Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vengeance (Fracture, #2) by Megan Miranda

Source: Received eBook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An intense, heart-rending psychological thriller to accompany the chilling and seductive Fracture

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.


 My Thoughts:

5 stars -  Edgy and different, this one brings the idea of growing up and dealing with lives setbacks to a whole new level.

First Impression...When I first saw this book, the cover of the lake was what I saw. I was taken back that it wasn't as compelling as the cover for Fracture.  Then they changed the cover for the paperback edition and I thought, oh I like that better.  But, truth be told,...this cover with the lake fits the books so much better.

I was excited to read this one as I loved Fracture.  It a great example of stepping outside the box and making a book that stands above the rest.

The Characters...The very best part of this book is Decker! This book is from his point of view. After reading from Dalaney's POV in the first book, I really enjoyed the change.  I wish my words could capture the feel of being in Decker's head.  He's dealing with a huge issue and being a jerk about it.  I get his side.  I love that he acts like a guy about things.  I liked that he kinda rambled through things trying to get his head straight.  It felt like he was growing as he figured things out.  I loved that about him and it made him very real.  Dalaney is still very much Dalaney.  I thought she was very patient with Decker. Hehe.

The Story...It wasn't what I was expecting, it was better.  I loved that edgy feel of Fracture and this one had all of that and more.  I really think I enjoyed this one more that Fracture and I think the male POV was the reason.  Decker is beginning to believe that Falon Lake is after them.  What other explanation could there be?  As he tries to reassure others and deal with his own doubts, he must face even more struggles than he did in book one.  And now he must do it while trying to coming to terms with some very real problems.  The combination made this one seem very real but also on the edge of paranormal.  I really liked how the story toes the line between the two genres.

The Writing... Megan Miranda's style in this series is perfect for the story.  It has a rambling poetic praise kinda feel to it and it fits the mood of Decker very well.  Certain things are restated in a poetic form and the darker elements were reminiscent of Poe.  I enjoyed it.  It was just what I needed - different.

Could I put it down... I didn't want to put it down.  I seldom get to read a book straight through because of other responsibilities.  This is one I would have if I could have.  As I read, I was piecing it together.  Yes, I did figure it out but the slight paranormal aspect of Dalaney always had me on the edge of doubting myself.  As a result, I really wanted to know.

In The End... I enjoyed this book a lot.  I needed the change as I've been reading a lot of heavy romance lately.  This was just what I needed.  If you enjoyed the first book in this series, then you really need to pick this one up too.  If you haven't started this series, give it a try.  It's different.  I like different.

About the author:

Megan is a scientist - turned - teacher - turned - stay-at-home-mom - turned - writer. She is not nearly as indecisive as she sounds. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor, does the mom thing by day, and writes by night.

Her first novel, FRACTURE, was published in January 2012 by Walker/Bloomsbury. HYSTERIA, a YA psychological thriller, will be published in February 2013. VENGEANCE, a companion/sequel to FRACTURE, will follow in 2014.



  1. This sounds like a good series! I didn't recognize the book right away until I saw the first cover, I think I actually like that one better. Great review!

  2. I haven't read the first book, but it's there in my TBR list, and now that the second is out, I think I really need to get reading!
    Thanks for a great review, Valerie!

  3. Holy crack, this is out?! I loved Fractured too, especially Decker. Thanks for tbr review!