Series: Fracture #2
Published by Walker Childrens on February 4, 2014
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing, allusions to intimacy
Reviewed by: Libbie
Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An intense, heart-rending psychological thriller to accompany the chilling and seductive Fracture
When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another...
All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson.
Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realises it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan.
This powerful and emotionally charged psychological thriller follows Megan Miranda’s stunning debut Fracture.
I remember when I first read FRACTURE, and I remember loving it. I recommended it everywhere I could. I was elated at finding out that there was a second in the series.
VENGEANCE takes us back to Falcon Lake, back to Delaney and Decker and their group of friends that seriously should have seen a whole team of grief counselors a long time ago. Especially Decker, especially in this book. I get the stages of grief and to the author’s credit, she portrayed Decker true to his character in FRACTURE, as he struggles with his sudden loss. Unfortunately, Decker wasn’t the most likeable character even in the first book and he did very little to redeem that in VENGEANCE.
Since the book was from Decker’s point of view this time, and not Delaney’s, the first two-thirds of the book is a running commentary on dealing with grief the wrong way. As the mother of a 17 year old boy, I spent more time wondering when his mother was going to wake up to her son’s behavior and strongly suggest he talk to someone because he was throwing red flags right and left. She didn’t and as much as I know it was a storyline choice – hard to keep him screwing up and making things worse if he gets a handle on his grief.
I’ve seen a comparison made of FRACTURE to Stephen King’s DEAD ZONE, and that only solidified more with Decker’s constant lapse into italics, and memories of an early scene with a dying woman. Whatever symbolism that was supposed to have to the story itself, other than to make Decker stop being an idiot and focus, was lost on me.
The last third of VENGEANCE redeems the mired-in-grief-induced-anger, though, when the plot ramps up and the mysteries surrounding the lake, and these traumatized kids. I had the plot figured out well beforehand, on both counts, but it made it no less interesting to watch as Decker and Delaney put the pieces together.
I’m glad the series has a bookend with VENGEANCE because I remember wanting more from Decker and Delaney when FRACTURE finished, and I was very glad to see them find their way through the darkness that took them when Delaney fell through the ice and find light on the other side. For that, I’m content.Series Titles:
- Fracture - 3/5