother says if you haven't got regrets you haven't lived right. - Cree (Lucretia Black)"

This is what I realized after finishing this novel, this is the second book of Cree Black's adventure which I shouldn't have read before reading the prequel. Although, it might have been a whole different story from the first but, personally, I would prefer reading it by sequence.
Land of Echoes is a visually satisfying and suspense grabbing novel that will glue your eyes on each and every page.
Oct 07, 2008 Kathy rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
The first book in this series was promising, especially the way the author drew me into the setting of the story (New Orleans in that case). I was looking forward to this second book because it takes place in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, a landscape I know better and like a lot. But I almost gave up on it in the first half, which involves some long narratives setting up the back story on each character. The info was necessary to the plot but I wish it had been delivered in a better ...more
Jul 09, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
Setting = excellent: I've never been to the area, but felt as thought I'd been raised there - the imagery is that vivid!

Plot = good: Kind of a combined rating ... the mystery/occult angle was done well, but Julietta's love life was as painful as a Harlequin much of the time. Cree's thoughts veered that way at times, but were largely kept in check so as not to detract from the main story.

Characters = fair: Cree was her usual self, as was Joyce (whose nasal NY accent is a hoot on audio). Edgar wa
Terri Epp
Jan 31, 2009 Terri Epp rated it liked it
I am still in the process of reading this book but will finish it in the next day or so. It is based on a character named Cree Black, who is a renowned psychologist who owns a company that deals in parapsychology which is part of Cree's speciality.

Cree is asked to assist a boy who is showing signs of "possession" at a school for gifted Navajo students. The principal of the school feels she has a connecttion to this boy which brings up her past.

The sub plot involves a mining company. Julieta, the
Aug 28, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it
This was an incredibly gripping and slightly horrifying book. It is a mystery of the paranormal. THe "detective" is someone who works with ghosts. Odd I know. Not usually my thing. But it takes place on the Navaho Indian Reservation, and the story is deep, complex and riveting. The ghost part is very low key and almost beliveable which makes it more scary. Do not read this book before you go to bed. Do not read this book if you live in New Mexico. Reminds me of a camping trip we took when I was ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Teri rated it really liked it
Another great Cree Black novel. I especially enjoyed this one as it was located at an American Indian School so you not only had supernatural forces, but American Indian legends at work as well. I have purchased all of Daniel Hecht's novels. He is an excellent writer and I cannot believe I didn't discover him before.
April Schmidt
Jul 10, 2012 April Schmidt rated it really liked it
Creeepy....Love the New Mexico setting. Something about the Southwest that's so mystical and mysterious. Very well written and descriptive, you feel as if you are right there in the mists of the Navajo land. Perfect read for this time of year!
Jan 15, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Taken from the back of the book. " When Tommy Keeday, a talented student at a boarding school for gifted Navajo teens, is suddenly seized by a bizarre and violent illness, his family believes he is possessed by the hostile spirit of a dead ancestor. In desperation, principal Julieta McCarty calls on paranormal investigator Cree Black for help."

This is book two in the Cree Black series. Writing is better but still lacks a a even flow. To much detail in some places and not enough in others. Story
Connie D
Feb 06, 2016 Connie D rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of Cree Black, parapsychologist, assisting in a potential "possession" of a student in a boarding school in New Mexico. I loved the slowly layered details of each character's personality and history, and the mysteries unraveling. Descriptions of action, place and feeling were all so vivid; sometimes too creepy.

There are times that there was a little too much time spent trying to legitimize Cree's didn't take long to suspend disbelief and wasn't needed. On the ot
Lhizz Browne
Mar 16, 2011 Lhizz Browne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: permanent
Another wonderful installment in the Cree Black series, and I think I liked this even more than the first. This one was less about Cree and her struggle to deal with the death of her husband, although I think she's slowly coming to terms with his loss, her interaction with the spirit world and her own self more. She acts as a white spectator of the world of the Diné/Navajo people, and Hecht's description of modern reservation life comes across as very realistic. He shows a people creating their ...more
May 08, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Second book in the Cree Black series and it was just as good as the first. This story takes place in New Mexico, near the Arizona border where there is a large Navajo reservation. After living in NM for over 20 years, this book took me back to the land of sunshine, mountains, and never-ending vistas. I always enjoy reading a story that has been set in an area I'm familiar with. Mr. Hecht did an excellent job of describing the area, the people, their customs, and their circumstances. The super-na ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Theresa rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to-it
A good book to listen to. This is the second of the "Cree Black Series." Cree is a parapsychologist who deals in hauntings and supernatural occurences, a "ghostbuster" you could say. This adventure was about a young Navaho boy possessed by a spirit. Reading (listening to) this book gave me many insights into Native American culture and life. The role of the healer is not that much different than the role of a psychologist. It is also interesting because at the same time I was listening to this n ...more
May 24, 2016 Jenna rated it it was amazing
2016 Book 28: So good!!! More from the psychotherapist-for-ghosts series. Adding in the mysticism of desert Southwest and Navajo cultures. There was some imagery that resulted in a few nights with the lights on but it served its purpose. Only one more to go in this series. I will be bummed to bid these characters and concepts farewell.
Penny Ramirez
I'm liking this series. It's much more slowly-paced, less frenetic, than most of the supernatural stuff I read, so even though it's paranormal, I feel it's a different take on the subject. Hecht writes very atmospheric, haunting (ha ha) prose. I really felt that I was in New Mexico with this book.

Cree's ability to empathize so fully with her clients draws her into peril - sometimes quite dangerous both to her and the people around her. I liked this ghost story / possession story and how it was w
Mar 31, 2013 Beverly rated it it was amazing
I totally loved Daniel Hecht's Skull Session and I couldn't wait to pick up this book. I did not realize it was 2nd in the series of Cree Black but I did not feel left out by not reading the 1st book first. Cree Black is a parapsychologist who is roped into taking on a case when she feels she is not ready. But she is drawn to Tommy Keeday, a student at a Reservation Boarding School, when she first meets him. He has been afflicted by either some strange psychologist illness or possessed by a ghos ...more
I'm rounding up to three for this one. I liked a lot of this but also felt it could have been tightened up a bit. The ghosty stuff wasn't so well tied together as the previous story. A fun listen, a great audiobook reader with Anna Fields doing the narration.
Jan 15, 2015 Mam rated it liked it
Don't usually pick books with 'para' anything or anyone, but enjoyed para psychologist Cree and his exploration if Navaho customs.
Dec 12, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
I find the Cree Black series really captivating so far. This book was a bit more predictable however it was still intensly thrilling.
Feb 27, 2008 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, owned
This is the second Cree Black mystery. Cree, a parapsychologist, is investigating the possible possession of Tommy Keeday, a Navajo teenager, in New Mexico. Before she can help Tommy, however, Cree must unravel several mysteries and discover the true intentions of the people surrounding Tommy.

This is a good mystery; there's a lot of red herrings, and Hecht makes Cree's psychic talents unpredictable enough that they don't become an easy out. There's a good balance between supernatural elements an
Kat Rocha
Apr 05, 2016 Kat Rocha rated it it was ok
The overall story was good.. but it is becoming clear that the rest of Cree's "team" isn't needed and they are more of a boat anchor to the plot than anything. The ending also felt rushed, like the author suddenly realized he had a lot of loose ends he needed to tie up because he had finished the story. Basically, bad mystery writing. But, the main plot was enjoyable and if he had just stuck to that I would be giving this a five.
Jenn Kurrie
Sep 25, 2016 Jenn Kurrie rated it really liked it
#35/2016 ... Cree Black Novel #2 and this one was also very interesting as it took on a case involving Native American traditions and beliefs within the context of a baffling medical problem. Our heroine is again tested - and really put through the ringer - and I didn't get the twist again! As with the other Cree Black novel, I did find it long at times but enjoyed it overall and learned many things about the culture and traditions of several tribes that I did not know before. And I tried not to ...more
Jenny Massey
Mar 20, 2010 Jenny Massey rated it really liked it
Downloaded from Audible.

I like this series a lot and its always got some good twists and thoughts regarding ghosts, hauntings and paranormal stuff. But I really like this one because you feel like you are getting a lesson in Native American beliefs without it being condescending or naive. It isn't the whole part of the book, but when it is, it is done well. I especially like the ending as it brought the hero (Cree)to a place where she realized she has so much to learn and that she isn't alone.
Apr 27, 2015 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Found this book exceptional--Hecht is a GREAT storyteller, with vivid imagery
Elly Wendy
Mar 07, 2015 Elly Wendy rated it liked it
3* not solidly written, often overdone, but lots of action and intriguing plot and subjects.
Donna Radcliff
Apr 10, 2011 Donna Radcliff rated it liked it
Much easier read than City of Masks, the story hooked me within a couple of pages. I still glaze over when the techie part of paranormal research is covered, but there is not as much as with the first book. Set in the southwesst, Cree Black takes the case of trying to save a 15-year-old Indian boy who appears to be possessed. I had figured out most of the plot about a third in, but all the clues were there, it wasn't like Hecht was trying to completely fool the reader. Maybe not as overtly scary ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it
I am into mysteries lately, and this was a paranormal one set in New Mexico and I liked it. The descriptions of the landscape were very cool, and I can relate to the feeling that there is something special and holy about the desert in the Southwest. The heroine was a paranormal pyschologist and related to her clients and ghost by empathy and taking on some of their characteristics and pain to help dispel the ghost or haunting. This book was different, an easy read but with some meat, not all flu ...more
Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave
Nov 07, 2012 Mary: Harry Dresden's Love Slave rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I really liked this book. I'm so glad she's trying to move on with her life after her husband's death. I was so worried it was going to turn into one of those series where the main character does nothing but pine for their dead love. I really liked the info and insight into Navajo culture. I normally have things figured out long before the author brings it to a conclusion. But I have to say that it didn't occur to me who the ghost was and why they haunted the boy until just before the author mad ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Nancy added it
I was hoping this might hit the spot as I'm missing Tony Hillerman after his passing in 2008. It was a good story, but went on too long. The characters were well-developed, but we heard a little too much of their inner dialogue. There were too many possibilities for who or what might be haunting the teenage Navajo boy who is at the center of the story.

On the other hand, I liked the way the author approached the subject of ghosts and how he evoked the geography of the Southwest.
Sandy D.
Aug 27, 2011 Sandy D. rated it really liked it
A good mystery & ghost story. I almost didn't take it from the New Books shelf at the library, because it sounded a bit flakey and new agey on the dust jacket, but it was a fun, fast read.

A psychologist specializing in the supernatural goes to the Navajo reservation to investigate a teenager who appears to be possessed. Lots of interesting stuff about Navajo beliefs (a la Tony Hillerman), the history of the area (boo for Kit Carson), and some interesting characters.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 37 38 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Can someone just tell me how it ends? 1 7 May 30, 2011 08:06PM  
  • Rolling in the Deep (Hawaiian Heroes, #2)
  • Enchantment's Reach
  • Murder in the 11th House (Starlight Detective Agency #1)
  • Finding Home
  • Rainsong
  • Summer of the Dragon
  • The House in Amalfi
  • Rock with Wings (Leaphorn  & Chee, #20)
  • The Brothers of Baker Street (Baker Street Letters, #2)
  • Port of Paradise
  • Forever His (Stolen Brides, #1)
  • Fangs Out (A Cordell Logan Mystery, #2)
  • Smile at Fear: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Discovering Your Radiant Self-Confidence
  • Malice Prepense (Barbara Holloway #3)
  • Dogs Don't Lie (Pru Marlowe, #1)
  • On the Rocks (Turtle Island, #3)
  • The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets

Other Books in the Series

Cree Black (3 books)
  • City of Masks (Cree Black, #1)
  • Bones of the Barbary Coast (Cree Black, #3)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »