I loved this book! Simple as that. It was such a gripping, dark thriller. Absolutely perfect for Autumn and Halloween. This was my first book by Megan Miranda, but I will definitely pay much more attention to her books from now. If you have any recommendations, make sure to leave them in the comments below.
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?
So what made this book perfect for stormy nights? Let’s see!
1 – Heart-rending break up followed by guilt. Caleb is declared dead, his car was washed down the river in pieces. He was last seen at Jessa’s meet and everyone seems to be blaming her for his death. Was it something she said to him that made him so angry and in hurry to leave in the horrible downpour? Everyone saw them talking, but no-one knows what the last words were. And now Jessa cannot shake the feeling of guilt.
2 – Mysteries and unanswered questions. When Caleb’s mother asks Jessa to help her pack his room, how could she have said no. And now Jessa is all alone between his belonging, finding more and more clues to why he was so distant before his death, why their relationship wasn’t in a good place and what he has been up to during the months before the tragic accident.
3 – Thrilling and scary events. As Jessa comes closer to unraveling the truth behind Caleb’s death, she notices that she is not the only one interested in finding out what really happened. She has been followed. Someone is checking her moves, checking what she knows and how much of a threat she has become.
4 – Fragments of the past. It is impossible to go through someone else’s things, someone who was once very dear to you without having flashbacks of certain events, memories, feelings. Caleb and Jessa were dating for over a year. There are a lot of things for Jessa to remember, the bad and the good, the love and the doubt.
5 – Friendship, social anxiety and grief. When your boyfriend (or what many don’t know, ex-boyfriend) dies in high-school, how are you supposed to move on? Jessa has been grieving. She has been hiding from the outside world. And we see her journey through these emotions, as she learns how to deal with them.
Thank you NetGalley and Crown Books for Young Readers for the free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It was a very thrilling and interesting book, and I only hope that more of you will pick it up soon!
With love, Alex