PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray
DATE PUBLISHED: 21st March 2017
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.
Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.
A realistic portrayal of a family in the throes of grief over the loss of a son. A combination of a murder mystery novel and magical realism, this debut novel follows one girl as she searches for answers about her brothers death.
The main plot point that moves this novel along is Megan’s search for answers about what happened to her brother on the night he died. Along the way she is accompanied in one way or another by three friends who assist her in the search for answers.
Megan is a character who is faced with grief over the loss of her brother and is coming to terms with that and what it means for her family. On her search for answers about the death she discovers she has the ability of Premonition. If an object carries a powerful enough memory she can see past event relating to that object. Megan’s character is relatable in the way she faces grief and seeks answers.
A gipping novel with links to the Lincoln assassination that adds an element to this debut novel and makes it glow. Megan is a modern day Nancy Drew searching for answers and solving the mystery of her brothers death fuelled by grief.
Keep Calm and Read On,