Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda. I’ll be including my review of this book along with a giveaway.
Title: FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST
Author: Megan Miranda
Pub. Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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?
Fragments of the Lost is the third book that I’ve read by Megan Miranda. I really love how she writes a suspenseful story.
Jessa and Caleb broke up right before he died in an accident. She’s not sure if Caleb’s mom knows though, because she asks/kind of forces Jessa to go through all Caleb’s things in his room. The first half of the book or so is Jessa being there and finding things that bring up memories from the past. The story goes back and forth and we see how their relationship started, grew, and then began to fall apart. There is so much emotion and heartache in this part of the book.
“The pictures come down next. One by one. Because I can’t stand him looking at me. I can’t stand me looking me. The way we used to be, taunting me.”
While going through the room, Jessa starts to see things that don’t make sense. She remembers things that Caleb hid from her and she’s finding even more. It confuses her and becomes a mystery to figure out. Who was this Caleb? Was what he was hiding cause his accident?
“Instead I focus on the other Caleb. The one who received letters and hid them in books. Who had bus tickets to places I’ve never heard of. Who took Max’s money. Who left my race and was on his way to somewhere unknown when he was swept away.”
Things are weird with Caleb’s mom. She isn’t acting normal, not that there is a normal for a grieving parent. But whatever it is, Jessa is sure it has to do with the mystery surrounding Caleb’s accident. Jessa continues to go through things, almost obsessed with the clues she is putting together. She spends every day going through his room and hides a few things from his mom who she is beginning to distrust.
“He took parts of me when he went, and I can’t seem to get them back, and now I’m digging through everything, trying to piece together myself as well.”
Jessa brings Caleb’s best friend, Max, into it. She explains all the things that aren’t adding up. She tells him that Caleb had this secret life that didn’t make sense and the lies she figured out. Max and Jessa had more of a connection that they should have while she was with Caleb, but she realizes that he is someone she could always count on.
The rest of the book is pretty fast paced and the mystery of what really happened to Caleb. Not only his accident, but before then, too. Even his childhood had lies.
I can’t get into much more without giving away parts of the story. I wish I had the time to read this book in one sitting because it was hard to put down. The pacing was great. I loved how I could almost feel Jessa’s heartache and then it went into a lot of suspense. It was a bit of a rollercoaster with my emotions.
I gave Fragments of the Lost 4 1/2 stars. I am so thrilled that I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the blog tour. I can’t thank them enough. Quotes were taken from the arc and may change for the final published book.
Fragments of the Lost will be on sale November 14, 2017. I highly recommend picking it up.
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, US Only.
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