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.
©2014 Megan Miranda (P)2014 Audible Inc.
This book may appeal to a young teen, but I doubt it. Very very boring, no story line. I listened to half of the first book and gave it up. The more I listened the more frustrated I was getting with the story. I even fast forwarded through a lot of it to see if it picked up but it just stayed boring and repetitive. Hopefully it picked up in the second book but I could not stand it long enough to get there. Actually the narrator did an okay job but he had a really crummy story to work with.
Decided to try this author and I must say, it was definitely a waste of time. The blurb made it sound really mysterious and interesting, but reads more like an angry teen rant. It isn't completely irredeemable, but I just can't bring myself to finish the book.
Performance was good, but the storyline wasn't much to work with.
Would probably appeal to goth teens with latent anger issues.
This story had a ton of promise, but fell well short in my opinion. The ending was decent, but the bits in the middle were extremely painful. The main character was not even remotely likeable and I kept screaming for him to suck it up. He was the "poor pitiful me" angry type that I just can't connect with at all. It's hard to like a novel if you couldn't care less about the main character. I kept wishing that the "curse" would take him out.
No, for the reasons already stated.
She has a good voice.
It wasn't horrible, but it also wasn't one that I would listen to again.
It was a good story but I wouldn't listen to it again. I guess you can call it one shot goodness.
When the story started pulling together. When Carson and Delaney get back together after misguided breakup, they figured out that the ill mother of the new kid in town was no longer alive. Piecing together who was making the group of friends think that it was the curse of Falcon Lake, this story starts to have a great build. Lots of twist to the story. One thing I was disappointed in is that this is book 2. I was given this book early to review and found out after 3/4 of the way through the book.
All of them. I am a huge fan of Therese Plumber. I also follow her narration to other books. She is great a voice work. Little known fact she also narrates under Savannah Richards.
I enjoyed this book. I will go back and read/listen to the first one. I felt like I was missing a few things.
It's a haunting mystery. I love how it towed the line between supernatural horror story and crime mystery. It makes you start to suspect anything and everything. I also like how it's not told from Delaney's perspective but from Decker's.
Decker because the author made the character's inner thoughts so believable. So full of contradictions and conflict, so like an adolescent in turmoil.
Her ability to make you believe her voice is the voice of the character. From the adolescent boy to the mother, the pauses at just the right places, the inflections. She puts subtle nuances in her words that make you hear more than just the words spoken but the deeper feelings behind it that you wouldn't have (or I wouldn't have) pulled from the words by reading the book once.
Darkness will rise to the surface.
It's so good, I'm buying the her first book.
Vengeance was a gift from Audible and I had chosen it over the other titles made available because the synopsis was interesting. At first, I wasn't too sure it would hold me because it looked like it was part of a series and I wasn't familiar with the other books. Then the narrator was female but the story is told from a male point of view. The narrator matters a whole lot to me and I've often felt that if some audiobooks had better narrators, I would have managed to listen to the very end.
Happily, it wasn't so with this audiobook. Therese Plummer did a really great job. As I listened, it began to feel "right" that she was doing the narration. She caught the nuances of each character's personality and had none of the exaggerated voice highs or lows that some narrators tend to use when shifting from male to female or vice-versa. In fact, having her read from Decker's point of view served to show his and all the other characters' youth.
While this book is a sequel, it can hold its own because the author makes references to past events. I liked the pace--no unnecessary scenes, no long-drawn out run of the mill descriptions. Sometimes there is a feeling of a suppressed forward movement which echoes Decker's ambivalence. There is enough mystery to keep you going. There are some bits that didn't quite make it in terms of credibility but I could be overthinking things. I won't mention it here as it could be quite the spoiler. Otherwise, I'd say I enjoyed it more than I expected to and will be keeping an eye out for more of Megan Miranda's work!
Thank you for this gift Audible! Much appreciated!
Avid reader, goodreads-er, & instagrammer who always has an audiobook in the background (or foreground) of her life.
[Decker learns that Delaney is somewhere talking with Holden, Maya's brother]
"Holden," I mumbled.
"What kind of a name is Holden anyway?"
Jana blinked at me [...] "Catcher in the Rye? Ring any bells?"
By my blank expression, I guess she could tell that it did not.
She sighed. "Holden is only the angstiest voice of discontented youth in all of recent literature."
Shit. Delaney was going to love him.
Oh, how I love this author. I really recommend her.
Here are the things that made me want to give this book 5 stars:
-I really loved Decker's narration and grew to like him even more than in Fracture.
-The story is haunting, suspenseful, and extremely addicting.
-The writing is perfect. Styles that are too simple or too flowery are distracting -- this had a perfect, unobtrusive balance, yet it was gripping, clever in parts, and poetic in others.
- Even though Fracture had a satisfying close, it still left some questions to explore and so this sequel felt natural and even like it could stand alone.
However, there were a couple of caveats. First, I felt that Delaney's character fell a little flat. I guess it's bound to happen to an extent since we're not in her head anymore, but it didn't really feel like the same character sometimes. Her and Decker's relationship troubles were understandable, but lasted too long, and were resolved too anticlimactically. And the end of the book lost a little steam from the amazing and intense opening, and still left questions that were a big part of the story!
Despite these things, I was not disappointed. This is just overall the kind of book I love to read. You can bet I'll be religiously tracking this authors releases :)
(Also, the narration of this audiobook was AMAZING. I am impressed that a female narrator was able to pull off a male p.o.v. so flawlessly. Her voices were distinct, but not distracting, and her intonation spot on.)
An early copy of this audiobook was provided for me by audible.com ... Little did they know this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Muahahaha!
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