Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 13th 2014 by Bloomsbury
Source: Net Galley
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.
I really really really liked Fracture. I thought the writing was wonderful, the main character relatable and easy to sympathize with and the story interesting. So I was really looking forward to immersing myself in the same world and getting reacquainted with the same characters. Only something went terribly wrong. Mainly, I think, the fact that there was a marked lack of a story. Here, let’s move to a new paragraph.
Okay, the novel opens with Delaney and Decker being all lovey dovey and mushy but in a way that I could live with. Then Decker’s dad dies and it turns out Delaney knew he was going to kick the bucket and didn’t tell Decker. Decker blows a gasket or two and they break up only not completely. So a lot of the novel is Decker angsting over Delaney’s betrayal or so he terms it and generally being annoying prat that I wanted to flick him and actually cheered when Delaney asserts herself. I understood where he was coming from and some of his anger was justified but for him to linger on the whole issue for the entire book was exhausting. He acts in ways that alienate the reader and transform him into a character I did not care much for at all.
Then there is the skeleton of a story, the curse of the lake, the new girl who is not treated very well by any of the group of friends, her brother. The plot is weak so even though the emotional intensity and complexity are still present, the lack of a story detracts substantially from the novel. I needed more and I wonder if this novel wouldn’t have been better as a novella. It would have been tighter as it would have been shorter and the extra chapters would have been condensed to have a tighter pace. But that’s just me being a geek.
Honestly, if you liked Fracture you will probably like Vengeance to some extent anyway. I look forward to Miranda’s future works because though this one didn’t win me over as much as I had expected it to, I like her style and how she’s able to express the emotional moments in her characters, those deep and transient moments that bring them all to life.