Jessa Whitworth knew she didn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But she couldn't deny that she was everywhere--in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day. His mother asked her to pack up his things--even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together. But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?
Published November 14th 2017 by Listening Library
Four stars: Another page turner thriller from Megan Miranda!
Jessa is still not sure what she is doing packing up her ex-boyfriend’s room after his death a few months ago. They had broken up just days before he disappeared, presumed drowned. When Caleb’s mother asks her to clean out his room, she can’t refuse. While packing, Jessa is consumed by memories as so many of the items in Caleb’s room are pieces of their past. Yet, the more she remembers, she realizes that perhaps things weren’t quite as she remembered. The more she digs, the more unsettling things become. Until Jessa is reevaluating everything. How well did she really know Caleb?
What I Liked:
- If you haven’t read one of Megan Miranda’s thrillers, why not? This is another excellent read that explores the topic of how well can you really know someone? There are lots of secrets, twists and a shocking finale. If you want an excellent thriller, this is one to try.
- What I love about Ms. Miranda’s books is that they are always unconventional and surprising. I like that she delivers the story in unique ways. This time around, the tale unfolds via objects in Caleb’s room. Each item, has a memory that must be unboxed. Once, Jessa starts remembering, things begin to fall into place.
- The story moves around in time, which I thought added to the suspense.
- Jessa is a sympathetic character. She is still reeling, drowning in grief. It doesn’t help that the town is whispering about her and looking at her with an accusatory eye. Yet despite the circumstances, she is tough and she is a fighter. I liked her tenacity, and her unwillingness to quit.
- I liked seeing the friendship between Jessa and Max strengthen throughout the book. It was a nice distraction from the main mystery.
- The suspense builds and builds to a stunning climax and a thrilling finale. I liked that I was constantly guessing, and that the ending delivered. It was a riveting read, with plenty of twists and turns.
- The book ends neatly without any loose ends. All is done up neatly.
And The Not So Much:
- After everything is revealed, I found myself wanting a better understanding of Caleb and his relationship with his parents and stepdad. I especially wanted to know more about Sean, the stepdad.
- What was going on with the money situation in Caleb’s home? There were several times this was mentioned, but I never got a firm answer as to why they were having money troubles.
- Even though I liked the format of the story, I have to admit, listening to the story, sometimes things got a little confusing because the story moved around in time, this might have been better for me if I had read it versus listening.
Fragments of the Lost is another exciting thriller from Megan Miranda. I loved her unique method of telling the story through objects and the memories associated with them. This one delivers a tale with plenty of suspense, lots of twists and turns and a stunning finale. If you want an excellent YA thriller, this is one to try.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.