Vengeance by Megan Miranda
"Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can't forgive Delaney until he knows why."- summary from Amazon
I really enjoyed Fracture and was excited about a sequel, but I probably should have re-read Fracture in anticipation of this. I was a little lost re-entering this world and everything that had happened previously and so may not have liked this as much as I might have if I was more in tune with the characters. As it is, I didn't really feel any connection to these characters and continued reading it hoping for something good.
Miranda is a good writer, and I will continue reading her books, but unfortunately this really fell flat for me. Decker's perspective wasn't all that intriguing to me, and the mysteries at the center of the book just felt tacked on for suspense. I don't know if there could've been a better sequel to Fracture; perhaps it was better off as a stand-alone.
Overall, if you liked Fracture, go ahead and give this a shot. I know there are plenty of people who still really enjoyed this sequel, but unfortunately I am not one of them. I will continue to read Miranda's books though because she is a talented author and I'm really excited to see what she writes next.
and here's an interview with Megan:
I originally wrote Fracture as a stand-alone, and I was happy with where Delaney ended up in her story. I wasn’t planning on a sequel at first—I guess I wanted to think of Delaney and Decker as having some peace, some happiness. But over the course of the year, I received a lot of reader emails asking about what happened next, and so I also started wondering: no, really, what happens next?
What happens in a place where there was a miracle—Delaney surviving the un-survivable—but a surge of deaths surrounding that event?
What happens after people fall in love? After you think you’ve made it through the worst?
What happens to the people who’ve lived through the events in Fracture, who’ve watched their friends die, or almost die?
What makes someone believe in a curse? How much coincidence before you really believe?
2) What are you currently working on? Can you tell us anything about it?
I’m currently editing a book that will come out in 2015, currently titled Soulprint. In this story, science has discovered how to screen for someone’s soul, much like DNA fingerprinting. It’s about a girl who has been contained on an island for her own protection, who chooses to escape, following clues left behind for her from the previous life, that only she can decipher—unraveling the mystery of who she was, and who she is, and whether she’s destined to repeat the past.
3) What's your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor(s)? Or if you don't like those, what's your favorite snack to have while writing or as a reward for writing?
Toasted marshmallow! The best flavor, without the gooey mess!
4) What book(s) are you currently reading, or are about to start? Any 2014 books you're looking forward to reading?
I’m reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and I’m about to start This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.
As far as 2014 books, there are so many I’m looking forward to! One I’m really excited about seeing published is Elle Cosimano’s debut, Nearly Gone, which I had the pleasure of reading early. Tense, scary, romantic, and smart!
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