Friday, June 27, 2014


Megan Miranda
Walker & Co.
352 pp.
Ages 14 - 18

Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can't forgive Delaney until he knows why.


I loved Miranda's debut novel, Fracture, a chilling story about a girl, Delaney, who can sense when someone is about to die. Vengeance is the sequel, told from Delaney's boyfriend, Decker's POV. Their little group of friends have come to believe Falcon Lake is cursed. The lake is where Delaney almost drowned the year before, where her adversary, Troy did drown. And of course there have been other deaths including Carson, who was once part of the gang.

When new girl and her ailing mother move into town, strange things start happening to Decker, things he takes as evidence of the curse.

I didn't get pulled into this story as strongly as I did Fracture. Most of the story was about Decker and Delaney's on again/off again relationship. But I did enjoy the tension, the mystery, and the realistic depiction of the teenage relationships. The story is well-written and at about half way, the pace really picked up. The nice thing about Vengeance is that while it is a sequel, I think it easily stands alone. Of course, I would highly recommend reading Fracture first simply because it's such a great story.


Profanity:  High
Sexuality:  Moderate
Violence:  Mild

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