FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST
Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.
His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.
But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.
Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
- What is on your nightstand?
I have an always-growing stack of books in my To-Be-Read pile, but the one I’m about to dive into is FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway. I have loved all of Robin’s books, and can’t wait to read this one!
- What author would you totally fan?
Gillian Flynn and Tana French are two of my absolute favorite writers. They both write such strong character-driven stories, with haunting prose—I’m such a fan.
- What makes you cringe?
Most people can’t stand the sound of nails on a chalkboard, but I also can’t stand the sound of chalk on a chalkboard. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’d say I *sort of* go with the flow. When I start out, I let the character lead the way, and approach the early pages as a discovery draft. But before I get too far in, I try to step back and see the major turning points. Even if I can’t see the overarching plot, I try to see what might happen at the quarter mark, the halfway point, etc., to cause a shift in the direction of the story—or maybe the twist that changes how things are perceived. As I write, I’m constantly adding sticky notes to the white board beside my desk, and over time, an outline begins to emerge.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I seem to find a few favorites with each new book. I was just reading back through a new first draft, and noticed I had used reckless and restless a lot. Once, even in the same sentence.
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