I loved Megan Miranda’s debut young adult novel Fracture (you can read my review here) so I’m really looking forward to her new book, Hysteria. Like her first book it sounds dark and chilling which is my favourite sort of book. Hysteria is released in New Zealand and Australia in February.
Here’s a video of Megan Miranda introducing her new book:
Twitter has been a great tool for me to find out about hot new books and great new authors to try. Every now and again a book comes along and it seems that everyone is raving about it, reviewing it and spreading the word. Megan Miranda’s Fracture was one of those books recently and I wanted to know what all the buzz was about. I just read the blurb (because I can’t bring myself to read a review of a book before I actually read it) and was intrigued by the idea. I got my hands on a copy and surfaced a couple of days later with this eerie, captivating story in my head.
After falling into the icy waters of a frozen lake, Delaney Maxwell is officially dead for eleven minutes. Rescued by her friends, she is taken to hospital and falls into a coma, from which she is not expected to wake. Then, miraculously, she regains consciousness with few signs of damage to her brain. According to the doctors she should be a cabbage, but she seems to be fully functioning. But Delaney knows that something is very wrong. She is pulled by forces outside of her control and starts to have a series of seizures. Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying, but she doesn’t know if she is predicting death or causing it. As she struggles to come to terms with these strange feelings, she is drawn to the mysterious Troy Varga who seems to know what she is going through. Troy knows the truth about her ‘gift’ but will Delaney use it as Troy suggests or take a different path?
Fracture is a dark, eerie story that will keep you turning the pages to discover the truth. Megan had me guessing right up until the very end and I wasn’t even sure it was going to end on a positive note for a while. I love it when an author holds onto the mystery or the secret right up until the end of the story, because it makes you want to keep reading (and reading furiously) to discover how it all ends. The story reminded me, both in the setting and the dark tone, of something written by Dean Koontz or John Connolly. Megan really put you in Delaney’s shoes and I kept asking myself if I would have done the same in her situation. Delaney has to come to terms with her ‘gift,’ as well as figuring out how she feels about Carson, Decker, Troy, and her parents, so Megan made us feel Delaney’s pain, jealousy, grief, anger, and love. Troy was one of the hardest character to try and figure out. I wasn’t really sure of what his motives were, and even when I did, I wasn’t sure that they were right. He almost seemed like Delaney’s shadow as he always seemed to be there, even when she was sleeping. I have to applaud Megan for writing one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I’ve read in a while. I won’t say much, because I hate spoilers, but it involves Carson and Delaney. Let’s just say I had to put the book down for a few minutes afterwards.
I’m sure Fracture will haunt me for days to come and will have me wondering what I would do if I only had a day left to live.
4 out of 5 stars