Megan Miranda

Bloomsbury (2012)

ISBN: 978-1-4088-1739-1

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

Seventeen year old Delaney Maxwell dies, drowned in an icy lake. Saved and resuscitated by her friend, she spends days in a coma, with a worst case prognosis, but then beats the odds by suddenly waking up, with no apparent side effects of her brush with death. Until she begins to feel a strange pull, one that leads to people who are terminally ill or dying of trauma, and she meets the strange young man, Troy, who seems to understand what she’s experiencing more than anyone else can, because he feels it too. But can Delaney reconcile how Troy deals with this strange new sense? Can she deal with it herself?

Another classic love triangle young adult novel, with Delaney standing between Troy, the mysterious stranger, and Decker, the lifelong friend, Fracture manages to take the well-worn trope and examine it well, making sense of the reasons Delaney is torn the way she is.

There’s an awful lot to like about this book – well characterised, an interesting, if not unique, plot, with a genuinely eerie feel to it. It’s a paranormal novel in the sense of strange things happening in the ordinary world, rather than involving supernatural creatures, which makes a nice change from the plethora of vampires, angels, werewolves and fairies out there. It’s not drawn out, being only a fairly short book at around 260 pages, and the pacing throughout, with the gradual reveals of plot points worked very well.

A completely engaging and emotional read – highly recommended.