This one is so Clover’s fault! Her review had me wanting to read it after the first paragraph and had me clicking on the buy button at Kobo by the end.
So it had a lot to live up to when I started reading it! Thankfully it more than managed to.
The book tells the story of Delaney Maxwell, and what happens to her after she is pulled from the ice-covered lake she fell into and the eleven minutes she spent under the ice.
Nobody should be able to survive such an event, but miracles do sometimes happen and Delaney is one of them. There appears to be a price though and she feels drawn to those about to die. Drawn as in physically pulled towards them.
At her side is Dexter Phillips, her neighbour and life long best friend. It was an argument with Dexter that led her to be standing alone on the ice when if fractured in the first place, but it was also Dexter who pulled her from the ice.
Then another boy, Troy, enters the story. Troy also survived an event he shouldn’t have, and when he seems to have the same new ‘gift’ as Delaney, she is drawn to him, as she tries to make sense of everything that has happened and os happening to her.
This new friendship, starts to put cracks in her friendship with Dexter. It becomes clear that Troy’s motives aren’t what she thought they were, can she draw away from him and repair her friendship with Dexter, when their gift keeps bringing them together?
I really enjoyed this one. It’s not as it first may appear a paranormal tale. Yes there is the mystery of the ‘gift’ both Delaney and Troy have, but is much more about the complexity of relationships and the importance of living life while you have it.
Backed up by some fantastic characters in Delaney and Dexter (I’ll be honest here and admit I’ve always had a weakness for couples that have been friends since childhood, I just like the dynamic it gives them. It doesn’t always need to end in romance either, even though it’s particularly sweet when it does. I also really feel the pain when there are road-humps in that friendship.) And I so much wanted them both to sort things out.
Troy is also an interesting ‘bad-guy’. He certainly is one, but he’s also suffered like Delaney and is probably more misguided than actually ‘evil’ in his intent, making you both want to feel sorry for him and punch him in the face!
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I’ll also be reviewing the ‘prequel’ short story, Eleven Minutes, which is told from Dexter’s point of view tomorrow. (Eleven Minutes is only available as an ebook).