The premise of this book was extremely interesting, but I felt like the book was a little lacking in the execution. It was a little hard to connect with Delaney, the relationship with her parents was a little strange, and I understood Troy’s necessity, but his character annoyed me a bit.
Delaney comes across as cold towards the people in her life she should look to most. Decker has to remind her to be nice to her friends when they come to visit her. Decker saved her from the lake and she even treats him with a harsh distance. She becomes a person her parents don’t recognize and she doesn’t really give them much respect. Granted, there are times when her parents don’t deserve that, but there are other times when they are just being parents that nearly lost their daughter and she acts like there’s nothing she can do.
I had a problem with Troy acting as God. I was really hoping he’d come in and be more of a helping force for Delaney; someone that can help her come to terms with what is happening in her life. Instead, he plays extremely hot and cold and has a major God Complex. I can see the need for that to wake Delaney up and make her see what she should be doing with her new life, but that doesn’t make me like it anymore.
There were a couple other plot lines left open that I wish had been dealt with. It would have given a little bit more closure to the book. I don’t want to name them, as to not give away spoilers, but there were just a couple issues with Delaney’s friends and with Troy that I wish had been explored a little more before the book ended.
However, even with those two major issues I had, the writing itself was amazing. Miranda was really able to capture the character’s emotions and get Troy’s mentally unstable emotions across. She wrote the human mind and its complexities very well. I was never entirely sure where the novel was going to go next and I really enjoyed that.
Overall, this was a good book that left a few too many things open for it to be a great book. It was an interesting look into how people deal with death and the aftermath of not dying. I’m glad I picked this book up to read.