5 / 5 Stars
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect upon reading the description of this selection, however from the very first sentence I was hooked. This story is an awesome combination of grief, mystery, magic and suspense.
I was constantly intrigued by what was going to happen next, from the story’s connection to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination to Tyler and what happened in his life that brought it to its end, this was a story that captured me and made me want to keep reading.
The characters in this book were so captivating and I honestly loved Eric, Megan’s ‘sidekick’ to her new-found powers. He was so supportive and understanding and he did a lot for her. Nathan, the love interest, was wonderfully well-rounded and Megan herself was a great hero.
The main reason I loved this selection so much was first and foremost, it was about loss. Megan’s brother died and no one had the answers as to how. His family, in turn, dealt with grieving him in an array of ways which allows readers to truly understand just how unique the process is. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve someone and I think that this story makes a point of emphasizing that.
It was a bit darker, as the topic of drugs and death was approached quite a bit, however following the plot of the story and the development of Tyler’s death, it was a necessary component.
I ended up selecting this as our April YA selection for Once Upon a Book Club, because I ended up loving it so much. The Bookish Box must have felt the same as they included it in their March box as well!
This is definitely a book that should have gotten more promotion than it did – definitely a favorite.
This was a wonderful read and I definitely recommend it.