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Fracture - Megan Miranda Our story begins on a cold winter's day when seventeen-year old Delaney falls into a frozen lake through the thin ice and dies. For eleven minutes. Inexplicably, she wakes up in the hospital six days later from a coma, with no brain damage whatsoever.

But something has changed. Delaney can now feel when someone is dying. As her behaviour gets more erratic due to this "ability", it sends Delaney and her loved ones into downward spiral as all of them try to understand what is happening, especially when Delaney always happens to be around when someone dies AND when it seems like she might have caused the deaths.

This is when she runs into Troy, a fellow "coma-survivor", who has the same ability as hers. Delaney turns to him in desperation when all her relationships seem to be on the verge of breaking, as he is the only person who could possibly understand what is happening to her. Only, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye...

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LOVED it. For a debut novel, this is fantastic! The writing is utterly gripping, tight - doesn't let your attention wander - and oh, so very raw. Miranda has wonderfully captured Delaney's frustration at not being able to understand what's happened to her, why her and her despair at not being able to help the dying. And the author's depiction of the twisted, tortured soul of Troy is gut-wrenching, to say the least.

The ending was tragic but nicely resolved with Delaney coming to terms with the person she has become. Her relationship with Decker, her best-friend and neighbour (who later turns into something more) was sweet, albeit unnecessarily complicated.

The message one ends up taking away from this book is that death is inevitable. There's no point in trying to lose out on the present by worrying about something that is bound to happen eventually, no matter what you do to postpone it or avoid it.

"If you had one day left to live, what would you do?".

4.5 stars. Highly recommended!

P.S - My only gripe with the book is that the title "Fracture" is extremely underwhelming compared to the story - wish Miranda had picked something else.