Discord by Katy Haye

Discord by Katy Haye
Echoes of Earth Book 1

Publisher: Self
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, Young Adult
Length: Full (360 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Orchid

Beth forgot her past. What if there’s nothing to remember?

Seventeen-year-old Beth has brain damage. That’s why she lives in a hospital in the middle of the English countryside filled with therapeutic music and medical tests. Some days she feels well enough to go home, but other days – the days filled with shadows and ghosts, and a strong sense of déjà vu – she fears she’ll never get better.

Toby’s arrival signals a turning point. Beth faces her fears instead of hiding from them. But even with Toby’s help, is she strong enough to face a truth that is stranger than anything Beth could imagine?

Steptoe House is a convalescent home for teenagers who are recovering from accidents to the head. The main therapy is music and the teenagers are expected to take part in concerts. Most of the patients have vague memories of their past, but Beth doesn’t. Her time before Steptoe House is blank. Several of the teenagers have paired off, and when a new boy, Toby, arrives Beth’s life takes a turn for the better emotionally.

The characters in this book are exceptionally well crafted, each with a personality which fits their place in the story. The setting with doctors, a teacher and country surroundings are exactly what I would expect of a convalescent home for teenagers. Although budding romance took place, it was only a sideline to the main plot and didn’t detract from the mystery and suspense areas. My only query originally was why the number of patients was restricted to a small amount, but this was revealed in the latter part of the book.

I did feel the story dragged out a bit, maybe a bit too long for the concept, but the final part was well thought out, making me want to read more about Beth and her friends.


  1. Jean Grainger says:

    Loved this book!

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