Published November 14th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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?
With that being said, I was eager to dig into Fragments of the Lost, after one review compared the book to Gone Girl. Miranda introduces us to Jessa Whitworth, who is put in the impossible position of cleaning out her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room, after his death. Jessa struggles with the idea, but goes ahead in the hopes of letting Caleb's family moving on.
What I always appreciate about Megan's writing, is that she's not afraid to try new things. She's written Fragments of the Lost in a format that made me think of Memento or Thirteen Reasons Why (which was one of the comparison titles used); the objects Jessa packs, segues into flashbacks that have her reliving (and rethinking) their relationship.
While some of the flashback sequences triggered by the objects felt a bit repetitive at time, Miranda is obviously skilled as she builds upon the objects themselves, which is no easy thing to do. Small things take on new importance, particularly when Jessa starts realizing not everything is as clear-cut as she might have originally believed. Miranda is especially good at generating that ever-creeping sense of dread you feel when you're reading a particularly good mystery, and I definitely felt it, as I was reading through, and trying to figure out what was up.
Miranda is also careful to build up secondary characters and using them to add strength to Jessa's discoveries, not an entirely easy feat, given how the book is structured. Characters are solid and three-dimesional (and in a few cases, actually kind of awful.)
Without giving a many spoilers away, the slight twist at the end, will make the build-up of the story wroth it. A thrilling good read, and perfect for the mystery reader in your life.
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