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The Devil of Echo Lake by Douglas Wynne
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The Devil of Echo Lake
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Billy Moon has staggered his way to the top of the music charts. His previous two albums were a massive successful, catapulting him to full-fledged rock star status, and he is about to record his third album. The only problem is he isn’t quite sure what to attribute his success to. Is he really that talented, or did he, somehow, manage to sell his soul to the devil along the way?
It certainly is no stretch to imagine Billy’s deranged producer, Trevor Rail, as the devil incarnate, especially when Billy arrives at Echo Lake Studio and some most unusual things begin happening. Rail appears to be able to create fire balls in the palm of his hand. The studio Billy is lodging at is haunted by a ghost who enjoys playing an odd tune on the piano that only he and Jake, the sound engineer, can hear. Members of the recording staff are dying mysteriously. And a pack of wolves surrounds the studio while Billy is recording, as if they were the very hellhounds he fears are on his trail.
Is Billy another drug-using burnout losing his grip with reality? Or is something sinister really going on down at Echo Lake? More importantly, will Billy be able to figure it out before he or anyone else is killed?
Wynne weaves a tale that is not only well written and original, but also spooky and captivating. It is impossible to decide whether Billy, in fact, did sell his soul to Trevor Rail all those years ago, or if his drug-addled brain is simply manufacturing the strange goings on that surround him. The reader is pulled from one chapter to the next, trying to solve the mystery, all the while being just creeped out enough to want to stay awake all night reading.
This book is a real achievement for Douglas Wynne as well as another great read from Journal Stone Publishing. I can’t wait to see more from both of them.
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