Silent Echo by Elisa Freilich is a novel full of extraordinary characters and unexpected plot twists.
What would your life be like if you couldn’t talk, couldn’t sing, couldn’t cry? This is the life of Portia Griffin.
For inexplicable reasons, Portia has not made a single sound in sixteen years. Even the best doctors have no idea what is wrong with her. Branded as a social outcast, Portia was completely alone in her silence until she meets Felix, who, being deaf, couldn’t care less about her speech.
As Portia’s sophomore year of high school begins, things are fairly normal. Other than the complications of growing up, the only thing changing in her life is the size of her ever growing music library. Things begin to shift, however, as Portia begins experiencing a strange tightness in her throat, “hot flashes”, blackouts, hallucinations, and a varying degree bodily pains. She knows something strange is happening to her, but nothing could have possibly prepared her for the bomb that is about to drop in the middle of everything she has ever known.
As peculiar developments rapidly form, Portia is thrown into a battle of good versus evil, with both sides fighting viciously for her cooperation. Although Portia herself would blanch at the acts that the horrendous characters of the novel would have her take, they seem to have the uncanny ability to infiltrate her consciousness, forcing her not only to avoid these villains physically, but also to ward off their intense mental attacks.
After failing to read the description before diving into the book, I was thrilled to encounter the use of mythological themes in Silent Echo. As a lover of Greek culture, I was instantly attached to this mystic novel. The plot kept me on my toes throughout the novel, expertly mixing the otherworldly with a twisting reality.
I would recommend Silent Echo to those lovers of Rick Riordan, Becca Fitzpatrick, and James Patterson’s youth novels.