cover image Where Are You, Echo Blue?

Where Are You, Echo Blue?

Hayley Krischer. Dutton, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-47351-1

YA author Krischer (Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf) makes her adult debut with the entertaining story of a former child star and the journalist trying to track her down. Echo Blue, the daughter of movie star Jamie Blue, won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1994, when she was 14. Fast forward five years: her career has crashed and burned, and she’s just been released from rehab for a Klonopin addiction. She makes a comeback appearance on MTV’s New Year’s Eve Y2K special, but disappears halfway through the event. Goldie Klein, an up-and-coming New York City reporter and Echo superfan, senses her big break and flies to Los Angeles in search of clues, posing as an artist to ingratiate herself with Jamie. A parallel narrative follows Echo’s rise in the early ’90s and subsequent mental health struggles. Eventually, the story lines intersect, revealing Echo’s whereabouts and her caustic perspective on celebrity culture. As Krischer makes clear in her increasingly unnerving depiction of Goldie’s fixation with Echo, the star is right to be wary of the spotlight. Equal parts intelligent and thrilling, this will have readers glued to their seats. Agent: Emily Sylvan Kim, Prospect Agency. (July)