A Reader posted a review at 2010-01-22 03:28:41.
As a devotee of the six-book saga of Claire and Jamie's love affair, I was terribly disappointed by this book and its tacky, soap-opera cliffhanger ending.
What makes Outlander, Diane Gabaldon's first Claire-and-Jamie book, so wonderful is that she told the story solely from Claire's perspective. Although fast paced, the book followed a single plot line and Gabaldon's descriptions were emotionally nuanced and elaborately detailed.
In Echo, Gabaldon bounces around the minds of multiple characters. The book is extremely plot driven, shattering the sensitive emotional connections we previously built with Jamie and Claire.
And all I can say about the ending -- and the cheapest of its plot points -- is that Gabaldon doesn't know her characters at all if she thinks for one minute that Claire would really act as she did. Ms. Gabaldon, I am ashamed of you.
I suggest that Gabaldon re-read Outlander -- maybe twice. Go back to viewing the world through the eyes of Claire. I hope your next book cleans up the mess you left your readers in Echo.