My Rating: 5 Stars!
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Publish Date: November 14th, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.
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?
A Blue Door
“There’s no light in the narrow stairway to the third floor.”
Reading Fragments of the Lost is like getting introduced to seeing the world in a subtly different but completely new way. Following Jessa as she cleans out her ex-boyfriends room after his death she goes through his things and with each thing comes a memory that adds to create the story of who he was to her and how she starts to see that he wasn’t the person she thought he was.
What I loved about Fragments of the Lost was how even though the style of the chapters was continuously similar the way each fragment led to some sort of action that propelled the story forward made every moment fascinating. There was betrayal, love, loss, suspense, and tragedy done in ways that felt so new because of how everything was slowly pulled back and revealed. The tension built and built steadily throughout and ended in such a well written climax that both shocked and awed me.
It is incredible how much the random items that Caleb owned connected to him and told his story or at least the story that linked him and Jessa. It felt like a really good thriller/detective story that pieces together a person allowing you to see all sides of them in a way that you rarely get in a novel.
Fragments of the Lost is a gem. It will keep you guessing and wondering about where this is all leading you until you too are lost. Fragments is a wondrous thrill ride that I will never forget.
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-Till next time!