Previously Reviewed: Hysteria
Synopsis: Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
200words (or less) review: At the start of the book Delaney is in hospital and the doctors are talking about how it’s unlikely she’ll recover, at which point Delaney comes round. She leaves the hospital feeling lost and scared, with doctors unable to explain why she survived. The only lingering sensation is a pull that Delaney can’t explain, something that makes her hands shake uncontrollably.
Megan Miranda has a way to draw you into a story so you don’t want put the book down. While the characters are a little predictable in parts and Delaney’s parents made me go; ‘seriously?’ a few too many times I did enjoy the mystery of what was happening. I thought that the changes to the friendships Delaney had before that accident were believable as were her actions in regards to Troy.
Emotional I was invested in Delaney, particularly in the second half of the book. Delaney struggles with how to react to her new sense, Megan Miranda doesn’t pick a side of the debate. There is no clear-cut “this is right” moment which made me like the story all the more, because it shouldn’t be straight forward.
I’m interested to see how the loose ends are resolved in Vengeance.