Debuting on the New York stage, Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow; for Leopold, the director who wants perfection; and for death in the theater.
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy.
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I’m always on the lookout for strong new contemporary YA and the premise of a murder mystery set in a theatre starring queer characters was definitely too good to resist. I’m so glad that Echo After Echo didn’t disappoint at all and I’m so excited for more people to read this one.
Zara has always wanted to be a theatre star and when the world’s most famous director casts her in his run of Echo and Ariston, her favourite Greek tragedy, she doesn’t hesitate to promise him 100% commitment. But her growing admiration for lightning director Eli and a possible curse on the theatre tend to get in the way. Echo and Echo is a compelling novel with great characters, fantastic writing and a phenomenal romance.
I usually love contemporary novels for their compelling characters and Echo After Echo was no different. Even though the writing was in 3rd person POV, I still felt like I knew the characters inside and out and the characterization was just so strong. I loved both Zara and Eli and their romance was just so cute.
The mystery aspects as well were super compelling, and I loved the backdrop of a theatre for this awesome story. If you’re looking for a phenomenal well-written and quite lovely romance, I highly recommend Echo After Echo.