Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
The description compares FRACTURE to BEFORE I FALL and IF I STAY. I’d say it was closer to a mix of THE BODY FINDER and the Soul Screamers series. Delaney is a teen girl who, after surviving a tragic accident, discovers she has a morbid ability to predict deaths, and relies on Decker, a childhood best friend who has evolved into something more than a friend, to help keep her sane and safe. FRACTURE is much more than that simple description though.
First off, it’s very well written. The storyline is not complex, but the way it is told makes it feel rich and satisfying for the most part. It’s on the shorter side (my ARC was 262 pages), and I think the story could have benefited from a few extra chapters. The semi side plot involving Delany and her mother didn’t come off quite as poignantly as I think the author intended. Likewise, while I loved the fragile romantic relationship that slowly emerged between Delaney and Decker, I wanted more of it. The author did a good job of weaving little stories throughout FRACTURE that showed how their relationship changed over the years, but I still felt like I was missing the part of it that would have completely pushed me over the edge with them.
I did love the many surprise twists that came about in FRACTURE. I was kept on my toes and caught up in the story from beginning to end, but I don't know what to make of the ending. I didn’t expect it, and I’m not sure if I ultimately liked it or not. The character of Delaney was very interesting as she struggled to adjust to her ability, and I found her struggle immanently believable, but given the questions she raised and the answers she had to accept, I think the ending for her was perhaps too simplistic. I have my own idea of what happens after the last page and it is coloring my impression of the ending. I can’t see there being a real happy ending for her, not ever. So it’s sad and a bit depressing, but a thoughtful read that I do recommend for fans of bittersweet stories
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