Note: I received a free galley of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book is tagged as an “inspirational thriller,” and it has a fascinating take on the human mind with some aspects of magical realism. Pool of Echoes has been compared to Inception, which is a pretty good way to describe this book that I’m having a hard time summarizing to myself. Here’s the summary from Amazon:
Nothing Is Certain But The Truth.
Jordan Mitchfield is heir to a media empire worth billions. He also sees and hears things that aren’t there.
Then someone close puts him in an insane asylum against his will.
When it looks like there is no way out but to take his own life, he is stopped. Is it a vision? Is what he’s seeing actually real? Is it even part of this dimension?
Whatever it is, it opens his cell door and throws him into a dangerous time-travel adventure through his memories.
As he goes deeper into the Pool of Echoes, he is forced to confront everything he has ever known, reconstruct his own mental health, and play a role in something much larger than himself.
If you or anyone you know has ever questioned their own self worth, get on board this life-changing thrill-ride. You will never be the same.
Basically, Jordan thinks he’s going crazy. He hears voices and sees things that aren’t there. His brother, heir to a hugely influential company, has Jordan put in a mental institution until further notice. While he’s there, Jordan starts to discover some discrepancies in his brother’s behavior, and when a mysterious stranger asks Jordan to trust him, he dives into the Pool of Echoes–pretty literally.
Without giving too much away, the Pool of Echoes is a pool inside the mental institution that has special powers (we’re never told how or why) to allow the patient to travel through their memories (a somewhat time travel-y moment, since the patient can interact within the memories and change what happens). Jordan digs through his memories in an attempt to understand his broken past and fix his present-day problems.
Again, I’m having a hard time knowing what to say about this book, because it’s so different from the books I usually read. Jordan’s journey was enjoyable, and the fact that he got to time travel through his own memories was a fascinating concept. I found some of the bad guys a little over the top, though, and I wished there had been more time to flesh them out. Still, I loved the memory time travel, and the last few chapters? Awesome. This book isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a look.
Rating: Good but Forgettable