Fracture by Megan Miranda

Publisher: Walker Children’s Books

Release date: January 17, 2012

Pages: 272

Summary: Delaney falls through the ice of a like near her house and drowns. When she’s hauled out of the frigid water, she’s technically dead. But a few days later in the hospital, she comes back. Delaney is considered to be a miracle—she apparently has significant brain damage, but as far as the doctors can tell, she’s in perfect health! What the doctors don’t know, though, is that Delaney has developed a weird tingling in her fingers. She’s pulled towards certain people—people who are going to die.

My thoughts: Fracture starts off with a bang, hooking readers with the mystery of Delaney’s miraculous survival. The first half of the book is gripping and full of unique plot turns: almost every page is full of surprises. Fracture’s second half is where the story gets a bit fuzzy, focusing more on questionable morality and a shady character named Tom. Things that occur in Delaney’s personal life are a bit unbelievable, and the relationships she holds with friends and family are suddenly blurred. It’s a bit disappointing to see a character’s life start off one way and then quickly become something completely different. It just doesn’t flow with Fracture’s momentum; instead making the reader jerk to a stop in confusion.

Still, Fracture ultimately succeeds. The fresh concept holds strong through the course of the whole book, and there’s never any doubt that Fracture will continue to shock and delight. Megan Miranda is a master of plot twists, each one turning the reader’s preconceived notions on their heads. The main characters are consistent, and though at times they’re not exactly likable, they are strong. Delaney goes through some emotional turmoil, but she never comes off as whiny or obnoxious. Megan Miranda keeps it real with Delaney’s romantic endeavors: there are no soul mates in Fracture—things are complicated.

Fracture is a perfect read for anyone looking for a book with a fresh paranormal concept. Readers will be amazed at how easily Megan Miranda can shock them. Though at times the story becomes a bit inconsistent, Fracture is overall a fun, occasionally heartbreaking read. Fracture will make you think about what it means to be alive. Don’t forget to leave a comment, I would like to discuss this book with you.

4/5 stars

For those who like: Mystery, suspense.