Thursday 30 January 2014

VENGEANCE by Megan Miranda

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.
After really enjoying FRACTURE, I was looking forward to reading the sequel.
This book is told in the POV of Decker, Delaney's boyfriend. He's still haunted by what happened to her at the lake--how she died, but survived thanks to him--and can now sense when someone is dying. When the most unexpected horrible thing happens to him, and death personally touches Decker's life, he blames Delaney. For not warning him. For avoiding his calls when she could've made a difference. For lying.
Then other strange things start to happen, creepy incidents that force Decker and his mother to actually move in with Delaney's family. It all points to the lake's curse, how it's come to claim them and has a vendetta on them because Delaney was supposed to die. But as everything slowly unravels, Decker discovers a much different plot. One that has nothing to do with any curse and everything to do with people hiding secrets.
I was actually hooked at the beginning. It was nice to catch up with Delaney and see things through Decker's eyes. When the strange things started happening I was creeped out and was looking forward to finding out what was going on. But Decker's attitude towards Delaney overrode everything. I know he was grieving and couldn't get over a very personal loss, but the teenage angst was too much. And unfortunately, the mystery at the heart of it wasn't enough to make up for it.
It's a shame because it started so well...
Vengeance is an interesting, well written thriller that keeps you guessing, but it was nowhere near as good as the first book. :(
Vengeance, February 2014, ISBN  9781408839584, Bloomsbury Childrens

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