Book Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fracture is the debut novel by Megan Miranda. It is published by Bloomsbury on 5th January 2012. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature—or something much more frightening?

What I thought
Fracture wasn't a title I had heard of until the ARC turned up on my doorstep one day. Instantly, I wanted to read it, even though I had books that needed to come first. However, instead of waiting, it kept calling out to me on the shelf so I just gave in.

Fracture really starts off extremely well. It doesn't take long for certain events to happen which sets the tone for the whole book. The fact that the story starts off at a quick pace was great because it got me hooked immediately. Delaney's story and experiences drew me in and made me want more... everything... straight away. She is really your average teenager living in Maine. Many films (and Stephen King novels) are set in Maine so if you know any of these, you will know that it gets extremely cold there during the winter. Miranda does explain this situation well for people who don't know this and it sets the scene perfectly for what is about to come. The freezing conditions and expectations of Delaney and friend Decker give them a good enough reason to be on the lake in the first place.

As Delaney wakes up from her coma even though she should have died, she knows something isn't right. Her doctor is baffled, not understanding how she isn't completely brain dead. The mystery and tension surrounding what actually happened to Delaney was my favourite aspect of the book. Little things are revealed in tiny instalments, giving the reader hints at what is going on. Just when you think you have all of the answers, a new twist is thrown in and it gets you thinking again.

Although the story obviously centers around Delaney (who I loved!) nothing could happen without her best friend Decker and stranger Troy. Each guy plays a massive part in Delaney's journey for entirely different reasons. Out of the two, Decker was by far my favourite as he seemed like the typical boy next door – sweet, caring and gorgeous. It wasn't that I didn't like Troy though, because I did, he was just really creepy!!

Fracture really has everything that I could want in a book – mystery, action of sorts, great characters and a hint of romance.


  1. I have a 100 pages left of this one to read! Really enjoying it though.

  2. I have to read this sometime before January, so I'm really glad to see you enjoyed it!

    There aren't enough well written YA mysteries out there, I'm glad this is one.

  3. Oooo I can't wait t get round to reading this one now!!


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