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?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
Phenomenal! I love that this is so completely real. That reality helps make this so much more tragic. I can feel the emotions and completely understand them. For instance, the relationship problems between Delaney and her best friend make complete sense. In reality we “ruin” relationships all the time by saying or doing the wrong things. It really does seem like something permanent. When Delaney plunges head long into the deeper darker parts of her experience I felt as if I was in the same boat. It is just written so convincingly. I love that the author has taken something so real that I would normally balk at reading and softened the edges by adding something “other”, as she would put it. It made it so much easier for me to put down my barriers and fully take in the many messages contained among the pages. By far my favorite is how it ends. When I first read the ending I accidentally skipped the second and third pages from the end. I guess they were sticking. I felt a bit let down. On turning back I discovered two very crucial and perfect pages that made the book complete. As with reality, there aren’t any concrete promises of happy endings. Simply the author prescribes a strong dose of hope that leaves life feeling worth living.
Content: some swearing, sexual tension and underage drinking
About the author: Megan is a scientist – turned – teacher – turned – stay-at-home-mom – turned – writer. She is not nearly as indecisive as she sounds. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, where she volunteers as an MIT Educational Counselor, does the mom thing by day, and writes by night.
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