Susanne Matthews who has written Echoes of the Past, part ethnic romance, part environmental thriller, part paranormal murder mystery.
Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfil her destiny?
Allow me to begin that an original, authentic novel like that deserves a more catchy title. There are so many books with a similar name.
This multidimensional gem that is satisfying on so many levels. It features an otherwise strong heroine who suffers from crippling phobias. While she is able to maintain a poker face for her colleagues - the nature of her job demands that - she falls apart on more than one occasion behind the closed doors. The most praiseworthy characteristic of the novel is the morally neutral, non-judgmental tone. We are dealing with such controversial subjects as environmental protection and the social status of Native Americans in a world dominated by European settlers. I applaud the author for not lapsing into that down-your-throat ultra-liberal sanctimonious tone that a less skilled author would be so tempted to embrace. The characters are convincing 3D individuals, not just talking heads for spreading green agenda. The author does a good job at not demonizing or romanticizing any ethnic groups. I look forward to seeing more of her work!