“The First Time I died, I didn’t see god.
No light at the end of the tunnel. No haloed angels. No dead Grandparents.
To be fair, I probably wasn’t a solid shoo-in for heaven. But, honestly, I kind of assumed I’d make the cut.
I didn’t see any fire or brimstone, either.”
Delaney was dead for 11 minutes. Flat out cold after falling under the ice on the lake near her house. She was pulled out but remained in a coma for six days. When she comes round it’s a miracle, but she doesn’t feel right, she starts being pulled towards the dying, then her brain starts to itch and she starts having seizures in her hands. She doesn’t understand it at first and the doctors can’t explain it, but then comes along Troy, he understands her, shows her what the seizures are and believes they are meant to be as he knows what she is going through, but is Troy sincere, is he trying to help or is he just excited to have someone to understand him finally.
Fracture was a real mix of things for me. I loved it but didn’t love it, I enjoyed it but it scared me, I couldn’t work out what was going on but at times, I didn’t really want to!! It brings about strange questions and feelings and even now, over 24 hours since I finished it, I still don’t know whether I loved it or not!
The story was fantastic, it’s very rare for someone to survive after being dead for 11 minutes and in a coma for 6 days, but somehow Delaney manages it and she’s fully functional, she’s not in a vegetative state and despite what her brain scan shows she’s not brain damaged! Then she discovers she can sense when people are going to die and things get weird, even weirder when a guy turns up knowing all about her even though he really can’t.
That part of the story is what freaked me out. I couldn’t handle Troy, I really didn’t like him and I thought there was something off kilter about him from the beginning. He freaked me out and I really didn’t like the relationship between Delaney and Troy and I just wanted her to keep away from him. He actually scared me and I really, really didn’t want to carry on read at some points in this book, he was totally weird!
I really couldn’t get on with Delaney’s mother either. I’m sorry, I know that situation must be really hard and stuff but I thought she was ridiculously selfish and could have easily helped things by actually talking to her daughter. I know it must have been really hard to deal with all her past issues and what happened to Delaney but I can’t believe how awful she was. I really would hope I could handle the situation better than she did!
Other than those two characters the rest of them were awesome. I really loved Decker and Delaney herself was amazing, it must have been really hard to go through what she’d been through and yet she just wanted to carry on helping others once she realised what the seizures were. I know there were a couple of times when acted a little young or something perhaps but that has to be understood, she had just died.
As I said, I’m not sure what my true feelings were on this book, there were parts of it that I loved, really loved, and others that I really hated, but I guess that makes it a good book really, it made me think about ethics and life and death and stuff a lot and that is something that would make me recommend this book, as long as you can glance over Troy of course!!
Fracture is Megan Miranda’s debut novel and is released on January 5th by Bloomsbury. My copy was sent to me by the publisher.