Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Author: Megan Miranda
Book #: 2
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 3.84
Published: Feb. 13th, 2014
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.
From the point of view of a fan of Megan Miranda's characters and writing style Vengeance was a spectacular read that let you explore even further the characters we had come to adore, though one might still wonder if the novel was just to please fans who wanted a little more of the world because otherwise it was rather *and I am cringing when writing this word* needless. It was a good book, it really was, but the first title didn't lend itself to another one so it gives you the feeling that you can either take or leave Vengeance. If I were in your shoes though I would definitely take it.
For one it makes a lousy attempt at explaining why exactly Delaney has these "powers" of hers. It focuses more on Decker and his grief over losing a loved one, and while I love Decker I thought his character was a tad unfair in this title towards Delaney. He was being an ass, instead of talking things out he just flipped out and started throwing accusations. But I guess that is just how he reacts when confronted by grief... which is not at all flattering. Other than Decker acting like an ass my main problem was that I wanted some sort of definite explanation on how exactly Delaney survived and how she got her powers. Right now it's kind of not here nor there, is it a miracle, the will of God, a scientific anomaly or a supernatural cause? I don't know, and that drives me nuts. I would have thought that if Fracture got a sequel it would be to unravel this ONE mystery first and foremost.
You may be thinking that I am being picky when it comes to Vengeance seeing as I said previously that I really liked the book, but that's just the thing, Vengeance had it's thing that bothered, but overall it was a fantastic read. I love getting to see Delaney and Decker again, and while I would have liked to be inside Delaney's head in some parts of the novel (two POVs would have been better than one) I still liked being inside Decker's head and seeing how he dealt with not only his new grief but the ghost of Delaney's death. He might have acted like a dick at times, but he was still Decker. You could tell he still cared.
So what is this novel really about? Delaney, Decker, and all their friends. They all seem to think the lake is coming for them, that it's cursed. So there's that threat at the back of your head, plus it seems someone is actually gunning to hurt Delaney and everyone around her, but why? Because she is the one person who survived? Because she can sense things other people can't? In truth Vengeance is about a lot of things, but most of them have to deal with death and how people deal with it once is at their doorstep.
I'd read it again.
Conjured by Natascha De Marco at 19:03