Ocean Echoes: A Novel by Sheila Hurst (Book Review #42)



Ocean Echoes is an educational read on our beautiful oceans through the eyes of a marine biologist, Ellen Upton, who is seeking to discover new findings through her ever ending funds at the Cape Cod research facility.

Ellen is a hard-working, driven, ambitious woman that takes her research on a cruise across the Panama Canal in hopes to accomplish an innovative discovery so that she may keep her job and funding. However, I felt that it was more than that. Ellen was mostly seeking recognition and felt like without a discovery she had no purpose. On this journey, she has many beautiful adventures under the sea and also manages to experience some love on the ship she sails on. On Toll Island, her discovery is not what she expected, and like all scientists, her new breakthrough comes with costs.


I found the book to be exceptionally well written and beautifully described. Sheila Hurst portrays a fascinating world underwater and adds an educational, informative touch on this whole endeavor through her story with her writing. This I believe makes a tale more valuable and desirable for its reader. I liked how Ellen was not perfect and strict. She would make mistakes and be vulnerable at times, which made her more relatable.

There are many twists and delightful turns in the plot. The character building was excellent and definitely drew the reader to feel for them. I believe there is just enough juice in making the second book out of this one. It has enough backstory and ammunition for a sequel, and I hope that the Author does consider this as I look forward to reading more of her books.

Ocean Echoes is not just a voyage through the deep ocean and the discovery of our environment, but it is also the journey of self-discovery.

I recommend this tale to all fiction readers and people that like to learn something as they enjoy a book.

Written Jeyran Main

I was given this book by the Author & UnderratedReads for a review.

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