The Echoes

Macmillan Audio (Kinship, Bk. 4). Mar. 2022. 9:55 hrs. ISBN 9781250839664. $26.99. M
In the final book of Montgomery’s “Kinship” quartet (following The Stills), Sheriff Lily Ross faces two of the most emotionally challenging cases of her career—the murder of a young woman involved in a scandalous affair, and the kidnapping of Lily’s young niece, Esmé. In a story told from alternating points of view, series narrator Susan Bennett returns with aplomb, assuming numerous distinctive Ohio regional accents for each character: Hiram is Appalachian; Lily is local; and Dr. Twomey is an outsider. She adds a French accent for young Esmé, who speaks both French and accented English. Bennett skillfully adjusts pacing, pitch, and tone, capturing the nuances of Lily’s manner as she works through the particulars of each case. With sensitivity, she depicts Hildy, who gently coaxes Hiram to tell his side of the story, and Beulah, who is awash with guilt. The drama and tension of the climax combined with the bittersweet conclusion of the series leaves a strong lasting impression.
VERDICT A fitting finale to this historical fiction series inspired by the first woman sheriff in the state of Ohio.
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