Sunday, 16 April 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley.
Letters to the Lost
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Letters to the Lost “There is agony in that picture. Every time I look at it, I think, “I know exactly how she feels.””

This was a YA contemporary story, about two people brought together by grief.

Juliet was an interesting character, and it was clear that losing her mum had really destroyed her. I did think that the letter writing seemed to help her though, especially when Declan started writing back! Declan was another interesting character, if a little rough around the edges, and I really wanted to know more about why he had done what he had done to end up doing community service.

The storyline in this was about Juliet writing letters to her dead mother and leaving them at her grave, and Declan finding them and replying. At first Juliet was shocked, but once they started talking to each other over email, and realised that they both were hurting over losing someone, they seemed to start supporting each other, which was nice to see. There was a little bit of mystery to the story, and a couple of plot points which were a little easy to guess, but this was an enjoyable story overall. I wouldn’t call this a romance though, as we basically got no romance at all until the very, very end.

The ending to this was quite good, and I liked the way that things turned out for Juliet and Declan.

7 out of 10

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